Simple Power Saver for Your Dryer: Wool Dryer Balls
Wool Dryer Balls
Simple Power Saver for Your Dryer: Wool Dryer Balls
Whether your clothes dryer is electric or gas, saving on the heating of the clothes has a positive impact on the environment, and can provide a savings. In fact, gas dryers actually use gas as a heat source and electricity to turn the tub, so a savings on both can certainly add up.
Electricity must be produced, and turning turbines can be achieved by burning fossil fuels which has a negative impact on the environment with respect to global warming. Burning gas by its very nature also has such a negative impact.
Current clothes dryers come with sensors that can end the cycle after the clothes are dry. Older models that were once used ran until the time required for a cycle ended, but today many dryers sense that the clothes are dry and bring the dryer to cool down, then stop, saving expending precious resources that were once wasted on dry clothes.
Wool Dryer Balls, Set of Six
This is a simple way to save energy, and help the environment.
Several types of dryer balls are reported to reduce the drying time, which means the dryer will stop sooner. While some are plastic, the ones I recommend are made of wool. Wool balls are not going to melt. Some reports indicate that some plastic balls can melt, which I can just imagine making a real mess with the dryer tub and ruining the clothes in the dryer. I believe some may have a high enough melting point to not be a problem, but I had no intention of guessing which ones were not going to cause a melting problem. The wool balls, from New Zealand wool, do not melt. They also are not noisy enough to be a problem, which is another problem some plastic balls have.
How They Are Sold
Dryer balls come in a six pack, although some smaller packs can be found. They have a diameter of about four inches. The reason they come in a six pack is you should use all six at a time. The large size makes it more likely the balls will ot find a place in the clothing to become trapped.
How Do They Work?
They are heated with the clothes. The energy heating air in the tub is too often vented out and away, but a heated wool ball keeps the heat in the dryer. As they heat the moisture in the clothes by contact, the moisture is evaporated more efficiently. The drying time is supposed to reduce significantly, which means less energy used, and less wear and tear on the clothes. I am hoping for at least a ten percent reduction in drying time. So, these simple balls can save energy while making the clothing last longer. This seems to be a great idea, and I have bought a set. So far the clothes seem to be drying better.
Why Use All Six Balls at Once?
The balls need to be free to move between the clothes. Six can cover more territory than three. But, some do get blocked out of action. I found one in a pocket, which effectively took it out of action. One went up a leg of a pair of pants. Still another went into a corner of a fitted mattress cover. Having one dryer ball out of action in a load is not a serious problem if there are five other balls, but if there were only one or two balls to begin with the effectiveness would be seriously impaired.
How Long Do They Last?
The ones I bought are supposed to last for one thousand washings, which is also stated as one year. Having read the comments left by others I am confident that they will last and perform as they are intended.
Another claim made, and I am confident is real, is they will reduce wrinkles. Since I am not prompt in getting to the clothes when the load finishes, I am going by what others have said, but I have noticed a reduction of wrinkles.
Static Electricity Reduction
Still another claim is the reduction of static electricity. Comments published claim a reduction but not an elimination, and range on the amount of reduction experienced. I did not consider this significant, since I live in a humid climate and static electricity is not a problem here.
The savings here is the elimination of a need for dryer sheets, which is a secondary savings. Yet, a savings is a savings.
The dryer balls are round, and will roll. A vibration can have them fall from a shelf. But, there is no reason to not keep them in the dryer. They will stay put, not tempt the dog, and be ready for use with the next load. They will also stay clean if kept enclosed in the dryer.
Other scents are available.
The balls are sold with a companion product that is not necessary, aromatic oils. My wife ordered orange scent, so a fresh, orange scent, not something you would really consider strong, makes the clothes a bit fresher. A few drops per ball is all you need for a treatment. And wool balls should have an advantage over the plastic ones if scented oils are used. And, if you order both the dryer balls and the scented oils together there is a saving on shipping.
Use of different aromas would be the only reason I would suggest multiple packs of six dryer balls. The combining of different aromas on the same balls could produce some undesirable results.
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