Drying clothes can be a challenge throughout the year, especially in cold and wet weather. While some have the luxury of using a dryer, many do not and need alternative methods to dry their clothes without worrying about moisture or mold.
This leaves two other methods for drying clothes: using a dehumidifier or a heated clothes rack. On the Hinch Army Cleaning Tips Facebook page, a woman asked which of these two appliances she should invest in.
This is reported by Pensionist.dk.
Majority favor the first option
The majority of the group supported the use of a dehumidifier. Many claimed that they hardly noticed its impact on their energy bill.
Ruth Jenkinson said,
"I got a dehumidifier after we had a leak and ran it constantly for a month, and was worried about the electricity bill, but it was about the same as previous months. It helps dry clothes, and our windows are not wet inside. It makes the house feel warmer, as things are not cold due to humidity."
Vikki Bruce added,
"Last winter we started using a dehumidifier. Clothes were dry within a few hours, less ironing, and our electricity bill dropped. They can be an expensive investment, but we definitely got our money's worth over a few months."
Daniel Attwater claimed,
"Highly recommend a dehumidifier! Didn't notice our energy bill increasing when we used it all the time."
Why it works
Clothes can take a long time to dry properly indoors, especially in a humid environment. However, if households decide to use a dehumidifier, the air around their wet clothes becomes less humid.
This allows the moisture in the clothes to evaporate faster, resulting in shorter drying times. A dehumidifier can also reduce odors.
Drying clothes indoors without proper ventilation can sometimes make the clothes smell musty. By reducing air humidity, households also reduce the risk of odor development on clothes that have been damp for too long.