Appliance giant Whirlpool Corp. has unveiled a new clothes dryer that utilizes an innovative refrigeration system to dry and recycle the air that a typical dryer would vent.
By repurposing that air, the new dryer reduces energy consumption and eliminates the need for an outside vent, the company said.
“By working closely with our building industry partners, Whirlpool Corporation has consistently offered innovative solutions that ultimately help sell homes,” said Bob Bergeth, general manager of builder sales at Whirlpool. “The new HybridCare dryer reduces energy consumption, helping builders offer homebuyers additional savings on overall energy costs without sacrificing drying performance.”
The HybridCare clothes dryer with Hybrid Heat Pump technology gives builders and designers the freedom to place dryers virtually anywhere in the home. As the company explains it, a typical dryer uses large amounts of energy in the form of venting hot, moist air, but the HybridCare’s heat pump uses a refrigeration system to dry and recycle the same air.
The unit features three available modes that give home buyers flexibility: a Speed Mode for managing time; Eco Mode for optimizing energy; and Balanced Mode that blends the performance of Speed and Eco modes. The ventless technology will allow consumers in North America to reduce their carbon footprint and the estimated $4 billion in wasted energy attributed to dryers, the company said.
Whirlpool will begin shipping units to select U.S. markets in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will expand to other U.S. markets and Canada in early 2015.