Install A "Heat Saver" Onto Your Dryer Vent Yourself

Posted on: 28 July 2016

If you're concerned about the cost of heating your home during the winter or find that your home is constantly chilly because you can't afford to heat it to the degree that you'd like, it's time to take matters into your own hands. When you run a load of wet clothing through the dryer, the appliance makes valuable heat — that is simply pushed outdoors where it's no value. The good news is that you can channel this hot air back into your home with the installation of a "heat saver" kit. These kits are sold in home improvement stores by multiple manufacturers, but share the common trait of helping to reroute the hot air back into your home, instead of leaving through the dryer duct. Here's how to do the job.

Necessary Tools

Making sure that you have the right tools on hand will make this job go easier. The tool list for installing a heat saver kit is minimal. You'll need a pair of tin snips to cut a section out of the vent, as well as a permanent marker to draw a line on the vent that you can follow, and a ruler. A flexible level is another useful tool to ensure that you draw the line perfectly horizontally, and you'll also need some duct tape to secure the kit.

Cutting The Gap

Your instruction manual will indicate the size of the gap, in inches, you'll need to cut out of the dryer duct. Measure accordingly with the ruler, and then use the flexible level and permanent marker to draw two lines around the circumference of the duct. The next part of the job is the trickiest, but you can manage it if you go slowly. Snip along each line with the tin snips, taking care to avoid scratching your fingers or hands on the newly cut edges, as they're extremely sharp.

Installing The Heat Saver

Once you've cut the gap in the duct, slide the heat saver into place. Typically, it's slightly smaller than the duct, so it will sit snugly inside the duct and rest on a couple flanges. You can then cut some strips of duct tape to help keep the heat saver from moving. Once it's in place, you can check out how it operates. There's a door that can be moved in two positions. In one position, the door allows the hot air to escape out the duct as it always has; in the other position, the door diverts the air through a screen and into your home. If you get overwhelmed at any point during the installation process, simply call a licensed appliance service.

To learn more, contact a company like Goldman  Appliances Inc