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Currently looking at a home which has a nice 2nd floor laundry. Vented dryer, nice rack for hanging clothes, etc.

However, it's in the center of the home and does not contain an HVAC (central air) vent. It does have a vent for the dryer. Is this a "code" problem or just poor design? I'm concerned that clothes may not dry properly without air circulation when hanging...and also in the dryer for that matter.

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You can put a ceiling fan in pretty easily. I don't think it is a code violation or my garage laundry room in Florida would not be in compliance :) [it is not air conditioned]. I am pretty certain you only have to air condition living areas.

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Although most are based on the National Building Code, code should always be assumed to be local. Pretty much every local regulating body has their own alterations. If you really do care about being in compliance, check with your local Building Inspector or appropriate department.

The Internet is NEVER the place for the correct answer to "is this code-compliant?", unless you include your municipal web site.

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Great point...I guess I was just wondering if it "sounded" like a violation enough to do the research. It sounds like it's not one, but I'll find out for sure soon enough. – Mike Cornell Aug 31 '10 at 20:07
What mickeyf said many times over. There is also a question of when your house was built (or remodeled). A house needs to meet the code when it was built and inspected, not the code as it is today. We want you Safe. Meeting 'code' is a legal issue. Safety, protection and peace of mind, these are the real issues. – Some Guy Mar 24 '15 at 20:11

This is a code problem. You also have the issue with the hot, humid air ( MOLD? ) and the lint ( FIRE DANGER ).

Or did I mis-read this - is there a vent but just no central air vent?

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Dryer vent yes...central air no. Sorry, my original question was not clear... – Mike Cornell Aug 31 '10 at 17:44
You can get a dryer vent that vents into a box with water. They are used in some apartments. Very common. – Brian Aug 31 '10 at 18:14
@0A0D - I think those are OK for an electric dryer, but probably not for a gas dryer. – Eric Petroelje Aug 31 '10 at 20:14
@Eric: No, you can use it for a gas dryer. Just have to keep it clean otherwise you'll have carbon monoxide problems. – Brian Aug 31 '10 at 20:37

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