Tips for choosing a washing machine
If you went to a university school away from your home town, surely the first thing you think about is the taste of independence that you will experience from this year and the new exciting “page” of experiences and acquaintances that opens in front of you. Keep in mind 24gr.gr – SERVICE ΕΠΙΣΚΕΥΕΣ ΠΛΥΝΤΗΡΙΑ ΑΘΗΝΑ – in case your washing machine breaks down.
But saying goodbye to the house you grew up in, you also say goodbye to the daily care you enjoyed all the previous years from your parents, such as cleaning your clothes so that from the laundry basket they can be found again in the closets, fragrant and freshly washed.
Even if in your student years washing clothes was not completely for you… an unknown word, it is rather certain that for the first time the stacks with the laundry will become your sole responsibility. However, sooner or later you will find in practice that it is not so difficult to organize the care of your wardrobe – even to ensure that your favourite clothes will be “waiting” for you clean the moment you want to wear it, as was the case in your paternal home.
Of course, the more suitable the “ally” you will have, that is, the better the washing machine meets your needs, the easier your daily life will become. So, below you will find what technical features you should consider choosing the ideal model.
Although you can always leave the choice solely to your parents, market research will help you “get to know” the functions and capabilities of modern washing machines, so that you can get acquainted with your device before you even buy it. This way, by following some simple tips for its use, which you will also find in this article, you will clean your clothes without wasting water and electricity and therefore “inflate” your bills for no reason.
How to choose the best washing machine?
The basic parameters for choosing the ideal model for the student house:
The capacity refers to the maximum weight (i.e. quantity) of clothes you can wash every time you use the washing machine. Naturally, it is measured in kilos (kg) and refers to how much the clothes weigh when they are dry.
As a rule, even a 5 kg device is ideal for a person’s wardrobe – think that about 1 kg weigh 5 T-shirts, or 1 pair of jeans and 1 T-shirt, or 2 bath towels. However, if you have a large wardrobe and you want to put a relatively sparse washing machine, or if you want to wash your quilt while saving on laundry costs, you should choose a model of at least 7 kilos.
You will need an even larger capacity model (8 or even 9 kg), in case you have a double or king-size bed and therefore your duvets and blankets have the appropriate size. Although choosing such a model means that there will be times when the clothes you want to wash do not fill the tub, this does not necessarily mean that you will waste water and electricity unnecessarily.
That is why it is enough to choose a device with a “half load” function, which in such a case will reduce by half the amount of water it uses, but also the current that will “burn”. Even better, almost all washing machines “come” with an automatic weighing of clothes, which means that they adjust their consumption to the clothes you put in the bucket every time, for greater savings in your bills.
2. Energy class
Not all models have the same energy behaviour, ie they do not “burn” the same amount of electricity for the same washing program and therefore do not burden the electricity bills to the same degree. This is why washing machines (like many electrical appliances) are classified into energy classes.
The energy class of each appliance is listed on the energy “label” (energy label) that accompanies it, where you will see that it starts at D (for the most “waste” washing machines ) and reaches A +++. In practice, there are products that have an even better energy “profile” than A +++. So, if you see a model labeled “A +++ – 10%”, or even “A +++ – 50%”, it means that it is 10% more efficient (or 50% respectively) than the higher energy types class.
3. Spin performance
If you want your freshly washed clothes not to … dawn on the clothesline, but to dry an hour earlier, then you should choose a washing machine with high spin efficiency. The yield starts from category G and reaches up to A , while the higher it is, the better your laundry will be, and the faster it will dry. You will also find this information in the energy “label”.
4. Variety of programs – Handling
It is unlikely that you will find a washing machine on the market with less than 11 programs, which means that whatever appliance you choose, it will cover all types of fabrics and the temperatures you will need. However, it would be good to choose a model that has a quick program, so that you can wash in the “turn-off” some clothes that you will need immediately. Also, if it has an ecological program, whenever you choose it, it will wash with even less electricity and water.
Regarding the handling of the device, the existence of an electronic panel is useful, where the time remaining for the completion of the washing is indicated. This way, you will be able to plan more easily when you will use it, so that your clothes do not run out in the bucket.
5. “Half load” function
Although one of the basic rules of economical use of the washing machine is to use it with the bucket full, many times you will not be able to wait until your laundry reaches the capacity of the washing machine. That is why it is important that your device has a “half load” function so that when you turn it on it reduces the use of water and electricity respectively.
Efficient use of the washing machine
Tips for cleaning your clothes, keeping your water and electricity costs “down”.
Say “yes” at low temperatures
By using low-temperature programs as often as possible , you will significantly reduce the power consumption of your washing machine – think that a program at 40 degrees Celsius, instead of 60, “burns” up to half the electricity.
If any of your clothes have “persistent” stains, apply a small amount of detergent locally and rub it gently, before putting it in the bucket. Then you will be sure that it will clean perfectly.
Use the cold program for slightly soiled clothes
As you will see by looking at the shelves of the supermarket with detergents for washing machines, many products (if not most) state that they offer “deep” cleaning even by washing in cold water. If you take advantage of it, and use the cold program when washing clothes without greasy stains, then you will significantly reduce the impact that washing has on your electricity bills.
The cold program also has the advantage that it enhances the “longevity” of your wardrobe. This is because it helps the clothes to keep their colours “alive” for a longer time, while it wears them less.
Wash as often as possible with the bucket full
If your device does not have a “half load” function, or you do not use it, then it will use the same power whether it is full or not. To understand how wasteful this is, it is enough to think that washing with a full bucket means that the washing machine “burns” about half the current, compared to using it twice with a half-full bucket. Naturally, its waste in the water is similar.
Prefer the ecological program
In addition to the environment, the ecological program is “friendly” for your home bills, as it consumes less electricity and water. The only downside is that most washing machines last longer than “normal” programs. Therefore, use it as often as possible, in cases where you do not have any reason to want the washing to end quickly.
The pre-wash increases the consumption of water and power. Therefore, it is advisable to use it only when necessary.
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