What Is a Ventless Dryer?

by LG Washer Dryer LG Washer and Dryer
At first glance, a ventless dryer may not seem much different from other clothes drying appliances. While generally smaller and more portable than ordinary dryers, ventless dryers are available as standalone models or in washer and dryer sets. You can even purchase a washer and dryer combo with ventless drying. This in turns gives you the option of a stackable washer and dryer or the efficient washer and dryer in one.

But while the ventless dryer may resemble the traditional electric dryer, it differs in one critical respect. As the name suggests, the ventless dryer does not have, or require, affixed ducting. This is the tubular attachment that is normally fitted to the back of a dryer in order to conduct moist, heated air out of the appliance and ultimately outside of the building. The ventless dryer, on the other hand, processes the air through a heat exchanger, even when part of a washer dryer combo. This simple but significant design change represents a major innovation in laundry convenience, an advance as significant as the invention of the portable washing machine. Instead of dealing with installation, you simply plug and dry.

How Ventless Dryers Changed “Laundry Day”

Once, residents of condos, apartments and other smaller homes had few choices when it came to laundry appliances. If their unit was not already fitted for a vented dryer, their only recourse was to head for the local Laundromat or make the best of a common laundry room with too few dryers for too many residents. Now, thanks to ongoing advances in dryer technology, the ventless dryer offers the convenience of an in-unit appliance. What’s more, ventless dryers take up very little room, making them a good option even for studios.

Yet this space-saving device, which runs off a normal electrical outlet, is also versatile. Many ventless dryers feature multiple dry programs and include energy-saving features. Best of all, ventless dryers often cost less than their conventional counterparts. Among the most popular is the LG dryer, available in a variety of configurations.

How Ventless Dryers Work

So how does a ventless dryer function? Unlike the traditional dryer, a ventless dryer employs a high-tech process known as cold water condensation. First, the appliance uses heat to pull moisture from laundry. Next, it recycles the moist, heated air back into the drum, cooling it into water. The water can then be emptied into a conventional bathroom or kitchen sink.

Because this type of dryer lacks a vent, it is also free of the many problems associated with conventional dryers. For example, you will never be faced with clogged vents or obstructed airflow due to faulty vent installation or damage. On the other hand, you will be able to hook up your combo or washer/dryer inside a very small space, such as a closet or, in some cases, under a counter top. As long as you have access to water, a drain and correct electrical requirements – you can install this almost anywhere.

What Kind of Homes Can Use Ventless Dryers?

Any home with electrical power can accommodate a ventless dryer. The one exception is the gas-only home, a rarity. Gas dryers must channel fumes outside to avoid safety hazards. With electricity, such issues simply do not apply.

Despite a common misconception, ventless washer / dryer combos can operate on either 110V.  It’s true that the ventless dryer does take a bit more time to fully dry clothing, although overloading of the dryer is usually a contributing factor. On the other hand, some ventless washer/dryer combos feature a delay option, so you can throw a load in whenever it’s most convenient. Besides, think of the hours you’ll save by not trekking to and from the Laundromat!

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