Dryer vents are the unseen, unsung heroes of our washer and dryer systems. They dispel all the nasty fuzz and junk from our clothes without us noticing.
The only time we really do notice them is when something goes awry. It’s important for dryer vents to be cleaned and/or replaced on occasion in order to lower the risk of fire.
Proper installation is important, as is keeping it clean. Troubleshoot problems that could be simple to fix in order to improve dryer function and prevent hazards from taking place.
How do dryer vents work? And why are they beneficial? Let’s dive in.
How Do Dryer Vents Work?
On the back of each dryer, you will see a 4-inch diameter metal vent that quickly and safely releases air.
This air must be safely dispelled outdoors rather than blasted throughout the house.
One end of the tube is attached firmly to the dryer and the other end is attached to a hole cut in the side of the house.
Dryer Vent Types
Major types of dryer vents include:
Aluminum Foil Duct: One of the less expensive dryer vent types around, the aluminum foil duct is also among the most common types of dryer duct. Its cylindrical shape and metal build make it inflammable.
Slim Duct: Also called “periscope,” this type of dryer vent allows owners to push the dryer back closer to the wall. Like aluminum foil ducts, it also shouldn’t be kept within the wall assembly.
Semi-Rigid Metal Duct: This duct is not as prone to crushing. The inside of the duct is very smooth which allows lint to flow through with ease.
The Installation Process
Installing the dryer vent is something any homeowner could do if they really wanted to. You can buy an entire dryer vent kit that provides every component you’d need.
Sometimes calling a pro is a good idea, especially if you are not a DIY person. Plus, installation is typically very quick and easy for someone who is highly skilled and experienced.
Why not make your life a little easier?
Cleaning and Continual Care
As stated above, you need to keep your dryer vents clean. Every once in a while you should reach in and vacuum it. Lint and debris can quickly build up in your hose which is no good.
Critters and vermin can accumulate in your unit as well which can quickly turn deadly (not to mention stinky).
Treat Your Dryer with Respect
With periodic maintenance and care, your dryer will have a long and prosperous shelf-life.