When purchasing a home here in central Oklahoma, one thing to look at is the dryer venting. Your home inspector will check this important item but here are a few tips you can watch out for:
Ensure dryer vented outside
Never ever allow your dryer to vent inside your home. The moisture from your clothes will go into your home, even your garage, and cause mold and mildew problems as well as possible structural damage. If vented indoors, your air conditioner has to work that much harder to cool your home. In addition, the moisture carries lint from the clothes, and as this lint builds up it becomes highly flammable. Always make sure your dryer is vented outside in a clear area.
If your dryer vent must run a long way to an exterior wall, install a booster fan
A booster fan can help keep the speed up on your dryer air, which reduces that chances of lint buildup inside the dryer vent. However, don’t use just any fan – you need a vent fan built specifically for dryers. These are designed so the lint doesn’t built up on the fan blades or vent motor, which could cause a fire hazard.
Do not use white corrugated plastic to vent dryer
Everyone knows about the white corrugated plastic that is often used to connect dryers to the wall. This may be OK for very short runs, but never use it for a long run over 12 inches. The uneven walls can build up lint and block air exiting your dryer. This can cause your dryer to overheat or worst case, start a fire.
Clean your dryer vent once per year
It is a good idea to disconnect your dryer hose and clean the vent once per year, especially if your dryer has a long run to an outside wall or roof. The dryer can only push the moist, hot air so far and eventually lint will build up inside the dryer vent on longer runs, which can burn out your dryer, take longer to dry your clothes while using more electricity, and worst case, cause a house fire.