A laundry dryer, more commonly called simply dryer or tumble dryer is an electric powered household appliance which is used to rapidly remove excess moisture from a load of bedding, clothing and other delicate textiles, generally shortly after they have been washed in a conventional washing machine. The dryer dries the bedding, and then hangs out to dry in the air until it is ready to be folded. Some dryers have a setting for delicate fabrics such as silk or chiffon, and these can be especially difficult to dry on an electric drier without setting the machine up wrong. Once the bedding has been completely dried, fold it neatly and store it in a separate cloth bag. The fact that the dryer dries clothes quickly and leaves them crisp and ready to wear makes dry-cleaning an extremely popular method of protecting clothing.
Many modern laundry dryers are equipped with built-in heat sensors. These detect body heat from the body of the person drying their article, and adjust the heat accordingly, thus maintaining a comfortable temperature for the users. Some manufacturers are even experimenting with infrared heat sensing technology, although currently there’s no way to detect body heat using infrared in this way. Regardless, it is an attractive advantage for many applications.
There are two types of laundry dryers to choose from, electric and gas-powered. Gas dryers use propane or natural gas to power heating elements within the unit, but are otherwise very similar to electric dryers. Electric dryers, obviously, are simply those that generate electricity instead of heat. In addition to using electricity for power, they have a control panel and timer set up to run various cycles based on user inputs.
The different cycles that the dryer runs are usually worked by a rotation process that moves the drum or tube around the drum until a person has finished drying their load. The cycles range from “low speed” to “high speed”, and it may depend upon the load being dried. At the high speed cycle, the load is completely dried within a few seconds, while at the low speed cycle, the load may be slightly wet. The dryer cycles are generally adjusted according to the size of the load being dried.
The second type of dryer is the thermostatic dryer. This type of laundry dryer provides an automatic temperature control. When the drum reaches the predetermined temperature, the computer microchip begins to calculate and adjust the temperature, which causes the heat source to shut down until the desired temperature has been reached. The dryer then holds the temperature for a prescribed cooldown period, and then cycles to start drying the next load. Once the next load has been dried, the setting can be adjusted again, and so forth.
Outdoor drying units are designed to dry outdoor clothing inside the garage, on a sunny day, or when the sun is at its strongest. These units are generally constructed with fabric coverings, and they can either have a retractable fabric cover, or one that rolls up into a convenient bag. Fabric covered outdoor drying units provide excellent protection from insects and are usually equipped with an interior LED light that controls the amount of heat produced. Many homeowners with outdoor laundry use these units to control the overall temperature, while they wait for their clothes to dry in the yard.
Damp proofing washers are also available for use indoors. These use special technology to prevent the fabric from getting damaged by water splashes. These types of dryers are perfect for the person who often dons their clothes before putting them away in the closet, or the professional who wants to be able to dry their items immediately after washing. An advantage to choosing a drier with an interior LED light is that these models eliminate the need for a manually cranking mechanism. These dryers are best used with delicate fabrics such as silk or fine cotton. Indoor dryers that are used for drying clothes indoors are often constructed using metal bodies with aluminum hoods, which can cause serious damage to delicate fabrics.
One of the best ways to protect your family from the threat of developing mold and mildew is to install a ventilation system that will allow the dryer to release air into the room. This can be done either through a ceiling fan, or another venting system that will allow the outside air to be exchanged with the indoor air. The best way to find out which type of venting would best serve your needs is to talk with your venting company. They should be able to answer any questions you have about duct work and indoor air quality.