Retrofit In-Unit Laundry into Existing Buildings.
Retrofitting in-unit laundry into older laundry-room buildings poses great challenges but even greater rewards.
The reward is that today’s tenants want in-unit laundry, shop actively for that amenity and are willing to pay extra for it. Sixty percent of all prospective tenants search exclusively online and “in-unit laundry” is the number one feature they’re searching for. If you can advertise at least “washer/dryer in select apartments” you’ll increases your prospect by 60% and their quality even more.
The ability to offer in-unit laundry is a tremendous value. Our high efficiency (HE) washers and ventless dryers make it feasible. In case your local code officials have not seen these innovative machines before, CLS will work with you to help them understand that our washers and dryers are fully compliant with prevailing codes and regulations.
How Our Solution Simplifies Converting to In-Unit Laundry
- Works with existing plumbing
Conventional top-load washers dump 13 gallons of sudsy water at a rate of 15 gallons per minute. This can overwhelm older plumbing systems. Our high-efficiency front-load washers use low sudsing detergent and expel only three gallons of water at 7.5 gallons per minute — about the same rate as a dishwasher.
- Works with existing electrical service
Our combination washer/dryers operate on 120 volts with a 12-amp peak draw. They can be legally installed in the most “amperage challenged” buildings. Our stackable washers and dryers require a 220-volt/15-amp service, which is half the requirement of conventional dryers. Using A/B switching, both can share a single breaker.
- Requires No Venting
Cost and code are the twin issues in installing vented dryers. Code limits the length of vent runs and generally requires costly fire-rated chases. It also requires positive pressure in halls and shafts. But a vented dryer can draw and exhaust 10,000 cubic feet of air with every load dried. Older buildings simply do not have the capacity to provide that much make-up air. This is a “sneaker” issue for garden apartments where the entrances have been enclosed to save energy. Ventless laundry eliminates the issue and generally saves more than the machines cost.
- Requires less space
All of our ventless solutions save space. The compact combination washer-dryer can fit in the space of a dishwasher. Stackable washer-dryer pairs require 9 inches less depth than vented units. The optional PanStand floatation base allows appliances to be easily installed and removed for service without tipping, which means shelves and cabinets can be installed as low as 1 inch above the top of the machine.At 25-inches x 25-inches, PanStand conforms to the size of the washer. Its optional condensate pump can eliminate the need for a costly condensate drain. This eliminates more wasted space and greatly increases useable space, particularly in side-by-side installations.
- Allows installation at re-occupancy
Installation of our ventless laundry equipment requires no construction activity in adjacent units. This means the pace of installation can follow market demand with machines installed as each new lease is signed.
- Integrated solutions with shared facilities
During your transition to in-unit laundry, there will be a need to maintain the shared laundry room. With 30 years of experience an innovative coin laundry route operator, CLS can advise you on renegotiating your existing contracts, or show you how to make the shared facilities a better and more profitable operation. We provide service in the Washington, D.C., area and consulting elsewhere.