Dryer vent systems should be short and straight to function. In most cases, it involves venting the dryer through a wall at or near ground level. However, the most straightforward, most linear route to the outside is sometimes via the roof. But venting the dryer through the top of the home introduces problems in the venting system. Thus, here’s the complete guide on why it’s not a good idea to have a roof-mounted dryer vent.
In most cases, the shortest restricted route shows the optimal termination position. But check that the windows, doors, and air conditioner compressors are within easy reach. It works well for laundry rooms in the middle of the house. Pushing hot air upwards requires roughly the same work as making air. So don’t dismiss the possibility of a dryer roof vent.
The types and features vary across the country. They can make a difference in how your dryer operates and how the duct pipe fills up with lint. Because of their climate helix design, most roof vents don’t provide easy access. It uses a snake-line wand and brush when cleaning the duct. A tradesman uses a grate or screen with small openings to complete the installation. It may only be months before this opening becomes choked. Be careful of roof vents having grills or grates added for the dryer.
It is one of the most typical errors we encounter from folks who are unfamiliar with air ducts. Also, it poses a fire risk to a home if left unchecked.
Sometimes when rain falls, It might lead to roof damage. Besides, it could result in leaks and other costly damage.
Cleaning the Dryer Vent Is Difficult
When venting a dryer, it should vent via the side of the house rather than through a roof. The exit should also be close to the ground. When you can reach the door, keeping a clean pipe is more manageable. Also, fires can occur if left untreated for a long time. Cleaning a dryer is usually not too difficult. All you must do is to get rid of the lint.
Mold and moisture
In dryer vents, modest amounts of steam and condensation occur. Unless the condensation gets considerable, this is usually not a concern. Vertical vents, unfortunately, can make even modest amounts of condensation a problem. Moisture will seep back down the duct, coating the whole interior of the system as it does so. This moisture attracts the lint. It causes your chimney to become dirty sooner than it should, and it can even contribute to mildew and mold growth.
Another issue occurs when the dryer venting system enters an unheated attic. The temperature difference between the cold air outside and warm air inside causes moisture to form. Then it travels downward through vertical ductwork—it causes damage to the vent system and other parts of your home’s structure. As a result, you should insulate any ducting that travels through an unheated area.
Keep Pests Away
Birds, squirrels, and other animals enjoy building nests inside roof-top vents. It uses them as entryways into your attic. Screens over vent openings keep animals out. Besides, some dryer roof vents feature internal dampers that stop the vent when the dryer is not in use. Unfortunately, it also designs them that are undesirable to birds.
Premature dryer repairs
The primary problem with dryer vents is that screens on end prevent lint from escaping. Lint builds up in the roof-mounted dryer vent and within the dryer itself as a result of this. The dryer can’t send the moist air and lint outdoors. Because of the lint buildup as the dryer is working harder and overheating. As a result, it may take a period to dry each load. It may also use more energy (higher electricity bills). Then it results in premature dryer repairs (thermal fuses, heating element).
Changing roof-mounted dryer vents
First, it is to reduce lint buildup. Second, it is because it has ensured lint has a greater chance of exiting! As a result, dryer vents need less frequent cleaning.
A two-story house has laundry equipment on the second floor. The builders may have no option but to vent the dryer exhaust via the ceiling. It is unless the laundry room is right next to an exterior wall. It’s possible that re-doing your laundry system to vent via the side of the house isn’t an option for you. You should have no difficulties as long as you keep on top of things with frequent cleaning. So, if you consider venting your dryer through the roof, keep in mind that it’s usually not the best solution.