Managing Dryer Exhaust for Better IAQ
Travis Brungardt and Joe Cook of Catalyst Construction discuss why and how venting is essential to increase the efficiency of your dryer.
Sponsored by InOvate
Part of high-performance building is managing indoor-air quality . For that reason, it’s important to address the warm, moist exhaust from your dryer and get it out of the house as quickly and efficiently as possible. At Fine Homebuilding House Kansas, InOvate Dryerbox ® and the DryerWallVent ® are being installed to help accomplish those goals.
Installing Dryerbox ® allows you to slide your dryer back to the wall, flush with the face of the washing machine without crimping the hose connection which would slow the flow of the dryer lint and the exhaust out of the house, and can be a fire hazard. It’s to work with because it’s a heavy gauge piece of metal that holds its shape allowing us to use a drywall router around it without damaging the product. This makes for a really durable piece of equipment which is offered in both upflow and downflow.
InOvate offers a full line of products complete with an exterior wall termination cap. We ran rigid metal duct work from Dryerbox up and out of the house through the exterior wall to the DryerWallVent ® . This is a great product because it provides clean lines that the architect prefers, is made of a durable Galvalume metal, and has an integrated drip edge that manages water really well. All in all, this is a win for the client and architect who love the aesthetic, and then, of course, for the builder with its low risk for water. It’s important to still inspect annually to make sure that your system’s breathing properly.