How To Vent A Dryer Without Outside Access? (My 3 Top Options)

Do you want to learn how to vent a dryer without outside access?

Venting a dryer is important so you don’t breath in the lint and moisture of a dryer but there are a few ways to vent it without a standard duct.

If you are having trouble drying, I invite you to read my guide on 9 reasons why a dryer isn’t drying.

In this guide, I will go over…

  • How to use an indoor lint trap
  • Venting the dryer hose to a window
  • And using a European-style ventless dryer
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Option #1. Install An Indoor Dryer Lint Trap

Probably the most common way to vent a dryer without a vent to the outside is to use an indoor dryer lint trap.

These lint traps are basically detachable filters that are installed at the end of the flex vent behind the dryer. Most indoor lint traps use either one or two filters (and some use water) to filter the air of the highly flammable lint particles that dryers produce.

You may be able to mount it on the wall, or it can just be left on the ground next to the dryer.

Some indoor lint traps even have safety vent flaps which automatically opens to release exhaust if there is a clog blocking the vent.

The downside of indoor lint traps is that you have to clean the filters pretty frequently in addition to the regular lint trap inside the dryer. Also, there is a chance of some lint particles (and humidity) going into the indoor air which wouldn’t happen with a normal setup.

Read Also: How To Repair A Dryer Vent Hose?

Option #2. Vent It To A Window

The second way to vent a dryer without outside access is to just use a window if available.

If this will be a permanent installation, I recommend getting a window dryer vent kit. These window dryer vent kits will allow you to install it on the bottom of a window but which covers the sides to prevent outdoor air from going inside.

It is similar to a portable A/C window connection, except that the dryer vent hood has a flapper.

And if it is a temporary situation, you could just put the flexible hose out the window, and stuff the sides of the window with something to prevent air infiltration.

Read Also: How Often To Clean Dryer Vent?

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Option #3. Install A Ventless Dryer

The third option in venting a dryer without access to the outside is install a ventless dryer. Ventless dryers are something that Americans aren’t familiar with but which are popular in Europe.

Ventless dryers don’t vent to the outside, but they recirculate the air inside the dryer and it filters all of the lint.

All of the moisture from the clothes gets condensed (turned into water) as it goes through an interior heat exchanger.

These dryers are highly efficient, but they usually take longer to dry clothes than conventional dryers. Ventless dryers also tend to have a smaller capacity than conventional dryers as well.

Read Also: How To Keep Birds Out Of Dryer Vent?

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Arie Van Tuijl

Arie Van Tuijl

I am a licensed home inspector in two U.S. states and the founder of Home Inspector Secrets. After performing hundreds of inspections, and seeing thousands of house defects, I realized people would love to have an online resource dedicated to home maintenance. I write detailed home guides and product reviews sprinkled with inspection tips. You can read my bio here.

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