The Benefits of Properly Installing a Decorative Dryer Vent
One of the key components to managing the humidity levels inside the home are dryer vents. They are fabricated out of a variety of materials that include copper, galvanized metal, tin, plastic and others.
When constructed of the best available materials and in the proper design, it eliminates the problems caused by ineffective dryer performance which can dramatically increase wear and tear, and cause damage to the appliance.
When correctly designed and installed, the dryer vent can eliminate the potential of dangerous fire hazards. The three primary goals of a dryer vent are:
- Venting the dryer properly from the indoors to the outdoors.
- Serve as a barrier against unwanted critters, insects and weather.
- Provide an aesthetically pleasing and complement the exterior of the home.
Dryer Vent Installation
Many older homes tend to have dryer vents that exhaust into interior spaces including garages, attics, crawlspaces and basements. The ill-advised installation causes more than just the enormous mess it creates by blowing fine dust, polyester and cotton fibers inside the home.
When the dryer vent is not properly installed and maintained, it can dramatically increase the potential of fire. In addition, it increases the levels of humidity when blowing wet air into an enclosed environment. This provides the ideal breeding ground for mildew, mold and bacteria that can easily develop in a short amount of time. This can lead to respiratory issues and poor air quality indoors.
Properly Designed and Installed Dryer Venting
Proper installation of a dryer vent is not only a crucial aspect in how the dryer operates, but serves as the ideal solution for safely discharging the hot air. Many older homes did not have the proper installation of the dryer vent when it was constructed. Homes that are 80 years and older usually have dryer vents that were improperly installed by the homeowner, when the newly invented drying appliance was positioned in the basement or the main floor of the home.
The Beauty of Copper Dryer Vents
For centuries, architects and designers have recognized the impeccable environmental credentials and sustainability of architectural copper. It remains one of the more beautiful building materials and as such is used in the fabrication of dryer vents. In fact, a copper vent is used to complement other exterior copper components of a home that include the roof, window awning, fireplace, fire pit, weathervane, gutter and downspout, leader head, finials, and other decorative features.
Copper as an architectural material has an indefinite effective design life. It is highly resistant to corrosion and remains extremely durable through its entire lifespan. It is virtually maintenance free, and requires little cleaning. It is one of the few environmentally friendly building materials that can be recycled completely, once it has served its purpose.
A Cost-Effective Solution
Copper dryer vents work as a cost-effective solution for homeowners because it offers significantly more value to the property than other available materials. This is because the metal has higher durability and more maintenance free properties than galvanized metal, tin or plastic.
Installing copper dryer vents on a home is a decorative way to enhance the exterior of the house. It can be blended in with other copper components including cupolas, louvers, mailboxes, door and window awnings and more. It creates a dramatic visual aesthetically-pleasing solution that can add significant value to any home.