Everything you need to know about ventless dryers

Have you been thinking about purchasing a ventless dryer? Maybe you don’t want to make holes in your home only for just a dryer. Or maybe you just want something simple that plugs in and works. That’s why many people end up buying ventless dryers. People would prefer to not have to worry about any outdoor ventilation system that a dryer needs. 

The two types of ventless dryers

Heat Pump Dryers
Heat pump dryers are becoming more popular among homeowners because it offers them the drying capacity they need with a more efficient system. This style of dryer uses a heat pump to continuously send heated air into the drum. It’s like a mini whole house heater.

Condenser Dryers
Condenser dryers are much more common than heat pump dryers. It works just like an air conditioner would by cooling the hot air through a condenser. This eliminates the need for a whole exhaust system like a conventional oven would. Once the cycle is finished, the water cools and collects in a pan for easy disposal.

Cons of ventless dryers
Higher cost

You may save money in the long run, but ventless dryers are much more expensive. Many people don’t think that the increased efficiency and later savings are worth the current price.

Small capacity
Due to the design of ventless dryers, they have less space than a normal conventional dryer does. This results in smaller load capacity and even longer drying times. For some, they feel it defeats the purpose of the unit being more efficient.

High humidity
If you have the ventless dryer installed in a small space, they tend to create a much more humid environment. A damp area means it is a perfect place for the growth of mold and mildew to grow. 

Pros of ventless dryers
Higher efficiency

Ventless dryers are known for their much higher efficiency compared to regular dryers. Since these units control the heat much better, they become much more efficient in energy usage.

No exhaust system
You don’t have to worry about any type of exhaust with ventless dryers. This also greatly reduced the risk of lint related fires and dryer ducts are the main cause of home fires.

Ease of installation
Since all you have to do is plug the unit in, you don’t have to worry about finding a place where you can connect the dryer and also install the exhaust system. 

Ventless dryers have their pros and cons like any other appliance. The biggest difference between conventional and ventless dryers is that you’ll have much more versatility and efficiency in the long run.