Gas Vs. Electric Clothes Dryers

When you buy a new appliance for your home, you want to be sure you made the best decision so the investment will be worth it and you won’t have to worry about anything for a long time. Things are a little different when it comes to buying a clothes dryer, first of all, because you might not find it necessary. Once you get over the functionality issue, comes the energy consumption that is the most important aspect in a clothes dryer. This being said, let’s see which of the two models, gas or electric, is the most convenient and suitable for your home.

Purchase and installation costs

Gas dryers cost between $350 and $1,600 while the electric dryers cost between $250 and $1,500,meaning the last ones are cheaper to purchase. As for installation, the electric ones also score points because they only need to be plugged into a power supply while the gas dryers require a technician to come and connect them to the gas line. Also, the gas dryer needs venting at all times while only some electric dryers require you to create a special vent.

Costs in the long run

Dryers aren’t energy efficient appliances because they weren’t designed to be, and they can use up to 12% of your household’s electricity over a year. However, you must not panic because one load of clothes in the dryer costs around 35 cents in an electric dryer and 25 in a gas dryer.
Deciding which type of dryer is best for you depends on your household’s utilities. There are areas where gas lines are connected to almost every home so the gas dryer seems like the appropriate choice. However, if your house doesn’t have a gas line, installing one could be more expensive than then lifetime consumption of an electric dryer so you are better of with an electric dryer. Also, the gas price in some areas can be higher than the electricity price, but this depends on where you live. Therefore, before deciding on the type of dryer your house needs, you must consider these aspects.

Bottom line, if you are looking for convenience in a dryer that gets installed fast and that you can move anytime you want, the electric dryer is the best choice. If you are worried about its consumption, you must live with the idea that dryers are not cheap in operating regardless the type you choose.

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