Recycle your dryer heat to help heat your home

12/01/2011 10:02 am · 12 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Nor really sure if any of you have ever heard of one of these dryer vent units. I just hooked it up to our dryer today. It basically redirects the warm dryer heat into the indoor air. At the same time our laundry room is very cold because of our remodel and its location. After we added the dryer vent, we noticed how much warmer the back of the house was. There wasn’t any dust or lint flying in the air because of how it redirects the air down into the box then back up. I would imagine a screen or fish net panty hose or something along that line would help to filter things.

So if you are in need of a little more heat, or like to be environmentally friendly by using a by-product of drying clothes, then go to your local hardware store and look in the dryer vent section for one of these units.

And help turn your cold laundry room into a nice little warm room and use a by-product of doing the laundry to help heat your home too!

 

 

We picked ours up at the local hardware store… but here are a few I found on Amazon.

 LTF Supurr-Flex® Lint Trap Kit $8.84 FREE super saver shipping

Dryer Heat/Energy Saver (ACEEX12) $8.09 + $4.66 shipping

Update***  Just want to address a few concerns posted on Facebook.

These do not work on gas dryers

The filters are not the best so a little extra “fuzz” will come out.  SO if you have asthma  then it may not be a good fit for your family.  Growing up my Dad put a nylon sock over ours to catch any extra fuzz….. but we all know a nylon is not the best filter on the planet.

The dryer air is humid so if you live in a humid area it may cause you air to be too moist and cause mold.  You can get  dehumidifier, or if you live in a DRY climate like me and if it is vented into a large room you should be ok.  Just want to make sure your humidity is not to high in your home.

It is easy to take off come summer months and put the hot air back ourside.

As always just cause it works for my family does not mean it is always a “fit” for yours.  Use your own judgment.

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Allie
Allie

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!

Deb
Deb

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)

Joanna
Joanna

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. :)

Toni W.
Toni W.

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.

Tonya
Tonya

Thanks for the post and all of the information you added about it.

amanda
amanda

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!

Andrea
Andrea

awesome idea! thx 4 sharing!

Christie
Christie

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.

Wendy
Wendy

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.

Charlotte Mitrisin
Charlotte Mitrisin

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.

Honey Horn
Honey Horn

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!!

Niki
Niki

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...)

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