8 ways to reduce the lifetime costs of your commercial appliances

The lifetime cost of commercial washing machines and tumble dryers isn’t just the purchase price. The running costs, including energy costs, water and detergent usage really need to be taken into consideration. Alongside, of course, reliability and life expectancy of the machine when considering the best products for your business. The superior build quality, latest technology and efficiencies designed into Miele and Electrolux commercial appliances can deliver significant savings over the life of the machines. This is as well as reducing the carbon footprint of your laundry. Here’s 8 ways top reduce lifetime costs.

1. Using a high spin washer will reduce your drying times and costs

The most expensive piece of equipment to operate in your laundry is the tumble dryer whether gas powered or electric. One of the best ways to reduce your drying times and costs is to ensure you have a washing machine with a high final spin speed. This maximises water extraction so that the laundry goes into the dryer with less moisture at the start.

The way this extraction is measured is through G-Factor. The higher the G-Factor (or G force) on the laundry during the spin cycle, the more moisture will be removed prior to the laundry going into your tumble dryer.

2. Warm Final Rinse Water

Using warm water on the final rinse means that the laundry goes into the tumble dryer already warmed up. This reduces the time and energy required for that moisture to evaporate from the laundry during the drying cycle.

3. Prevent overdrying

The Moisture Control functionality built in to the commercial tumble dryers prevents overdrying. This will help in three ways:

  1. Reduce the energy used during drying
  2. Enable you to choose how dry you would like the laundry to be. This is a great help with items that require ironing where more moisture is left in.
  3. Prevents excessive heat damage to the laundry which will maintain the quality and extend the life of your garments.

4. Reversing Drum

Many dryers only rotate in one direction. Both Miele and Electrolux tumble dryers are designed to turn the laundry one way and then the other. Doing this keeps your laundry from tangling or balling up in the middle of the drum and enables everything to dry faster. Faster drying means lower energy costs.

5. Large filter surface areas

Filters ensure that lint coming off your laundry is caught. So it doesn’t go into the appliance and cause a potential fire risk or out through the exhaust into the atmosphere. As the filter catches lint during each cycle, the machine becomes less efficient. A large filter area keeps efficiency levels high.

6. The right programme for your fabrics.

Different fabrics need different washing and drying programmes. Having these bespoke programmes both keep energy costs down and increase the life of your laundry products.

7. Reducing wear and tear

The holes in washing machine drums let water in and out of your laundry. However, they also allow the small fibres of your laundry in and out too, creating wear and tear. The bespoke honeycomb drum design on the Miele machines is proven to significantly reduce the effects of this, extending the life of your towels, bedding and other laundry at the same time.

8. Build quality

Allsop & Francis, as an independent supplier, is not tied to any one brand or product. This allows us to supply the right machine for your needs every time. Over the last 30 years it has been our experience that Miele and Electrolux have consistently delivered on reliability, performance and longevity. They may not be the cheapest at face value but their quality ensures they represent the best value for money over time for any business with high laundry demands.

The difference in running costs between a new Miele or Electrolux and an older or less efficient machine can easily get into the £1,000’s! So it’s well worth doing the due diligence to compare genuine running cost data. You can always put a water meter on an existing machine to find out how much a machine actually uses on a wash cycle. Some of the published data can be misleading and based on an eco cycle which you may never use. We are always happy to help with this of course.

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