My question is, is it a violation of any kind of code to put a dryer vent
that vents to the front of my house? I have a spot I can put it
inconspicuously and then a little paint would blend it right in. My house
has a dryer "stack" that runs through the roof and I suspect that it is
clogged and probably not the best way to vent in the first place. Any help
is appreciated. Thanks.
As for safety, it makes no difference whether the vent is on the front,
back, or side of the house. There may be some asthetic issues, however.
One thing to keep in mind -- the hot exhaust may not be good for
vegetation around the vent.
Shorter the run the better, whatever you do, but as the other poster said,
talk to the county/city building code people.. And I should guess that
horizontal runs vent better as there is less clumping, backpressure, and
fall-back vs a stack arrangement. I also avoid the plastic/fabric corrugated
ducts, as they catch all kinds of crap in them. On mine, since I was
remodelling the utility room anyway, I punched a hole directly thru the
wall that lines up with the dryer vent exit on the machine, then ran smoothe
galv duct straight out. Total run is only 3 inches, plus wall thickness.
Dryer runs efficiently, no backpressure, no clogging along the line.
I don't know your local codes, nor where you live, but here I see lots
of houses that vent their dryer to the front. It's not noticeable
until you see the steam.
On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 22:13:02 -0600, "Brian O"
AS long as you keep it away from windows and doors, and don't
stick it somewhere where the outflow is going to be trapped under
a deck, eave, or roof, you should be safe from the generic codes.
But I think you should get this guy
to build you a gargoyle with a 4" hole, and mount it someplace
ostentatious, with your dryer vent feeding through it.
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