- Clothes Airers Guide
Ceiling mounted Clothes Airers – The easiest step to a greener home
The good old-fashioned methods of doing household chores are making a comeback in today’s carbon-conscious world. Clothes airers (also known as ceiling airers and pulley airers) make use of the warm air that naturally rises and is trapped at ceiling level. They offer an alternative solution to the tumble drier which is the most power-hungry household appliance. Replacing your tumble drier with this attractive, nostalgic and space-saving option is a simple step to helping the environment and reducing your bills. In fact, the EU lists drying clothes naturally as a key way to lower your carbon footprint here.
What are the advantages of a Pulley Airer?
Whether you’re considering a pulley airer as an alternative to an outdoor washing line, a conventional clothes horse or a tumble drier, this method of clothes drying offers many advantages:
There are numerous advantages to these ceiling airers. However, when comparing with tumble driers, there are two crucial advantages that will help you on your way to a more eco-friendly home:
A simple science
Have you ever noticed your papers fluttering around when the radiator is on? Hot air rises and ceiling clothes airers make use of this natural process. The higher you mount your airer, the faster your clothes will dry. Placing clothes above a radiator or other heat source will maximise the use of this heat energy. This reliable method guarantees dry washing within 4 hours, rain or shine.
A traditional method
Ceiling airers are pulley operated and date back over 200 years. They
are also known as kitchen
maids and creels. They were popularized by
the Victorians and went gradually out of fashion with mechanical
methods of clothes drying. French inventor Pochon introduced a
hand-cranked drier in 1799. George T. Sampson then followed with his
invention of the first automatic dryer in 1892. Modern electrical
versions appeared around 1915 and proceeded to become household
Choosing your Clothes Airer
Not only do clothes airers offer numerous benefits, they also look
great, combining an elegant
design with a simple construction. My Greener Home stocks
varieties with different combinations of pine, cast iron, stainless
steel and plastic
parts to fit into both modern and traditional interiors. Unlike many
mass-manufactured modern products, these durable airers are built to
last so yours will continue this tradition for generations to
come. All the ceiling airers in our range can hold 30-45kg of wet
vary in size – so you can choose the size that will fit your home.
Airers will also suit sloping ceilings - they simply need levelling
out using the ceiling pulleys.