Dryer Vent Installation

Dryer vent installation guidelines have been updated over the years.  You might be surprised to learn that your dryer vent system no longer complies with current safety standards.  Do you know what type of ductwork is attached to your clothes dryer?   Be aware that what you don't know can hurt you.  Your dryer vent system could be a fire hazard.

The dryer ducts run from the back of the clothes dryer to the vent outside.  The dryer vent system is responsible for removing hot air, moisture and lint from your dryer.  Tumbling laundry dries as hot air is blown throughout the drum and then vented outside.

Proper Dryer Vent Installation to Send Heat and Moisture Outdoors

Can you imagine how hard your air conditioning would have to work to counter the effect of all the hot air from your dryer coming into your home? Even a massive home air conditioning unit likely couldn't compete with all that heat.  A properly installed dryer vent system will efficiently remove the heat from the dryer and send it outside.

Proper dryer vent installation ensures your dryer is venting safely and efficiently.  Keeping the lint screen clean is important, but know that it only traps about 60 percent of lint removed from laundry.  The rest of the lint sneaks into the back of the dryer and into the dryer exhaust ducts.  A properly installed dryer vent system, using the proper materials, will reduce the amount of lint that builds up.  Of course, all dryer vent systems, even the very best, must be maintained; dryer vent cleaning is recommended annually.

Dryer Vent Installation – Replace Vinyl or Flexible Foil Dryer Duct

Without a proper dryer vent system, the heat, moisture and lint would not be able to escape and your laundry would not dry.  You may have noticed that your dryer is taking longer to dry a load laundry than it used to.  This is the most common warning indicating blocked air-flow.  When dryer lint accumulates in the dryer exhaust ducts, air flow slows down. 

Lint is highly combustible; all it takes is a small spark from inside the dryer to ignite the lint and start a rapidly spreading fire.  If your dryer ducts are made of the old fashioned, vinyl or plastic, then they will only add to the fuel for a fire.  Aluminum dryer ducts have a better chance of containing the spark until it burns itself out, especially if they are kept clean.