BSH Home Appliance is working to dispel some of the rumours about tumble dryers, such as the suggestion that they are expensive to run and energy hungry.
Bosch category manager for home laundry Ros Collins argues that this view is out of date. She comments: “All our dryers are sensor dryers and deliver the best energy efficiency. This means when the load is dry, they stop. There is never any over drying or excessive use of energy and clothes come out soft and crumple free. In fact, the annual cost to a family with an A-rated tumble dryer is just £37.30 and one 9kg load in a Bosch dryer costs on average about 30p.”
The traditional alternatives to tumble dryers are hanging clothes on the line or around the house on radiators. A tumble dryer not only saves consumers from damp walls, but you would need a 20m washing line to accommodate an average cotton load of 8kg.
Ros added: “It’s also true that tumble dryers are more hygienic than drying outside, which can expose your laundry to pollution. In addition, tumble dryers remove particles from clothes that washing does not, like pollen and animal hair. This is an absolute essential for the growing number of families with allergy issues.”
One of the main reasons modern dryers are more energy efficient than in the past is because of heat pump technology. These innovative models take the hot air used to dry your clothes, pass it through an evaporator (containing a cooling agent) that removes the moisture, after which the air is reheated and reused to continue drying your clothes. This greatly reduces the energy consumption of the dryer, as hot air isn’t expelled into the atmosphere.
Bosch is continuing to improve energy efficiency with its latest heat pump tumble dryers.
Ros commented: “As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, Bosch has taken steps to ensure all of our heat pump dryers have moved to a new cooling agent. This new gas is a particularly energy efficient refrigerant, which is natural and climate neutral. In turn, this will minimise the Global Warming Impact of our dryers.”