In our new house, they put a dryer vent in the floor but it goes down
into the crawl space, which we're told is not a good thing.
We're also told that we have to get someone (who?) to cut a hole in the
wall (it's an outside wall) to vent the dryer outside. Geez.
We still have a ton of things to unpack and take care of. Since there's
an outside door right next to the dryer, can we, temporarily, put the
end of the vent thing out the door so we can do some laundry? Do we
really need to cut a hole in our house? Who would we call to have that
done and what might it cost?
It's always something, right?
of course you can vent it out the front door. Just hope the warm air
does not attract any animals. cutting hole in the side of house is not
a big deal, its just siding or something so long as its not brick...
venting under house is not good no. dont want to dump moisture down
there and warmth. but also fire hazard with the dust. i guess a
handyman can run the vent. it should be under $100. Im sure sears and
others that sell dryers have contacts.
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
In addition to that, add the danger of it being a gas dryer. If it is
working properly, it shouldn't exhaust much carbon monoxide (if any).
It would be a long-shot for the dryer to be operating badly enough to
put enough CO into the crawlspace that it builds up inside the house...
BUT it's not something to take chances with. I agree with the others
that you can use it temporarily for now (If you have a window nearby,
it might be better to vent out the window than a doorway (to keep out
the animals and the window opening can be smaller and possibly taped
off with a plastic sheet).
Cutting a hole in the wall and venting the dryer outside is completely
common and normal. Usually you put a little fixture on the outside
that has a flap that stays closed except when the dryer is running.
It's pretty much the only the way to vent a dryer, especially if its a
gas dryer. The safe, quality way to do it is to have smooth metal
ducting from the dryer all the way to the vent. (Not the cheapo plastic
or metal flexible stuff.)
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