Is There a Higher Demand for Electric Dryers Rather Than Gas Dryers?


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There is a higher demand for electric dryers than for natural gas dryers, most likely due to the lower initial cost of electric dryers. In a 2009 survey conducted by the Energy Information Administration, electric dryers were in 71.8 million U.S. households, while natural gas dryers were in 17.5 million.

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The purchase price of most electric dryers is less than that of a comparable gas dryer, and they generally do not have any costs associated with the initial setup. The operation of a gas dryers requires a natural gas supply line as well as exterior venting for carbon monoxide and other by-products of combustion. However, gas dryers generally have a lower operating cost than electric dryers, depending on the cost of the associated commodity.

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