Heat Pump Clothes Dryer
Like heat pumps that warm your home and heat your water, heat pump clothes dryers are more efficient than traditional dryers, so they lower your energy bill. Installation is a breeze, because they don’t need a vent to expel warm, humid air outside your house. They are also gentler on clothes because they dry laundry at lower temperatures.
If you have a gas dryer or no dryer, there will be IRA HEEHRA rebates up to $840 available for low- and middle-income households to buy a heat pump clothes dryer. These rebates are not available if your current dryer is electric. There are no federal tax credits available.
Factors to consider
- Heat pump clothes dryers can be installed in any room with electricity and a water source or sink — making them a great choice for tiny homes and additions.
- With Smart features and moisture sensors you can maximize energy savings to prevent overdrying and control the dryer with a smartphone.
- Water extracted from the clothes is collected and must be configured to drain in a nearby sink, drain pipe, nearby clothes washer or emptied manually.
- Many compact models use a 120 volt connection. Some standard versions require 240 volts, and if you opt for a 240 volt model, this may require electric panel and/or wiring upgrade if you do not already have 240 volts where you want to place the dryer (e.g., garage). See Rewiring America’s calculator for more information about incentives for panel and wiring upgrades.
Resources and Guides
- For more information on heat pump dryers and federal rebates and costs visit Rewiring America.
- Rebates are available from the Central New Mexico Electric Coop and Socorro Electric Coop.
- ENERGY STAR Heat Pump Dryers
- When shopping, look for Electric “Ventless” dryers.