"Like dried in the fresh air"
Washing and drying laundry in the family home or in an apartment building uses up a significant amount of energy and can make up as much as 20% of overall household power consumption. In fact, drying your laundry with a tumble dryer or an indoor air-tumble drier consumes even more energy than the washing part actually does. But the laundry room is more than just a technical facility. It’s all about the interaction between operational, ecological, economic, social and last but not least creative factors.
From an ecological point of view, a communal laundry room is ideal for providing a means of organising washing and drying in apartment buildings. The ideal communal laundry room can help users to save a lot of energy and bring down running costs, providing energy-efficient appliances are used. As flexible operations as possible and spatial infrastructure designed to meet the users’ demands also ensure more indoor environmental quality. Washing towers in individual flats present the exact opposite: they are both ecologically speaking and from a communal point of view far from beneficial. Unless, of course, you consider that there will be far fewer conflicts in the communal laundry room.
Comparison tumble dryer - indoor air-laundry dryer
Conventional laundry drying
- The laundry does not need to be hung up.
- High energy consumption; there are, however, also energy-saving models on the market or heat pump tumblers with A+++ ratings.
- Apartment buildings normally have more than just one washing machine or dryer.
- The residual moisture dissipates into the surrounding air.
Room air-laundry drying
- The laundry needs to be hung up.
- Energy-saving condensation drying, classified as A1*.
- Only one unit needed for all tenants in an apartment building (provided everything is coordinated appropriately).
- No residual moisture.
* Indoor air-laundry dryers are currently only classified separately in Switzerland.
Benefits of indoor air-laundry dryers
- The laundry feels as if it has been dried in the fresh air. There are almost no creases or wrinkles, meaning much less ironing.
- Your clothes are not subjected to rubbing the way they are when they are tumble dried. This is more gentle to your laundry and preserves the items’ value.
- Items of clothing which are not suitable for tumble drying can de dried using this method.
- Another very useful, positive side-effect of the laundry dryer: rooms remain dry; moisture is extracted from the walls or brickwork. This prevents mould from growing and also goes far to preventing damage to your health, your property and your possessions while ensuring a pleasant and healthy indoor environment.