As a homeowner, there are a few must-have appliances that every home requires to run smoothly. These are a range and hood (or microhood), a refrigerator, and some would argue a washer and dryer. These appliances not only make life as a homeowner easier, but by purchasing energy efficient options, can save you a lot of money. Whether it is your first time shopping for a washer and dryer, or time to replace your current units, follow these guidelines to find the perfect unit for you.
Wash, Wash, Wash Your Clothes
The biggest question when it comes to choosing a washer is whether to select a top or front loading machine. The answer to this question is a matter of efficiency. Here are the pros and cons of both options:
More energy efficient More expensive
Fits more clothes Longer wash cycles
Cheaper Option Not as efficient- may cost more money to run
Shorter wash cycles Increased capacity means a deeper tub–some people won’t be able to reach the bottom to retrieve their clothing
Whichever option you choose, focus on the features the machine has to offer. Many of today’s models will have a control panel giving detailed information about where the load is in the wash process, and offer a wide variety of settings including those that allow the you to choose settings, fabric types, and most even have dispensers to allow bleach, detergents and softeners to release at the appropriate time.
What Gets Washed, Must Be Dried
If you are the type that hands everything to dry, you may find a dryer more of a luxury than a necessity. However, here are a few pointers about dryers:
- High efficiency models are not currently in production. According to Energy-star, most models will use about the same amount of energy. Don’t be fooled into paying more by a salesperson that tells you otherwise!
- Extensive features are not needed. While touch pads may look nice, they do not enhance the performance of the machine.
- Dryers that still have working sensors to detect how damp clothing is and set times accordingly are not much different than those on the market today. Though it may look different, if it ain’t broke, why replace it?
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