Although it’s typically not advised, some homes come with a dryer vent system that is designed to vent inside rather than outside. When possible, it’s always best to vent outside in order to prevent potential hazards and, most commonly, uncomfortable conditions in the home, especially during hot summer weather.
But, if there is no way to vent your dryer outside, there are some ways you can make venting a dryer inside work.
To start, you need to make sure a dryer transition duct is properly in place. This duct should be four inches in diameter and typically five feet or so in length. In addition to your transition duct, you’ll want to utilize a plastic lint reservoir and a plastic mounting ring to make sure your system works properly and as efficiently as possible.
Although there are kits available to do this on your own, it’s always best to do this type of work with the help and guidance of a dryer vent professional, who can make sure every detail is attended to properly.
It’s important to note that all new clothes dryers recommend finding a way to vent it outside as regulations now state that there are “no safe options” for venting a dryer inside. Gas dryers especially need to be worked on with caution as carbon monoxide and other combustible by-products could enter your home if they are not vented properly.