How Do Heated Clothes Dryers Work?
They are designed just like an ordinary indoor dryer/clothes horse, with metal bars or hangers to help airflow and assist clothes drying naturally. However, these bars heat up when the unit is plugged in and turned on thanks to the motor, so the combination of the air and heat speeds up the process – just like what would happen in a tumble dryer.
Why Are Heated Clothes Dryers A Good Idea?
There are many reasons. They are quicker than ordinary air dryers while taking up a lot less space than a tumble dryer, and costing considerably less to run than the latter too.
They can be used all year round, so if you don’t like to hang clothes out in summer because of pollen and insects and need something for quicker drying in winter, they are ideal. It could also save you switching your heating on when the room doesn’t need to be heated, but you have clothes hanging up.
If you currently dot your clothes all around the home to dry (all your smalls across every radiator in your house, jumpers hanging over doors and jeans over the dining chairs), it will keep everything in one place.
Will Drying Indoors Make My Room Damp?
As the water evaporates from the clothing, it will be released into the atmosphere, which could affect the humidity and dampness of the room. However, because there is heat involved as opposed to just air drying, this can reduce the amount of damp in the air slightly because it is being done over a much quicker time scale.
Buying a cover could keep some of the air released at bay, but you may also wish to buy a dehumidifier if it becomes a problem.
Are There Any Downsides To Heated Clothes Dryers?
As mentioned above, the moisture they release into the air may be an issue if you suffer from respiratory issues or your home is generally quite prone to damp.
They take longer to get the job done than a tumble dryer but are a lot quicker than an ordinary non-heated airer for comparison. You do need a plug to power them, so could be restricted in terms of placement. Because of this, they can’t be used in places with water sources, or outdoors, whereas a non-electric option is more flexible.
You could always have one of each to switch between – non-electric models are now more affordable than ever, especially from names such as Addis, Minky and Lakeland.