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Should I use an interior dryer vent?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
April 26th, 2007

When we moved in to our house, we found that, while there is a set of taps and a dryer plug in the laundry room, there is no vent for the dryer. It is an interior room, without direct access to an outside wall. Do you think I am missing something? What are the pros and cons of getting some sort of interior vent system (as suggested by a guy at Home Depot), and otherwise, what do we have to think about in terms of building in a vent to the outside? Thanks for any thoughts you have, and don't ask me why I didn't notice this before I bought the house.

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I'm not a fan of venting the dryer to the interior. While there are systems to deal with the lint, a dryer will pump a lot of excess moisture into the home, which is not good for indoor air quality. The advantage of doing it this way is that it's easier and less expensive, of course. Some may say that the dryer can act as a humidifier in the winter, but it's not controllable, and most houses, especially newer ones, need less humidity, not more. As the dryer is in an interior room, the duct will likely need to be run through the ceiling joists to the exterior. Don't worry about not noticing it beforehand. Most people are focused on the items that will affect their decision to purchase.
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