Keeping The Dryer Heat Inside

This winter has been one of the coldest on record. Due to the cold snap, many homeowners have looked for new ways to improve heating efficiency. One great way method that is often overlooked is to keep dryer heat inside. Most homes expel the heat produced from drying clothes, which is a must for gas dryers. They produce dangerous carbon monoxide that must be vented. However, for electric dryers you can take advantage of this excess heat.

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Dryer Heat Keeper

This heat keep allows warm air from the dryer to stay inside during the winter while catching lint.All that is left to do is set the one-way valve on the heat keeper to the winter setting. Heat will now stay inside the house during drying cycles.

One last note is to make sure to clean the screen after each dryer cycle. It will catch lint that makes it past your lint trap and prevent it from ending up the laundry room.

EDIT: There have been a lot of questions about moisture and the possibility of mold problems. The moisture concern is great to discuss because this heat keeper redirects humidity inside along with the warm air. Here are a few points to consider before using this contraption:

Is it for you?

  • Would you use a humidifer in your home?
  • Do you live in a humid environment?
  • Do you do a lot of laundry?

If you install the heat keeper

  • Add a fan to the room to keep air flowing.
  • Consider opening the heat keeper only a couple times a week.
  • Make sure to only use the heat keeper during the coldest months of the year.

 

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Dryer Heat Keeper

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.