You might think I am being over keen to find ways to save money, but unfortunately, if you have a tumble dryer you should clean the fluff catcher each time you use the machine. If this is full, your machine isn’t working at its best capacity and is costing you more money to run than if this is clean. This is just the beginning of the cleaning that you must do to save money if you need to use a tumble dryer to dry your clothes.
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Using Your Tumble Dryer To Save You Money
Using your appliance effectively is going to save you the most money and one of those recommendations is to clean this fluff filter. However, there are more serious reasons that you should keep on top of your tumble dryer cleaning schedule, a poorly ventilated tumble dryer can potentially cause a fire in your home.
How to prevent your tumble dryer from going up into flames is to make sure that you are regularly cleaning your appliance and understand how to do this effectively.
I currently have a condensing tumble dryer, this means that it doesn’t have a hose going to the outside but has a condensing unit which you need to keep free from fluff and needs regular cleaning. I clean mine about once a month, if I miss this I know, as items take longer to dry, any increase in drying time means an increase in electricity and cost to me.
I find this a simple process, I follow the directions from the manufacturer’s handbook and the only difference is the use of an old towel to prevent any drips.
With a condensing tumble dryer, you do need to empty the water container too. The water that the tumble dryer has removed from your clothes, it is not drinkable, but I do use this water for watering my plants and in my steam cleaner too, I let it cool down first, though!
In the past, I had a vented tumble dryer; these have the hose connected to the tumble dryer that vents the hot damp air outside. These hoses can and will become blocked with that same fluff you find in the filter, it gets into these hoses and starts to block them. Not only does this affect the dryer, it can’t vent out the air properly, so it is not as effective in drying your clothes, but this fluff is also a fire hazard.
A fire in your tumble dryer is not something that you should ever have to deal with and with regular cleaning; you can prevent a fire in your home.
Never switch on your tumble dryer and leave it unattended, you should always use this appliance if you are in your home, you should never leave them running when you go out. If there was a malfunction, being home could prevent it from starting a fire. You are also more able to check the contents on a regular basis and this can prevent clothes getting too dry and wasting the heat and electric, too.
Therefore, it is important that you take care of your tumble dryer, clean out the fluff from the hose in the vented models, and clean the condensing unit in condensing tumble dryers on a regular basis to prevent the potential of fire and to save money on the drying time of clothes.
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