Q & As on dryer vents
1. What is the purpose of a dryer vent?
The purpose of the dryer vent system is to transport this water vapor, and the lint that accompanies it, to a safe location outside the home. The most commonly seen improper type of dryer vent is flexible vinyl tubing. Vinyl is a type of plastic and it can easily melt and lead to a house fire.
2. Is it OK to run a dryer without a vent?
To operate correctly, dryers need vents that allow heat, lint, and moisture to be expelled outdoors.
3. What happens if I don’t vent my dryer?
If you vent your dryer inside, lint particles will accumulate in the venting area. After that, one spark from a faulty electrical wire is all it takes to set the lint on fire. … Dryer lint certainly isn’t toxic, but it does come out of the dryer in very small particles.
4. What happens if dryer vent is not cleaned?
When a dryer vent is clogged, the drying cycle can double or triple in time. You’ll notice that clothes are not completely dry at the end of a regular cycle. … If your vent is blocked by lint, the air will stay in your dryer keeping your clothes hot and moist. This results in increased electric bills and possible damage to your dryer.