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There is no doubt a dryer makes life a lot easier. I understand some people are vehemently opposed to the dryer notion however I am vehemently opposed to getting behind in my washing.

This is the one thing I try to keep a step ahead in. If I get behind in this job I feel like I am catching up for days on end. It’s not like the washing ever stops right?

Most of us are energy conscious these days, as am I. Being conscious about something doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t use a particular item altogether. I use a mix of clothes horses and dryer time. I just find for towel and linen in Winter, you cannot do without a dryer. There are really great advances in technology and energy efficiency with dryers, so come out from under that pile of laundry and let me simplify it for you.

What are the different programs?

Different dryers will support different programs. Consider what you mainly dry and then research the dryer that will complement your drying needs.


This is the basic setting which most dryers will have that is for towels, linen, jeans, etc. This is a setting for heavier cotton or denim and durable items.

Iron dry

This setting leaves a little bit of moisture in the garments, therefore making it easier to iron if that is what you want to do with the item when the drying cycle is finished. It is designed to reduce creasing.

Light dry

This setting doesn’t provide the intense heat other settings do. It often has a default time limit as well. Generally 1 hour.


This setting is generally used when a garment needs freshening up. There is no drying component to this setting, as it only produces clean air to circulate through the garment.

Extra dry

This setting will remove all moisture from the items and provides warmth and flexibility in the item, which makes it really easy to fold immediately after the drying cycle has finished.

Wrinkle free/Anti creasing

This is a program that will keep rotating your clothes at intervals (possibly every 10 minutes) to prevent your clothes from creasing AFTER the clothes have been completely dried.

How does the dryer get rid of the moisture?

Tumble dryers

Works by drawing in cool air from its surroundings and heating it before it passes through the tumbler in the drum where your clothes are.

Condenser dryers

Works by disbursing heated air throughout the load. Most other dryers then vent the hot air either into the floor or out of the house. Condenser dryers use a heat exchanger to cool the air and condense the water vapour into either a drain, pipe or collection reservoir.

Heat pump dryers

This works by using a heat pump to dehumidify the processing air. These dryers are very energy efficient. The hot air from the dryer transfers through the heat pump, where the cold side condenses the water vapour into a liquid collection vessel. The hot side then reheats the air again for re use. These dryers do not require ducting

Basic maintenance

The most important maintenance that has to be performed on a dryer is for the lint filter to be emptied after every use. If the lint in this filter is left to accumulate, it may cause the dryer to catch fire.

Your venting system should be cleaned once a year from the inside out to the vent cap if you have your dryer vented outside the house. Professionals can be hired to do this.

Clean the area around the outside venting cap. Remove anything that would stop the air flow out of the vent.

It is always preferable to have a door open that is closest to the dryer.

Stacking and mounting

Stacking a dryer on top of a washer is a great way to save space. If you live in a small space that doesn’t have a separate laundry, stacking your washing and dryer together is a really good option. In some homes, it is done in the kitchen or the bathroom. Often it can be built into a cupboard or a simple curtain can hide these appliances. If you are stacking, the only option you have with a washing machine is a front loader as there will not be enough clearance for a top loaders’ lid to open.

Stacking kits are available and consist of a frame and spring which allows for you to adjust the kit to your specific measurements. The idea of a stacking kit is to evenly distribute the weight of the dryer across the top of the washing machine. The legs of the dryer must be removed before placing it on top of the stacking kit which is sitting on top of the washing machine. You then need to make sure your washing machine is level. The legs of your washing machine must be attached to the bottom of it to provide the correct level and support of the machine. There may be a belt or flat rope included in your stacking kit. This will need to be fed through the sides of the housing of the kit and attached to the dryer for added safety and to secure the two appliances together.

Mounting a dryer is a little trickier. It is definitely a 2 person job. If you want to mount the dryer you will need a mounting kit. Some dryers already come with the components required. You will need to screw brackets into the wall and lift the dryer onto the brackets.