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Gas Dryer Vs. Electric Dryer

Bhakti Satalkar Apr 23, 2019
When we want to buy a clothes dryer, there is always the dilemma of whether to go in for a gas dryer or an electric dryer. Go through the following information to understand the workings of both these types of dryers and it will be easier to make a choice.
There may hardly be any American homes which do not have a clothes dryer. Some people look at it as an expensive initial investment, but the cost of operating the dryer is much less, when compared to paying for a laundromat or for laundry services.
There are two types of clothes dryers available in the market--the gas dryers and the electric dryers. Understanding how each of these dryers work and what are their positive and negative points are will help you choose the perfect dryer for your home.

Gas Vs. Electric Dryer

Point I: Working Method

Both, the electric as well as the gas dryers run on a small electric motor, which is used to turn a large drum. The rotating action of the drum tumbles the clothes placed inside. There is an electric fan fitted inside the dryer which ensures that there is an even distribution of the heated air for the clothes to dry.
The heat required to dry the clothes can either be created using gas energy or electric energy. There are heating coils installed inside the electric dryers which are used to supply the heat needed for drying. On the other hand, the gas dryers make use of a gas burner which generates the heat needed for drying.

Point II: Cost

The cheaper option among the two is electric dryers. However, when the savings one makes between these two dryers are considered, one saves more with gas dryers, as the cost of natural gas is lesser when compared to the electricity cost. To run one load of laundry with an electric dryer costs twice the amount required to run the same load with a gas dryer.

Point III: Efficiency

As compared to the electric, the natural gas dryer is able to dry the clothes faster. At the same time, gas dryers are not harsh on the clothes fabric as they dry faster at a specific temperature so that the water from the clothes is evaporated faster.

Point IV: Paraphernalia

A gas dryer will require you to get an electricity connection along with a gas connection to run the dryer. This means you will have to spend on getting a gas connection as well as incorporate the cost of running the dryer.
Along with the gas connection, you will also need an electric ignition pilot light and timers. However, for an electric dryer, you will need only an electric connection. All in all, you will need a connection extra to run a gas dryer.

Point V: Risks

When there is a gas connection, it involves some amount of risk. There is always the risk of a gas leakage. It is a risk not only to the laundry room, but also the entire house. At the same time, during combustion, there are pollutants released into the air in the house. This pollution can be dangerous to someone who is allergic to it.
Gas dryers are cheaper, when one has to consider the purchasing and the running cost together. If you do not have a gas connection in the laundry area, you will have to get a connection installed. However, you will be able to save up a lot on the energy bills.
At the same time, the amount of time required for the clothes to dry in the gas dryer is much lesser when compared to the electric dryer. Also, a gas dryer is delicate on the fabrics.