1. Types of dryers

Vented dryer
Vented dryer
Vented dryer

Vented dryer

Vented dryers blow hot air through the clothes which evaporate the water, then hot humid air is blown out of the dryer. It's best to install a venting duct from your dryer outside of your house, but if you can't do that, you must ensure your laundry space is well-ventilated to let the hot, humid air and moisture escape to avoid leaving your walls dripping wet and potentially becoming mouldy.
Condenser dryer
Condenser dryer
Condenser dryer

Condenser dryer

Condenser dryers blow hot air to get your clothes dry but instead of releasing the moisture into your laundry, the dryer collects the moisture or water and only releases the dry, warm air. This generally, means your walls won't be left dripping wet and your risk of mould is reduced, however, you will still need ventilation within your laundry space, to allow that hot air to escape. You will have to empty the water container regularly though and they can't be wall-mounted due to their weight.
Heat pump dryer
Heat pump dryer
Heat pump dryer

Heat pump dryer

Heat pump dryers are the most energy-efficient of all dryers because they recycle the warm air the dryer makes, back into the drum and use it to dry your clothes more evenly. As a result, they don’t require the same amount of ventilation as other dryers and are ideal for spaces with low ventilation, but they can't be wall-mounted due to their added weight. Heat pump dryers are generally more expensive to buy but over the long run, may save you in energy bills due to their more advanced technology

2. Energy efficiency

With the cost of living on the rise and caring for the planet at the forefront of our minds, energy efficiency has never been more important. Australia’s energy-star rating scheme allows consumers to make informed choices for their home - the more stars, the more energy efficient a product is.

Electrolux dryers include a range of features that let you control the amount of energy consumed each time you use it, including dryness variability and SenseDry technology. You can also improve the energy efficiency of your dryer simply through how you use it, such as remembering to empty the lint filter after every use, choosing to use the time-delay setting to take advantage of off-peak electricity usage times, and ensuring the water container is emptied before every cycle.
Energy efficiency

3. Dryer cycles and usage

Make the most out of your dryer and your clothes by understanding which settings to use - and when.

Cotton Cotton is a highly durable fabric and thus resistant to damage from high heats. Hot and vigorous, the cotton setting on your dryer is best for jeans, socks, underwear (non-wired), cloths, towels and sheets.
A lot of synthetic fabrics have a high plastic content and therefore can melt or be damaged under high heat. The synthetic setting will heat more gently, and is perfect for garments with embellishments, or those that feature fabrics such as nylon, spandex, acrylic or polyester.
Lightweight or delicate fabrics are more sensitive to heat, so a delicate setting dries garments at a much lower heat, for longer, meaning it’s gentler on your clothes.
Perfect for creased clothing that simply needs an airing out, this can effectively freshen up clothes that have been crumpled or folded for long periods.
Energy saver
A longer cycle on a lower heat that uses less energy than a fast, vigorous load, the energy-saver function is perfect for eco or cost-conscious consumers.
Drying rack
An accessory that can be fitted inside your dryer, the drying rack is perfect for drying bulky or awkward items such as shoes, sweaters or coats. It keeps items flat as the dryer rotates around it, preserving the garments and protecting the dryer.

4. Accessories

If you’re looking for a way to stack your dryer on top of your washer without having to mount it to the wall, our laundry stacking kit, designed specifically for Electrolux washers and condenser dryers — featuring a convenient pull-out bench, integrated handle and a white facade to match the washer and dryer. In addition, our drying rack is the perfect accessory for tricky or bulky garments such as sneakers, sweaters or baby carriers. It keeps items flat as the dryer rotates around it, preserving the garments and protecting the dryer.

5. Looking after your dryer

To ensure optimal performance, there are some key maintenance considerations when it comes to looking after your Electrolux dryer.

Cleaning the lint trap

Removing lint buildup from the lint trap after every use not only protects your dryer and reduces the fire hazard, but ensures your dryer functions in the most energy-efficient way. Keeping a small dustbin beside the dryer is a simple way to remember to do it regularly and dispose effortlessly of the excess lint.

Emptying and cleaning water extraction container

It’s essential to regularly empty the water extraction container on your condenser dryer. This is where the excess moisture extracted from your clothes is stored, and when the container becomes too full, the dryer will no longer function properly. Make sure it is properly empty each time, to prevent pooling water.

Cleaning the heat exchanger

Every 10 dryer loads, the heat exchanger and filtration system needs a quick clean, as the residue from clothing, lint and fabric softener can clog it, reducing air-flow Use the brush fitting on your vacuum to go over your lint trap and filter, then use a damp microfibre to ensure it is free of debris.

6. Top FAQs

  • Do dryers use a lot of electricity?
    The household dryer is one of the biggest energy-sucking appliances in your home, which is why choosing an energy-efficient model and using it with energy-saving consideration is so essential.
  • Does a vented dryer need to be vented outside?
    Yes. Failing to properly vent a vented dryer outside increases moisture in your home, and thus condensation and mould. In addition, this can create a fire hazard.
  • Which is better, a condenser dryer or a heat pump dryer?
    When it comes to choosing the right model for your family, it pays to consider how you’ll use it. Condenser dryers typically hold heavier loads and are thus better for larger families or regular users, while heat pump dryers use lower heat and can be fitted anywhere, making them a popular choice for apartment-dwellers.
  • Can you install a dryer upside down?
    Yes. Some consumers choose to wall-mount their dryers above their washing machines at a significant height above the ground. For ease of accessibility when using the controls, it is possible to install it upside-down.

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