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Three Tips for Venting a Clothes Dryer

All clothes dryers should vent directly outside
March 14, 2024

What is the proper way to vent a clothes dryer? To the outside. This video from the Building America Solutions Center is about venting a standard dryer, not a ventless condensate dryer. Ventless dryers have a condensate drain, which removes moisture from the house. Regular dryers have an exhaust hose, which removes moisture from the dryer.

3 Tips for venting a clothes drier:
  1. Do not use lint-removing devices that return moist air into the house. The point of ducting is to remove the moisture from a load of wet clothes. Lint removal is the job of the lint screen inside the dryer. Don't get talked into this. Ever.
  2. Keep the dryer vent at least 10 feet away from the AC condenser. Blowing hot air on the condenser will not help the condenser cool your customers' air efficiently or effectively. 
  3. Look to make sure the venting is actually working. Inspect the fins on the vent hood at the outside wall. Make sure there isn't a leak in the duct run between the dryer and outside.
  4. Bonus tip from the editor: Don't locate a new dryer vent above a bed of tulips. (Don't ask.)
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