What Were They Thinking?
March 09, 2009
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2009 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
There was no water in the bucket to act as a trap. All that was being collected in the bucket was lint.
The cold winters in Michigan, resulting in cold basement walls, no doubt cause the water to condense on the walls near the dryer. There are between eight and ten people living here. That probably means the dryer is frequently used.
While helping this group to get the dryer exhaust hooked up, I noticed they also had a dehumidifier in the basement not far from the clothes dryer.
The group used a three-step process to dry their clothes:
- Take the moisture from the clothes and put it into the basement air with the dryer.
- Take the moisture out of the air with the dehumidifier.
- Dump the water from the dehumidifier into the sink. The process is apparently effective—except for the combustion products from the natural gas dryer—but not very efficient.
The infiltration for the home was determined to be 19 ACH50. The amount of natural ventilation most likely reduced the potential for a significant health hazard from condensation and combustion products. One benefit from an old leaky home.
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