Dryer Vent Hose: How to Choose Between Aluminum and Plastic
Did you know that the poor maintenance of dryers and dryer vent hoses carries a high risk of fire in your home? Some types of dryer vent hoses are more likely to cause fires. You should therefore make the right choice between aluminum and plastic.
Our precautions to take
- It’s best to have your dryer installed and maintained by a professional capable of taking precautions against fires.
- It’s best to choose a material such as rigid metal for your dryer vent hose, which is much less flammable than plastic or aluminum.
- If you install your dryer yourself, follow the instructions from the manufacturer before installing the dryer vent hose. Run your hose along the most direct possible route to the outside to prevent the accumulation of lint in the curves and bends of the hose.
- Using rigid or flexible metal vent hoses is the best alternative. Plastic hoses are more likely to warp, sag, and get crushed, which encourages the accumulation of lint. Plastic hoses are also much more likely to melt and catch on fire.
- For better removal of the hot air, choose the shortest and straightest possible exhaust air hose.
- Dryers installed in a closet or a confined space in a small apartment, for example, must have an air intake sufficient for their proper functioning.
- Avoid the formation of condensation and the accumulation of lint as much as possible from the very beginning of your machine’s operation. Don’t wait for it to get clogged.
- Insulate your hose if it runs through an unheated area such as a basement.
The ideal dryer vent hose:
The ideal dryer vent hose is made of metal, preferably smooth and rigid, and 4 inches in diameter. It is also as short and straight as possible, and its corner connectors are assembled without screws or fasteners that extend inside the device. Finally, it is connected to an exterior element equipped with a valve that opens automatically when the device is working and protected by an insulating sheath if it runs through an unheated space.
- Make sure that your dryer’s connection hose and exhaust duct are always in good condition, not damaged, and well placed.
- If you have a dryer with a white plastic hose, try to replace it to reduce the risk of fire.
- Consider inspecting and cleaning your dryer filter after each load of laundry by removing the clumps of material.
- Clean the inside of your dryer regularly as indicated by the manufacturer.
- Stop the dryer if you are going out so as never to leave it running unattended.
- Make sure to never put a flammable object near the dryer while in use to prevent fires.
- Make sure to have a fire and smoke alarm installed in your home on each floor, especially near the bedrooms.
- Avoid drying too much laundry at the same time and avoid drying laundry that may have come into contact with flammable chemicals.
To choose a hose for your dryer, follow the advice of professionals and consider having your device maintained by people who specialize in duct cleaning to prevent any risk of fire, whatever material the hose is made of. Relying on a specialized company means avoiding the obligation to replace your dangerous and defective equipment. Indeed, professionals can repair your dryer and give you great advice for better maintenance.