When it’s time to install a dryer vent in your Bloomington, MN home, you can trust the experts at Dryer Vent Wizard. But if you consider yourself to be fairly handy around your Bloomington, MN house, and you have about a day to spare doing the work, here are a few tips for how to properly install a new dryer vent in your Bloomington, MN home.
The best kind of material for a dryer vent in your Bloomington, MN home is metal. Rigid metal dryer vents are usually safer than their flexible plastic counterparts, which require more cleaning because they tend to catch more lint and can decrease the amount of air flow. Once you get your parts in order, it’s time to figure out where the duct will run. A good rule of thumb: the shorter the distance and the fewer turns, the better. Make sure you’re not using any more than 25 feet of 4-inch duct, subtract 5 feet for every 90-degree turn and 2 ½ feet for every 45-degree turn. Be sure to avoid windows and outdoor obstructions and make sure the bottom of the dryer vent is at least 1 foot off the ground and 12 inches away from things outside of your Bloomington, MN home, like air conditioners.
When that’s all set, head back inside and mark the dryer vent location and plan the route of the duct in your Bloomington, MN home. Buy an outdoor cap and use either aluminum ducts or galvanized steel – just don’t mix materials! Buy one or the other but not both. This will help ensure the safety of your Bloomington, MN home.
Drill a pilot hole for the dryer vent first. This can be one of the trickier parts of the process, so be sure to take your time to get the job done right. After that, slide the vent cap through, square it against the siding and attach and caulk it. Screw the cap down and be sure the caps are vented with a single flap and large hood. Then cut the straight sections to the proper length before snapping the seams together. Be sure to wear protective gloves because the edges can be sharp! Then go inside your Bloomington, MN home and caulk around the duct.
Run the duct from the dryer to the vent cap and push the lower elbow onto the dryer and the upper one onto the vent cap. Measure the distance and then cut and assemble and tape the straight pieces. Once that is all ready, you can push the final elbow into the straight piece that is connected to the vent cap. Voila! Your dryer vent should be installed, but make sure the air is flowing freely and smoothly through your Bloomington, MN home by testing it before starting any laundry.
Seems complicated, doesn’t it? Is this something you really want to attempt on your own? Thankfully, Dryer Vent Wizard has been in the dryer vent business for years in and around Bloomington, MN, so we are well-versed on how to properly and safely install dryer vents in your Bloomington, MN home. Just give us a call today at (651) 792-5626 or contact us online. We serve Bloomington, MN and the surrounding areas.