Is It Safe To Leave A Heated Airer On Overnight?

Heated airer’s can be super useful for drying clothes when you don’t have readily available outside space. For me it was because I lived in an apartment with no dryer service.

So that got me thinking… Is it safe to leave a heated airer on overnight?

Yes, absolutely. You can leave a heated airer on overnight with all your clothes in it because the temperature is controlled by the thermostat, or using the timer installed on some models. The heated airer will automatically shut down once the time is up.

In this article, I’ll share my experience using a heated airer overnight.

We’ll also address the question of its safety and I’ll share some tips and tricks on how to get the most of our this piece of clothing tech…

Getting to Know More About Heated Airers

Can Make Your Drying Woes Disappear

One of the great things about heated airers is that it can be operated indoors. This is perfect if the sunlight is not shining so bright, or during the colder climates, when the sun does not shine as bright as the warmer months. 

All you need to do is you just put the clothes on the airer, turn the plug on, then leave for the day. When you go back, clothes are already dry and ready to be folded. This saves you time waiting for the clothes to dry on their own.

Perks and Benefits of Using Heated Airers

Heated airers are foldable. They can be folded when not in use, or they can be slipped on the space between your washing machine and the wall with ease.

This is perfect for those living in apartments and other small spaces with little or no space for drying clothes outside.

This is also an inexpensive alternative to automatic tumble dryers, which requires a lot of space in your houses. 

Heated airers take around four to five hours to dry clothes made from lighter materials, such as cotton or silk.

It takes ten to twelve hours for heavier clothes like jumpers, coats, and jackets, or clothes made of wool or heavier fabrics. A running heated airer uses only 230W a year, which can prove quite helpful in saving utility bills. 

Also, heated airers can solve the problem of musty smells in your clothes when they are not properly dried. Musty smells happen when the clothes are not dried properly, like when you dry them inside the house, where there is no adequate source of sunlight.

Using heated airers will get rid of the musty smells and they will smell clean, as what clothes should smell like.

Perfectly Safe to Leave it On Overnight

If you are worried about leaving your heated airer on while you sleep, there is no need to fret. You can leave the heated airer on overnight and wake up with clothes dry and safe.

Some models can be controlled by a thermostat attached to the unit. It turns off or adjusts its temperature overnight, making it safer to use without supervision. 

Some models even have timer options. Just set the timer and go on with your day. It will automatically turn off, saving you electricity and risks of potentially burning your clothes or your house.

A lot of people have been doing this: they put their damp clothes in the heated airer, turn the unit on, then go to work. 

The moment they go back home, their clothes are now dry, and they are just waiting to be hung or folded. Some of them even bought the heated airers for this sole purpose — leaving them on overnight.

Safety Hazards and Issues While Using Heated Airers

Never Leave Them On in a Succession of Days

Leaving an airer on overnight is okay, but leaving it on for two to three days or more without turning it off is dangerous.

It might overheat from overwork. It can also consume more electricity than what is intended. It is best to turn it off or unplug when not in use. 

It is very important to not overwork your appliances for it to last even longer. This will save you money from replacing them once they get broken.

Clothes Might Get Crispy Like Potato Chips

Clothes might get a “crispy” feel on it, due to lack of moisture from the clothes. This can happen especially to those made with lighter fabrics such as cotton.

Make sure thin clothes stay on the heated airer shorter or it might affect fabric quality when left for longer. Thick clothes can stay for longer because they require more time to be exposed to heat.

Remove them from the heated airer once they are completely dry.

Never Overwork Your Heated Airer and Put Soaking Wet Clothes On

Make sure clothes are not soaking wet, as in straight from the washing machine, when using a heated airer. It is not a tumble dryer. Even though it won’t electrocute you, it is much better to be safe than sorry. 

Also, its fuses might get blown if it is working for too long. The recommended maximum working time for a regular heated airer is for 12 hours, then you must turn it off after use.

It might shorten its life expectancy when used the wrong way.

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Keep Children Out of the Reach

Some models can be used by children aged eight years and above and persons with limited capabilities when supervised. That being said, never let children play with the appliance, especially when it is on.

Children might find it fun to hang around the heated airers like monkey bars in the playground. 

They might get burns or get electrocuted. Also, never let children clean the heated airer without parental or adult supervision. As much as possible, do the cleaning and maintenance yourself.

Match Your Voltage with Your Supply

If your power supply and the voltage of your heated airer are not matched, you can buy a converter in any hardware. You can buy them for as low as $35 on Amazon.

This will convert your electricity supply to match your appliances. Appliances won’t work properly when they are not matched with the recommended voltage for them. 

It might cause explosions or fire hazards at the worst. Do not plug directly if voltage does not match the electricity supply at home. Do not risk plugging it if you are not sure, and ask an electrician for help.

Before buying, ask the local appliance store for the models that match your electricity supply so that they can recommend you models that you can just plug into your source without any issues.

Use it Only as Intended– and Nothing Else

Use your heated airers for its intended purposes, no more, no less. Do not use the heated airer outside, even if you have long extension cords. It is only meant to be used indoors.

It is also not meant for industrial uses. Therefore, this is not meant to be used in laundromats as alternatives to tumble dryers. They might get overworked and fuses might blow up. It can cause fire hazards if not used properly.

It is important that you follow the manual in using the heated airer. The heated airers are meant ONLY for clothes. Do not dry stuff like wet books or plastics or any flammable materials on it.

Paper is definitely thinner than fabric and it can catch fire easily. Do not use it when your hands are wet to avoid electrocution, and lastly, do not stack soaking wet clothes on it. Make sure to put the clothes while they are damp to achieve your desired results.


Heated airers are very helpful in drying clothes, especially if you live in small spaces where a drying space is considered a luxury in its right.

They provide a lot of perks and benefits that can appeal to a lot of people, especially those who do not have the space and budget for expensive and bulky tumble dryers.

It can do some of the same things tumble dryers offer, for a fraction of the cost. It is perfectly okay to leave them on overnight, because they are designed to turn off when the clothes are already dry or when it has already achieved its end result.

Remember to use them for their intended uses and you will be assured that your heated airer will last for a long time.

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Steve Foster

Suburbanite, tech geek, handy man, automation enthusiast who started blogging about the stuff I do around my home and found he had a knack for it.

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