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Old 12-27-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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Our climate here in Anchorage makes our dryer vent one of the most open areas of our home. Cold air gets into our laundry area, directly off the kitchen, and causes a constant draft throughout that area of the house. We made a plug to seal off the vent when the dryer is not in use, problem is we must tromp through the snow to plug and unplug every time we do laundry. Any ideas for us? Caren in Anchorage

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Are the flaps or louvers still installed on the outside vent? I dont ever remember feeling a draft coming through my dryer
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Our climate here in Anchorage makes our dryer vent one of the most open areas of our home. Cold air gets into our laundry area, directly off the kitchen, and causes a constant draft throughout that area of the house. We made a plug to seal off the vent when the dryer is not in use, problem is we must tromp through the snow to plug and unplug every time we do laundry. Any ideas for us? Caren in Anchorage
In Montreal, I have the same problem. Putting in a butterfly damper (inside the house inserted right into the interior side of the outer-vent pipe) is easy and cheap, and it certainly cuts the draft down almost completely. But one of the contributors to this forum says, "No, that's not a good idea" -- I presume he means because the internal butterfly will gradually collect lint and finally clog the pipe.

So I haven't got a solution. Did you buy/try the suggested item from ebay? Or did you come up with some other interior solution?
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butterfly dampers wll do a great job of keeping out the cold drafts, but if you install one make it at a point that you can take it off at least once a year and clean it , in fact clean out the entire vent run. any type of damper installed inside the vent pipe CAN and WILL collect lint, so it is very important to do the maintance that goes with it.
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butterfly dampers wll do a great job of keeping out the cold drafts, but . . . . . . . . it is very important to do the maintance that goes with it.
Thank you for the reply. I have a butterfly damper installed temporarily, but I'm going to keep an eye on it. It's at eye level and it's an easily removable ten-inch section of pipe, so checking it is easy. If the lint snagging per month looks ominous, I'll take it out.

I'm also looking for a mushroom vent for the exterior; if I find one I may go through the work of replacing the vent, but that will have to wait 6 months for the snow to go away and the weather to clear. Do you think a mushroom vent (one foot above the ground) might be better in the sense of being both anti-draft and non-cloggable?

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