I would like to put a diverter on our dryer vent on our electric dryer in the basement and not in the home. Has anyone ever done this to take advantage of the air that comes out of the dryer.

I see kits that you can attach to your dryer vent that are supposed to work. Do they?

Most of the basement is very cold and I have some very large houseplants growing under lights that would benefit from the moisture. However I see from a lot of posts that the dryer throws out a lot of harmful lint as well as chemicals. The vent will be connected to a small dryer in the laundry room area of my basement where a dehumidifier is plugged in and running.

Would the dehumidifier take care of the extra moisture problem everyone is speaking about?

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    An electric dryer does not exhaust any "chemicals", only heat and moisture from the drying clothes.
    – Alaska Man
    Dec 25, 2020 at 21:49
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    As long as you can keep the humidity under control, so you don't get mold/mildew, you should be OK, but regular maintenance to remove lint will be important. Dec 25, 2020 at 21:59
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    The dryer vent stream contains lint in sufficient amounts to build up in the dryer vent over time. I would not vent this into the living space. Dec 25, 2020 at 22:40
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    @AlaskaMan There will be some chemicals coming out of the detergent that didn't get entirely washed away... the main problem is this is a lot more moisture than OP thinks it is, and it will cause condensation since it'll be a bolles of moisture arriving much faster than the dehumidifier can get rid of it. Dec 25, 2020 at 22:50
  • The basement will end up smelling much worse than the detergent aisle at the supermarket. If the OP is willing to take that, there probably nothing particularly harmful (at least not known yet) in that, it's just really, really annoying.
    – FreeMan
    Dec 26, 2020 at 13:46

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I’ve used an exchange in my home for year only when it gets cold. Dryer goes into the basement which is about 2000sq ft in size. The exchange closes off the air to the outside and has a screen to capture lint into the basement. I have not noticed an excessive moisture in the basement, The fragrance was noticeably pleasant from the fabric softener sheets in the basement and was definitely a warmer temperature. It’s suggested to clean out the trap in the spring and any excess lint that may have gotten pass.

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