Top Six Reasons to Consider Installing Propane-Powered Clothes Dryers
“Equipped with powerful innovations like moisture sensors, pilotless ignition, and timed drying cycles, propane clothes dryers are a smart investment for cost-conscious homeowners,” the Propane Education & Research Council tells us.
And all of us here at Phillips Energy – from Gloucester to Mathews and New Kent and beyond – happen to agree.
If you’re thinking about ways to enhance your home, are building a new home or are in the market to upgrade your appliances to propane-powered options, we’ve gathered our top six reasons why you should consider a propane clothes dryer.
Because time is of the essence.
Propane clothes dryers offer homeowners an efficient, convenient, and quick laundry solution. Compared with electric dryers, a propane clothes dryer will dry clothes faster and more efficiently.
Because innovation matters.
Propane dryers also offer the latest innovations such as steam cycles to de-wrinkle and freshen garments, drum lights to better see into the unit, and LCD control screens for ease of use. With propane, “laundry day” goes by a lot faster.
Because performance is important.
Propane dryers are available in different capacities, with burners generally ranging from 18,000 Btu/h up to 30,000 Btu/h. Electric dryers have heating output levels at the low end of this range. This translates to faster drying times for propane clothes dryers.
Because we all want to live wrinkle free – and no one likes to iron!
Propane clothes dryers produce hot air with more moisture than electric heaters, which can help relax wrinkles in the clothes. Propane clothes dryers also feature moisture sensors, pilotless ignition, and timed drying cycles to ensure that the unit operates efficiently and safely. The moisture sensors prevent over-drying of the clothes — thereby saving additional energy and keeping the cycle time to a minimum.
Because energy efficiency means cost savings.
Propane clothes dryers can save over 20 percent in energy costs compared with electric dryers. The efficiency and cost benefits are created by the propane dryer’s higher heating capacity, shorter cycle times, and features like pilotless ignition. In the same way that a propane tankless water heater is more efficient than using electricity to heat water, using propane heat to dry clothes is also more efficient. In fact, the propane clothes dryer, the clothes washer, and a propane tankless water heater supplying the clothes washer form a “laundry room technology trio” to optimize convenience, efficiency, and performance. Going with propane means avoiding the cost of installing a 220V circuit for an electric dryer, too. The lower-cost 110V circuit for a propane dryer can also supply the clothes washer with power.
Because it helps the environment.
Propane clothes dryers result in an annual savings of 0.1 to 0.3 metric tons CO2 emissions as compared with electric clothes dryers.3 Over the course of the dryer’s useful life, this means the propane clothes dryer saves over 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.
Interested in installing a propane clothes dryer? Contact us at any of our Phillips Energy locations – Gloucester, Mathews or New Kent – and schedule a consultation.