Recycle your dryer heat to help heat your home

12/01/2011 10:02 am · 3 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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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shearon6843
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My husband and I had one of these in an apartment shortly after we first married. Even in Missouri (a very humid state in the summer) the extra humidity was no issue (unless a certain someone forgot to leave the tiny laundry room door open. I would recommend getting one that has some sort of filter in addition to the water bucket as the water alone won’t catch all the lint. Long story short, my husband left ours behind one move and we haven’t gotten a new one yet. I was looking around for recommendations and reviews and in all… Read more »
TimRobb1
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This should only be done with electric dryers.  Gas dryers produce carbon monoxide that is vented to the outside with the damp air.  Please don’t vent that sir into the house!

angelhudso
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This is an awesome idea on home heating topic. I am working in heating service provider company i. e http://allweekheating.com/ but I never hear or read this type of great idea for home heating.

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