We’re thinking about buying a Fisher & Paykel Dryer (to match our washing machine) and have been alerted to the new Heat Pump Condenser Dryers. We’re unable to go for a conventional vented dryer as it’ll be installed under a worktop next to the Washing Machine in the Garage, unfortunately ducting a vent to the outside is not an option.
I have a couple of questions regarding which F&P Dryer would suit our needs best:
Presumably the higher the star rating, the more energy efficient the dryer is?
- As I understand the technology, the heat Pump Condenser Dryer (HPCD), although more expensive initially, is more efficient than a Condenser Dryer (CD), but takes longer to dry - so is it really that much more efficient given the extra time its cycling?
- Does the fact that it’s being installed in a colder ambient environment affect the HPCD’s ability to perform (we have an older style Panasonic Heat Pump in the lounge, and it’s less effective at lower temperatures, and a “Tech” in the local store mentioned the HPCD may not be as efficient as it could otherwise be in a colder ambient environment)?
- Does a HPCD need to have moisture removed after cycling as does the CD (if so can this be attached to the normal drain system)?
- What do the energy star ratings really mean in real-world conditions?
- Are these a true indicator of electricity/water costs (we’re intending to use the dryer for 4-6 full loads in off-peak times during the week)?
Any other comments regarding which model to buy?
We’re looking at either:
DH8060C1 (which I can’t seem to find anywhere online)
Thanks for any help, advice or comments.