Home Appliances: Upgrading Your Washer and Dryer

The average American family washes around 300 loads of laundry each year. That makes a washer and dryer pretty important parts of your house. If you are looking to upgrade, here are some things to consider before you do.

The first thing to think about is size matters. When you are looking into buying a new clothes washer, dryer or both, you are going to want to think about the space you have for those appliances. To go along with space, size matters as far as energy. A larger appliance will hold more clothes, but it will also use more energy. A smaller appliance may force you to do more loads. You will want to pick a model that fits with your home, but also fits just the right amount of clothing.

Another big consideration is energy efficiency. You will want to check the yellow EnergyGuide label to see how much energy it takes to use that specific model. You will also want to be on the lookout for ENERGY STAR appliances because these appliances put a special focus on energy efficiency. With this new focus on appliances using energy better, there have been advancements in technology for increased efficiency. Check out some features to keep in mind below!

Advanced Washer Technology

Most energy efficient washers work hard to use less water in order to use less energy to heat the water. Another thing to look out for, though, is washers with high spin speeds. These high spin speeds spin clothes faster which extracts more water and allows you to save time and energy drying your clothes.

Advanced Dryer Technology

Technology is getting better every day. There are now ENERGY STAR dryers that have moisture sensors that adjust heat based on how wet the clothes are. This dryer also automatically shuts off the machine when the clothes are dry; this feature not only saves you energy and money, it also is better for your clothing.

Many of the appliances in your home are things you use every day or almost every day. If you are looking to upgrade, you will want to find appliances that are functional but also efficient. Keep these ideas in mind when you are looking for a new washer and dryer. 

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