There is no comparison to front-loading, high-efficiency (HE) washers and dryers for commercial laundry spaces. This choice is easy.
While the initial investment may be slightly higher than traditional machines, the savings on your monthly water and utility bills will eventually pay off the difference over time.
The benefits are three-fold: High-efficiency systems use less water, demand less energy, and they are gentler on garments customers entrusted with your care.
High-efficiency washers do not have an agitator in the center like traditional top-loading designs, and therefore high-efficiency washers cause less wear and tear on clothing.
High-efficiency washers use up to 66 percent less water, according to the American Cleaning Institute. They also operate with a higher in-wash spin speed, so clothes retain less water. Since the clothes are not sopping wet after a wash, they take less time to dry. The shorter drying times save utility costs.
So how do you spot energy-efficient washers and dryers?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Energy Starprogram in 1997. The Energy Star sticker informs consumers when washers are at least 25 percent more efficient and use about 45 percent less water than standard models. Energy Star regularly updates its list of Energy Star certified commercial clothes washers and energy efficient clothes dryers. Take time to compare options, as some Energy Star equipment is still more efficient than others.
Make sure to pair your high-efficiency washers with high-efficiency laundry detergent, which is uniquely formulated to activate and wash clothes in cold water. Cold water uses 90 percent less energy than hot water, according to the American Cleaning Institute.
Finally, purchase dryers with a load capacity about twice that of your washer for faster drying.