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 '20 at 21:49
  • 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 '20 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 '20 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 '20 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 '20 at 13:46

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