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Can you vent a clothes dryer into the attic?
Monday, January 11, 2021
Building codes require that dryer “exhaust ducts shall terminate to the outside of the building,” and for two good reasons. First, dryer exhaust air is loaded with moisture. When you think the about the weight of a load of towels when they come out of the washer, and then what they weigh when you take them out the dryer, the difference is a lot of water. And it all gets trapped in the attic if the dryer duct terminates there.
And second, dryer lint is extremely flammable. An amazing amount of lint can accumulate in an attic over the years, and all it needs is a small spark or the heat buildup from a clog in the duct to ignite. Here’s an example below.
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