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Natural gas is nature's cleanest-burning fuel, and a gas dryer is as gentle with the environment as it is with your clothes. Ask your local retailer about natural gas dryers and enjoy cost-effective, energy-efficient drying. The more laundry you do, the more, you'll appreciate a natural gas dryer. Unlike electric dryers, natural gas dryers provide instant heat. That means your laundry will be done faster and come out fluffy and clean smelling.
Gas Dryer Advantages
High-efficiency natural gas dryers dry your clothes 20% faster and for less money than electric models. Natural gas dryers also produce less static cling. When a gas dryer turns off, the heat dissipates quickly, reducing the amount of wrinkling. That's an important feature if you can't fold the clothes right away. Gas dryers sense when your clothes are dry, which saves energy and reduces the risk of shrinkage. That's because many models measure the heat and moisture levels throughout the drying cycle. The machine automatically shuts off when the load is done. Some models signal when the clothes are dry and continue to tumble without heat, allowing you more time to fold the load. Gas dryers now offer touch controls, digital displays, and microcomputer-based temperature settings for sensitive fabrics.
Natural gas is less expensive than electricity. Initial purchase price is an important consideration, but don't discount the dryer's operating and servicing costs. A gas dryer lasts a long time, up to 13 years or more. Operating costs, warranty coverage and availability of parts and service at competitive prices are as important to consider as the purchase price. Switching from an electric dryer to an energy efficient natural gas dryer will reduce your operating costs by 50%.
- Ignition - For additional savings and energy conservation, today's natural gas dryers use electronic ignition systems (instead of a continuously burning pilot light).
- Sizing - Natural gas clothes dryers range in size from 24 inches to 29 inches and generally come in three different drum sizes: compact, regular/large and extra large.
- Features - Most clothes dryers have from three to six different drying cycles for different types of fabrics and the desired dryness. For example, a "permanent press" cycle uses cool air during the last period of drying so clothes will wrinkle less. Some dryers also offer a feature that continues to tumble the clothes periodically to keep wrinkles from setting in. An adjustable end-of-cycle signal is available on most dryers. A "delicate" cycle uses lower temperatures for delicate fabrics, while the "air fluff" cycle uses no warm air at all.
- Venting/Exhausting - Natural gas dryers are required to be vented/exhausted to the outdoors. Clothes dryers should never be exhausted into the home because humid air could cause condensation that might damage the structure. The technician who installs your natural gas dryer should use the straightest, shortest duct pipe for venting. Rigid, metal duct piping traps the least amount of lint and lets the air flow freely.
- Lint filters - Select a dryer with a lint filter that is easily reached, as they should be cleaned after every load of laundry. Even a light buildup of lint on the filter can lengthen drying time by restricting the flow of wet air to the outdoors.
- Leveling - A dryer must be level to prevent the rotating drum from causing damage. It's a good idea to select a unit with leveling legs that have rust protection and a locking mechanism to hold them at the correct height.