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NAHI Virtual Home Inspection Tour

Newsletter: May, 2017

Features Homeowners Want the Most
First in a 13 part series

By Richard Patrick of LazrWeb Services | May, 2017

(92%) of home buyers want an upgraded laundry room. We list some benefits and best place to put it:

On an Upper Floor

Pros: Closest to where unclean clothes are discarded, distance from hamper to machine. Can utilize existing plumbing if near bathroom or other plumbing.

Cons: Vibration and noise from machines might require more insulation if not a quiet unit. Water leaks can damage first-floor rooms. Closet installations require vented access and additional space to disperse dryer heat.

On the First Floor

Pros: Might be able to install in kitchen or powder-room as plumbing lines exist there.

Pros: Laundry generally piles up in kitchen or powder room. Need to transport hampers up and down stairs. Machines in closets require clearance space for proper ventilation and vented doors.

Low-Impact Layout

Use a stackable model or stacked unit that combines washer on bottom and dryer on top.

Pedestals for front-loader units - Great storage for small areas and elevate the washer and dryer.

Use a recessed washer box so hoses can't loosen or get damaged easily.

Gas or Electric?

If you have a gas hookup and a 240-volt outlet, and could choose either one, go for the gas unit. You will pay about $50 to $100 more for an electric dryer, however it is much cheaper to operate over time; 15 to 20 cents per load, compared with 30 to 40 cents per load for electric.

Energy Star Labels Decoded:

Most HE (high-efficiency) washers are also rated by WF and MEF. Here's what the new acronyms mean:

WF: Water Factor is based on the number of gallons of water consumed per cubic foot of capacity. The lower the WF, the more penny-pinching the washer.

MEF: Modified Energy Factor is a measure of the energy used to run the washer and heat the water. The higher the MEF, the more energy-efficient the washer.

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