Updated: September 9, 2020
Which type of dryer should you choose – gas or electric? Explore the differences between gas and electric dryers and see how they stack up in terms of cost and energy efficiency.
One of the first considerations when you’re shopping for a new dryer is whether you want a gas or electric model. First, determine if your laundry room can accommodate a gas or electric dryer by checking your hookups. Most laundry rooms come equipped with a 240-volt outlet for an electric dryer. If you have a gas hookup, you likely have the option to install either a gas or electric dryer, depending on your preference.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAS AND ELECTRIC DRYERS?
Although both electric and gas dryers use electricity to operate, electric dryers are powered entirely by electricity. The main difference between the two has to do with how they heat air to dry your laundry. Gas dryers use natural gas or propane to generate heat while electric dryers use metal heating coils powered by electricity.
Learn more about the differences between gas dryers vs. electric dryers.
Require a gas hookup.
Use a standard 110/115-volt outlet to power the drum, fan, lights and controls, but employ natural gas or propane to generate heat.
Total operating costs are lower due to less electricity consumption and generally lower costs for gas compared to electricity.
Require a larger four-pronged, 240-volt electrical outlet.
Quick installation (no dedicated gas line required).
Generally cost less to purchase than comparable gas models.
IS IT WORTH IT TO CONVERT TO GAS?
While the initial cost of an electric dryer is typically cheaper than a gas dryer, the lower general operating costs of gas dryers can lead to more savings over time.
If you don’t have an existing natural gas source, it might be better to go with an electric dryer. The initial cost of having a dedicated gas line professionally installed might outweigh the benefits of a gas dryer for you, especially if you’re not planning to stay in your home for more than five years.
However, if you do have a gas line (or are installing one) and plan on staying in your home for more than five years, a gas dryer might be the right choice due to its lower overall operating costs.
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