Have you ever stopped to think about how your washer and dryer work? If you’re like most people, probably not. Consider just one part of the process – drying the clothes. After you heave that sopping mass of wet clothes out of the washer and shovel it into the dryer, what happens to all that water?
The short answer is, it’s forced out of the dryer as steam through the dryer vent. This seemingly minor part of the dryer is very important to install properly in your home. For example, a dryer vent that points indoors instead of outside the home can release somewhere around a gallon of moisture into the air inside. This can be just as bad for your house as dumping a gallon of water directly onto the floor. Also, the duct should be installed as straight as possible, since sharp turns can cause lint build-up, which can be a serious fire hazard.