With winter looming, you've probably been spending a fair amount of time thinking about how to cut the cost of your bills over the coming months, whether it's only heating certain rooms or reducing the number of times you use appliances that need a lot of energy. If you have a tumble dryer, for example, you've probably already tried to stop using it quite so much.
The problem is that, in the colder months, it's just not possible to dry your clothes effectively outside - and they take a lot longer to dry inside, sometimes leaving a slightly damp after-smell. An airing cupboard is a good solution, although lots of properties don't have one, and another is investing in a heated clothes airer. These look like normal airers except that the rails heat up so that your clothes will dry no matter the temperature.
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- Holds 15kg of laundry
- Costs 6p per hour to run
- Some reviewers say drying time is too long
Another fantastic option from Dry
- Fast and efficient drying method
- Auto shut-off timer
- Folds away
- Not the highest capacity
Another great option you can snap up from Amazon, this three-tier electric air dryer contains
- Highly energy-saving
- Not as effective on thick clothes
How does a heated clothes airer work?
A heated clothes airer, also known as a heated drying rack, operates by using electric heating elements to warm up the bars or racks where you hang your clothes. These heated bars provide a gentle and efficient source of warmth, helping to evaporate moisture from your clothing. As the air circulates around your garments, it speeds up the drying process - no more hanging clothes on your radiator. It's an energy-efficient alternative to traditional tumble dryers, and it's especially useful for drying delicate items that can't withstand the heat of a dryer.
Are heated clothes airers safe to use?
Yes, heated clothes airers are generally safe to use when used according to instructions. They are designed with safety features to prevent overheating, and many models have timers and automatic shut-off functions to ensure that they don't operate for extended periods unnecessarily. However, it's important to follow safety guidelines, such as not overloading the airer and ensuring proper ventilation in the room. Also, make sure to keep it away from water sources, and never cover the airer with clothing or any flammable materials during operation.
How much electricity do heated clothes airers consume?
The electricity consumption of heated clothes airers varies depending on the model and its wattage. On average, a typical heated clothes airer consumes between 100 and 300 watts per hour. To put this into perspective, running a 200-watt heated airer for 4 hours would use 800-watt-hours (or 0.8 kilowatt-hours) of electricity. Keep in mind that the energy efficiency may vary between models so it's a good idea to check the product specifications or consult the manufacturer to get a more precise estimate of energy consumption. Generally, they are considered more energy-efficient than tumble dryers.
Natalie Hammond is Grazia’s Senior Fashion News Editor. She loves winter, hates summer and can often be found writing about the weather (and what on earth to wear).