Buying a new domestic appliance is usually a long-term investment, whether you’re replacing an old appliance or setting up a home for the first time. Why not take advantage of the occasion to buy the most energy-efficient products you can? Before you buy a Tumble Dryer though, you need to understand the difference between the two types that are most commonly available: Heat Pump or Condenser Dryers.
Both types of dryers function similarly as the air is drawn into the dryer, which then passes through a heating coil and warms the clothes inside, collects moisture and is then vented out. Heat Pump dryers use gas to create the heat, and electric condenser dryers use electricity. Both of these types use an electric fan to distribute the heat. Even though both types require a steady stream of electricity, heat pump models are slightly more efficient.
A typical condenser dryer model (probably E rated) will cost up to twice as much per year to run as a heat pump model (typically D rated). The actual savings you make depend on the cost of your electricity and how many times you use the dryer. In turn these will determine whether the heat pump models will actually work out more expensive over their life time. Some estimates mean that they can save up to 30p per cycle, which could add up to £50 per year. Therefore after four years you will be saving money even if a New Heat Pump version costs £300 extra to start with.