The laundry room is one of the hardest working spaces in your home. Remodeling it can produce an excellent return on investment. Laundry rooms need several functional zones incorporated into them, so there are some special factors you must consider to avoid costly renovation mistakes. Laundry room ventilation is one of the critical features you can’t afford to ignore.
The Importance of Adding Ventilation
The laundry room generates a great deal of heat energy and moisture. It needs ventilation for your washing machine as well as your dryer. Some builders don’t install vents for washing machines, particularly if the laundry facility is in a mudroom or at the end of the hallway.
Proper ventilation is key to avoiding damp, moldy, and potentially stinking laundry. Lack of a vent could also cause mold growth on the walls of your laundry space.
Add a Vent
Adding a vent to the outside when redoing your laundry station is the safest bet against moisture and mold infestation, particularly if you’re transferring the dryer and washer to their own new space. If your laundry room has a pet care station or shower stall, consider adding a bathroom-style vent fan to the ceiling to help prevent moisture buildup.
Choose Correct Venting Material
Your ventilation hose should be made of rigid metal with a smooth interior to reduce lint buildup. Solid aluminum or galvanized steel are two good venting material options you can consider. Avoid foil and PVC as they’re flammable and allow lint accumulation, as well as vinyl because it usually dries out and cracks over time, compromising the vent line. For best airflow, the vent-pipe runs should be kept as short as possible, and the bends should be minimized.
Good ventilation is essential for not only preventing the buildup of moisture and mold in your laundry room but also ensuring your safety by reducing the risk of an appliance fire. If you have any questions on laundry room ventilation, please contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve served the HVAC and plumbing needs of satisfied clients in Monmouth County and the surrounding area for three generations.
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