Whether you’re setting up a new dryer after recent installation, re-configuring a room your dryer is in or carrying out any kind of related job, one of the key components you’ll be thinking about here is the dryer vent. This is the vent that sends exhaust air out of the home and allows it to be expelled outdoors, and a key consideration for any dryer is precisely where its dryer vent will be placed.
At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re happy to assist with all your dryer vent needs in Salt Lake City, from basic dryer vent cleaning to assistance with positioning and more. If you’re looking to position a dryer vent, which locations will be acceptable here and which won’t? This two-part blog series will look at several examples, with part one today focused on dryer vent locations that are generally okay to utilize.
Likely the most common location for a dryer vent, having the vent go through an exterior wall is perfectly acceptable in most cases. If you have an exterior wall that’s close to where your dryer is located, this will likely be the simplest and most effective option.
It’s important that the opening in the exterior wall be properly sealed and weatherproofed, however, to ensure that no exterior air or moisture gets into your home. You should also make sure that the opening is properly sized for your dryer vent – too small and the vent won’t work properly, too large and you risk drafts and other issues.
In other cases, you may need or want to route your dryer vent through the attic and out the roof. This can be a good option if, for example, your dryer is located on an interior wall with no exterior access point nearby.
As with an exterior wall vent, however, it’s important to ensure that the opening in the roof is properly sealed and weatherproofed. You’ll also want to make sure that the vent pipe is properly secured so that it doesn’t come loose in high winds or other severe weather conditions.
Though this often isn’t the first option that comes to mind, routing your dryer vent through a window can actually be a perfectly acceptable solution in some cases. This is generally only going to be feasible, however, if you have a large enough window and if the window is located near the dryer.
As with other types of vents, it’s important to ensure that the opening in the window is properly sealed and weatherproofed to prevent any exterior air or moisture from coming into your home. You’ll also want to make sure that the vent pipe is properly supported so that it doesn’t come loose and fall out of the window.
In part two of our series, we’ll go over some locations where placing a dryer vent is generally not acceptable, and may pose risks. For more on this, or to learn about any of our HVAC services or other appliance repair programs for SLC clients, speak to our team at All Pro Appliance Service today.