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Q&A: Venting or non-venting clothes dryer for a condo?

Q&A: Venting or non-venting clothes dryer for a condo?

Q: My wife and I are moving our laundry from the basement to the top floor of our three-story condo. What are the pros and cons of using a venting or non-venting dryer? Which is preferable? —Vic White Park City, UT

A: Either could work, depending on your space. A non-venting dryer is usually connected to a hose to release moisture down a drain or fitted with a reservoir that you empty yourself. A venting dryer requires a duct to send heat and moist air outside. That duct should be rigid or flexible metal, and must be checked regularly for lint buildup. Avoid foil or plastic ones because they sag more readily, leading to excessive lint buildup.

Check our clothes dryer buying guide for more helpful tips on choosing the right model for your needs.

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