I recently had to replace my dryer vent hose and when at Home Depot saw that
they sell attachments that you can use to vent the dryer indoors, providing
heat for the room. Seems like a cool idea especially since our washer/dryer
are in a room that is very difficult to heat, except I wonder about the
humidity that also comes out with the air. Do these things steam up the
room while heating it?
I had one in my previous home, which had an electric dryer. You can put a
women's nylon stocking over the outlet and catch the lint. It worked pretty
well. If you don't have a humidifier, the extra humidity is welcome, too.
Just make sure there is ventilation in the laundry room, and it doesn't get
I now have a gas dryer, which, of course, you don't want to vent inside.
Yea, they catch some of it. Don't bother.
BTW most of the "dryer vent" stuff they sell at all the Big Box stores
is real junk and is borderline unsafe.
The best thing you can use is solid metal, not corrugated and certainly
I actually tied some cheese cloth onto the back of the dryer before
re-attaching the new tube and there was literally water dripping from the
walls after a cycle. I was afraid to rot the room from the inside out so I
went with the outdoor vent for now. I'm just wondering if any of these
vents specifically made for the indoors have a humidity trap as well as a
The Ryobi vacuum bag for the BT3000 tablesaw works great for the dryer
exhaust but ironically not for the tablesaw itself. Dry the load in half the
time and put out a lot of steam!!! And no my vent is not clogged. About
three years now and no fire or anything dangerous as other people predicated
except for the steam that fogs up the walls and mirrors - great during
winters. The only time I think that it could catch on fire is that there is
no load in the dryer and is on full blast. Do clean the bag once in a while.
Not that I know of. You might condense 12 pounds of water with 12K Btu of
coolth, which would raise the temp of 500 pounds of water 24 F. You might
put 114 2-liter soda bottles in 3 vertical stacks of 38 in a plastic 55
gallon drum and run the dryer vent into a hole near the bottom, with a
smaller and lower hole to let the water drain out.
Or hang up the clothes to dry, for a slower release of moisture
that natural air leaks can handle with no condensation indoors.
The humidity trap is your house. The concept is good, but the execution is
poor. Too much moisture in some areas, damp clothes smell, and lint, even
with the best of filters. Lint can also end up in the heater blower if it
is in the same room as the vent.
Thats right Nick another irrelevant post on what to do with all those
old soda bottles, turn your basement into a junk yard. Do you even live
in a real house. Does OP have a humidity issue? Why not tell him to
flood the basement as you have previously recommended. Or are soda
bottles your new choise of debris.
Nice decorating tip. Luckily, Martha's out of the slammer and can take
over from you now.
You live in an odd world. The guy is posing a question about possibly
getting an ancillary benefit from the lost heat, and you want to take
over his basement (hanging clothes up to dry takes up a lot of room)
and suck major time out of someone's life. Then again, since you have
so much time on your hands, that probably never occurred to you.
I am really glad that you weren't the guy with the calculator when the
call came in "Houston, we have a problem." I could just imagine your
response..."Okay, now if all three of you stick your asses out the
window and fart in unison at a rate of 32.4 farts per minute you should
be able to decrease your angular rotation enough for safe rentry."
An odd world you live in. You're the number king, right? Master of
physics? So please explain how you managed to fit over 60 gallons in a
55 gallon drum. And while you're at it, please show how you managed to
achieve perfect tiling of cylindrical objects. Is that void space
somehow shifted into the dimension you inhabit? It's an
earth-shattering breakthrough! I smell a Nobel Prize!
If a high school student made such stupid assumptions and used
"calculations" to back them up, and screwed up the calculations, then
bragged about their tight grasp of physics....well, they're just a kid
with a lot of learning to do. What's your excuse?
I disagree. You have my numbers. Where are your numbers?
What's your estimate of the laminar film condensation heat transfer rate
of 4" diameter x 12" tall bottles, large compared to the film thickness?
I'm afraid you know little about physics, so you have no numbers,
just a disagreeable attitude. Can you lose it and learn more?
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