Heat Pump Dryer Impact on Clothing Life Emerging Technologies Assessment

Category: 
Residential
Project Number: 
ET14PGE1751
Start Year: 
2014
End Year: 
2016
Markets Segments: 
Residential
Project Type: 
Electric Energy Savings
Gas Energy Savings
Type of Technology: 
Other-1
Organization: 
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
Project Status: 
Development
Savings Type: 
Home

The purpose of this project was to determine whether heat pump clothes dryers offer non-energy benefits—specifically, reduced clothing wear and tear—that could help consumer adoption. Although the project did not conclusively find that heat pump clothes dryers cause less wear than conventional dryers, the study was able to show that they do not cause more wear than conventional dryers, and some consumer evaluation results indicated a preference for clothes that were dried in heat pump dryers.

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