Ventless Washer/Dryer Units


The in-unit washer and dryer is a coveted home and rental feature – a luxury appreciated by anyone who has lugged bags of clothes to the Laundromat in the rain.

There’s an important reason some units, especially in multi-unit housing, can’t offer this amenity. Besides the obvious space requirement, most dryers need a vent to move the warm, moist air outside. Those who can’t drill an exhaust hole in their home are out of luck.

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Luckily, new and improved washer/dryer combination units will wash clothes and then dry them by circulating the same hot air over and over again, so there’s no need for an exhaust vent. “These are a solution for those who can’t install a conventional dryer or don’t have space for a full laundry system because they live in studios, apartments or small homes,” says Dave VanderWaal, director of brand marketing for home appliances for LG Electronics USA.

There is one main trade-off. “Because the dryer isn’t vented, the air inside stays pretty moist,” says Bob Baird, a merchandising vice president for The Home Depot. “It takes a lot longer – three hours or more – to dry clothes. For people who don’t do a lot of laundry, that might be fine, but if someone has kids and does a bunch of loads every week, it might be an issue.”

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