A dryer condenser vent for indoor venting will prevent mildew and mold growth by removing moisture from the dryer vent. Mold is a health hazard and will cause eye irritation, respiratory problems and coughing. Mold will also attack the structural integrity of the house and may damage stored property. Read more about preventing mildew and mold growth in the house by eliminating other sources of moisture.
HOW DOES A CONDENSING VENT WORK?
The condensing vent does not have any moving parts. There is nothing that will wear out or get stuck. The concept is pure science with a practical application. Simply fill a container with ice cold water (the colder the better) and connect it to the dryer's exhaust. The warm air will condense over the cold water much like warm air is condensing into water beads on a cold drinking glass. Lint will be trapped by the unit's filters.
REASONS FOR INSTALLING A CONDENSER VENT
- Dryer is located too far away from an outside wall.
- Cutting a hole in the exterior wall may be impossible or too expensive.
- Venting through a window is not an option
THINGS TO LOOK FOR BEFORE PURCHASE
- Not all condenser vents are the same. Check if the vent is compatible with your dryer model.
- Large capacity dryers may need a larger container.
- Decide if you want a drain hose. Instead of dumping the water out manually, you can use a drain hose to drain the water to the floor drain. It is nice to have this option if you do a lot of laundry. Some kits come with a drain hose; others do not.
DISADVANTAGES OF VENTING INDOORS WITH A NON-CONDENSING VENT
- Warm moist air dispelled into the basement by the clothes dryer will lead to mildew and mold growth which can lead to structural damage. Mold is a health hazard and will cause eye irritation, respiratory problems and coughing.
- It makes the house smell like laundry detergent.
- Savings on the cost of heating the house will be wiped out by the costs of removing mold which could be $5,000.00 and up for an average sized basement room.
Never leave your dryer or any other appliance running when leaving your home or while sleeping.