Clothes drying from room air conditioning waste heat: Thermodynamics investigation

T. M.I. Mahlia, C. G. Hor, H. H. Masjuki, M. Husnawan, M. Varman, S. Mekhilef

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Abstract

This paper discusses an experimental study for using heat wasted from a split-type room air conditioner for clothes drying. The study compares the effectiveness of this drying system to a conventional one in terms of duration required to dry the clothes and energy consumption. The objectives of the study are to analyze performance of a room air-conditioner as clothes dryer and to evaluate the effectiveness of its heat waste for a drying system. The experiment is conducted for three drying conditions, namely, outdoor natural drying at midday, indoor natural drying, and drying using air-conditioner waste heat. The study found that using room air-conditioner waste heat for clothes drying is very reliable, especially in congested high-rise residential areas, without additional electricity cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-351
Number of pages13
JournalArabian Journal for Science and Engineering
Volume35
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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Mahlia, T. M. I., Hor, C. G., Masjuki, H. H., Husnawan, M., Varman, M., & Mekhilef, S. (2010). Clothes drying from room air conditioning waste heat: Thermodynamics investigation. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 35(1), 339-351.