According to the U.S. Department of Energy, close to 80 percent of American households are equipped with a clothes dryer. Whether homeowners choose a gas or electric dryer, nearly all are vented to the outdoors—but there is another option. A ventless dryer is the ideal solution in a number of applications, but if you're on the fence about whether or not one is right for you read on to learn everything you need to know to make a more informed decision, courtesy of the experienced professionals at Mr. Appliance®.
What is a Ventless Dryer?
A ventless dryer is one that has no outdoor ventilation system, and comes in one of two types:
This is the most common style of ventless dryer sold in the U.S. today and it works by drawing in the cooler air from the laundry room and heating it in the same manner as a vented dryer. Rather than exhausting the heated air through a hose, a heat exchanger cools it down. As the temperature drops the moisture is converted back into a liquid and is collected in a chamber and reheated to continue the cycle until the drying process is complete. At the end of the cycle, the water is collected in a tray for easy disposal by the user.
Heat Pump Dryers
Only recently have heat pump dryers been available for purchase in the U.S., and they continue to grow in popularity as they are highly efficient. With this type of dryer, the condenser is absent and the heat pump continuously cycles the heated air throughout the drum without creating hot air or moisture within the laundry room.
Ventless Dryers Pros and Cons
Ventless dryers are the preferred choice in most European homes, or anywhere the size and age of the architecture may be unsuitable to accommodate a vented dryer. Before you purchase your next appliance, consider our list of pros and cons to help with your decision.
Pros of Ventless vs. Vented Dryers
Since a ventless dryer takes up less space than its counterpart and there is no need to cut any holes in your exterior walls, this dryer can be installed almost anywhere within the home.
These dryers use less energy than a conventional model, by recycling the heated air rather than creating it.
Ease of Installation
The only requirements for a ventless dryer setup are the power receptacle, which needs to be either three or four prongs and adequate airflow around the unit.
Easier on Fabrics
The smaller drum and lower volume of heat are gentler on fabrics, improving the lifespan of your clothing.
Cons of Ventless vs. Vented Dryers
Large families may struggle with reduced load capabilities and increased drying times.
While you can save money over the lifetime of the appliance through increased efficiency, a ventless dryer will require a larger initial investment than a vented dryer.
In tight spaces or humid environments, the added moisture produced by a ventless dryer may lead to mold or mildew growth.
When choosing between a vented or ventless dryer, consider how often you do laundry, the size of your family, and your budget.
Keep your home and family safe while doing your laundry, with these tips on dryer vents and fire safety from our Neighborly brand partner, Aire Serv. Regardless of which type of dryer you choose, you can count on the experts at Mr. Appliance for fast, reliable service and repair, including professional dryer vent cleaning. Call us today at (888) 998-2011 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.