Heating our houses is expensive. I hate waste. Put those two together and we're looking for alternatives! I'm here to explain just how easy it is! Dryer heating vent filters are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. ideas! I'm paying to heat the clothes, why not reuse that heat in the house? 💥
So here I am, three years ago, sitting in my 1950's house that I have since renovated except the windows. They're old single pane with storm windows, so they're not awful, but not great. I had tried that plastic that you put over the windows in a house I rented years back and absolutely hated the "cheap" look of it, so that was out the window. Then I got to talking with my dad about ways to heat better when he mentioned that since I have an electric dryer, there's no reason why I can't vent it indoors to supplement the heat!
✨LIFE. CHANGING.✨ Why is this not more commonly known? Why, why why!!!!!!
I began the hours of research as to which vent would be the best and how exactly to do it! Amazon has tons of different options and each had their positives and negatives. I went with the one that is in the middle in the below photo. I chose this one because when its summer, I can take the hose out of the top and attach it to the vent outside. During winter, I stuff a towel in the outdoor vent and reattach the hose to the indoor vent!
ONLY VENT INDOORS IF YOU HAVE AN ELECTRIC DRYER. DRYERS USING OTHER SOURCES SUCH AS NATURAL GAS WILL LEAD TO CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Okay so we have now had this in our house for the past 4 years. On average, each load of laundry will raise the temperature on my main level by 2°F and the lower level by 5°F! Crazy right!
Let's get some perspective. I have a Tri-level house (similar to the photo below) that is built into a small hill. The lower level is home to my garage, master bedroom, playroom, 1/2 bath, and laundry area. This level is built into the hill so 1/2 of this level is half underground and the other 1/2 of this level is at/above ground level, so it stays COLD year round! Which is great in the summer, however in the winter its very hard to heat. Having the dryer raise the temperature by 5°F is amazing.
TIP: IF you get the dryer vent that I recommend, add a nylon stocking over the holes! It will prevent any larger particles of lint from escaping!
TL;DR: If you have an electric dryer, do it. I recommend the vent that I got as well since its one of the few that doesn't require filter replacements as well! Let me know in the comments if you have an indoor dryer vent and your thoughts on it!
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