I have to hook up my new dryer. The way the old one was hooked up, the
vent goes into the floor, goes across a short distance to the outside.
I am planning on replacing the plastic vent hose with metal. However,
since this is a century home and the basement tends towards the cold
side during the winter....I was thinking...that maybe it would be a way
of heating the basement, just leave the hose open down there, rather
than connecting it to the outside. Is this a stupid idea? If so...why?
Gas MUST be vented outside, it forms a "chimney" for the gas burner in the
All that moisture and lint will not be good for the basement. If you have
winter and the basement is cold it will condense all over the place. This
could cause mould and decay in the wood framing. Don't do it.
This topic / issue has been discussed many times in the group. I
suggest you search the group archive for a complete answer.
when you say vent I assume you mean the moist heated air from the close
drying not the combustion vent from a gas dryer.
Combustion vent must got outside, dryer air SHOULD be vent outside but
My mom's house has the electric dryer in the garage & vents into the
garage (since 1959). We control lint with a stocking over the end of
the vent goose neck (visible so we can easily assess condition &
repalce). Since the house is in OC, CA moisture has never been an
issue.....in 45 years I have never seen any condensation due to this
Depending on locale YMMV
Converting plastic vent to metal, very smart idea.
As to venting directly into the basement, some concerns come to mind.
1. Are you creating a Carbon Monoxide danger?
2. Are you creating a humidity problem?
3. Is this a bandaid on the real problem, you need to upgrade your
homes insulation, and envelope.
tom @ www.FreeCreditReportAdvice.com
With a gas dryer, yes outside as others say.
With an electric it somewhat depends on where you live. Many exhaust
inside during the winter to raise the humidity in the house and take
advantage of the extra heat. If venting inside you need to filter out
Some use a nylon stocking for a filter.
They even sell Tee's so you can switch from inside to outside. Many of
the filters you see in hardware stores don't do a very efficient job of
I vent my ELECTRIC dryer into the house all winter. I put a nylon
stocking on the end to catch lint. My house needs moisture in winter
or my skin cracks, so this saves using a humidifier as much. In
summer I reconnect to the pipe going outdoors. (Yeah, I plug the
outside pipe in winter with a rag).
NEVER vent a GAS dryer indoors. Carbon monoxide and gas fumes are
My old house had the dryer in the basement, and a vent with a door so I
could vent outside or inside. I was told if I vented inside it would warm
the basement for "free". So I tried it. The basement had a drywall
ceiling, and moisture was accumulating very rapidly on the drywall. It just
seemed like a good recipe for growing bad mold, so I never used it like that
I think you'd be crazy to vent ANY dryer inside. Pick up a laundry basket
full of laundry fresh out of the washer. Now dry it. Put it back in the
basket and pick it up again. Way lighter, right? Well all that moisture is
what will end up in your basement/wherever else you'd be venting to.
Not THAT much water... I'm from MN where at times we heat the air 90
degrees higher than outside, causing incredibly dry conditions. But venting
a dryer inside would cause terrible condensation issues. There are right
and wrong ways to humidify a home...
I vented into my basement for a while. Ended up with a lint mess all over
the place, even with lint trap. I also had a house in Vegas for several
years with the drier venting into the garage. After a while I realized that
a lot of the metal items in the garage were rusting from the moisture. Since
then, I always vent outside. Between the lint and the moisture, venting
anywhere else is just not a good idea. YMMV.
OK well, that resolves that. I certainly do not want to cause mold or
rott in the basement. I am in canada, and it has already gotten very
cold and has snowed. Condensation would definitely be a problem. So
outside venting will be the thing.
thanks for the info.
so if you run a long metal vent, it can act as a heat exchanger and you
can have the best of bpoth worlds, the lint and moisture will go
outside but the heat can escape from the metal vent pipe and heat the
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