I used one of these about 4 years ago. The damage the moisture did to the plaster walls and ceiling eventually, was unreal and caused a mold situation. Our dryer was in a 15 x 20 room with 7 1/2' ceilings. With the expense from the repair, we could have bought one of those new washer and dryers like on the market today and heat the whole house with oil for 5 years! Please post these warnings on your main article!
We have used one of these for years. We bought our first one as a young married couple living in a trailer with an electric furnace. It was a great help in heating the house. I would put a load of wash in at night, then put it in the dryer first thing in the morning. We now heat with wood heat exclusively (Wood stove in the basement) and we use it to raise our humidity and boost the heating in the furthermost bedroom. My teenage girls buy different fabric softeners so the house will have different smells - and the moist heat feels wonderful on my hands when my arthritis is bad. My husband worked for the electric company. I cannot imagine how it is not "energy efficient". Oh, we use knee-highs. This year we remembered to save them through the summer, washed them and tossed them in a bag. Then we toss it in the trash. It does create dust but...(we heat with wood - we dust more often anyway)
This sounds like a great product! We do not have central heat/air so during the winter we can always use the extra heat, especially if I'm using the dryer anyway! Our little space heaters tend to dry out the air too so a little extra humidity would be great. Thanks for sharing. :)
I have one. I block off the dryer vent to the outside & use this one when it gets cold. It helps with heating the house.
We have one and love it. If you put water in the bottom of it, it will collect the lint. But remember to stop using it once you turn your air on ( especially if your dryer is in your basement) because it will create condensation on your duct work and make your ac work harder!
I work at an electric company, and have never heard of these. I just asked our Energy expert, he handles all of our home energy audits and is very knowledgable when it comes to saving energy. He said this product was not good at all for your home. NOt only ldoes it dump all the humidity into the air, it also is dumping lint and dust particles that will do a number on your heating and air ducts. Not at all worth the little bit of heat that is captured into the home.
I love this. We use one to add heat for the room over our garage (that I can never get warm enough) Yes, it makes the room smell like fabric softener. It does raise the humidity but that has only been a problem when I forgot and closed the laundry room door; we have a small laundry room and with the door closed water drops form on the wire shelving.
Niki: I did purchase this product one year for the purpose of saving $ on heat too. Guess what the fuzz that comes from your dryer was not all contained in the product so it filled the air and stopped the furnace from working properly. Called a furnace man to come in and fix the furnace and he shared that this product was not good for furnaces because not all lint is stopped, but it was good for the furnace repair business. That was 4 yrs ago and haven't used since and no problems. I will share this with you too my furnace is in my laundry room too. Also from what I understand you cannot use this on gas dryers. Just an FYI base on my experience. have a wonderful weekend.
This is awesome! I had no idea they had such a thing. I really can't wait to show my hubby! Thanks a bunch for posting this!!
Great idea! Will you please do a follow up post letting us know how it works and if you like it? I wonder if it will raise the humidity level very much inside the room and also if there's a smell of fabric sheets that is put into the room. (Although in Idaho it's so dry I don't think either of these things is a downer...)