Clothes dryer preheater?
I found that patents exist for products that would use the outgoing heat from a dryer to preheat the incoming air, but I haven't found any thing forsale. I'm not going to get away from using my dryer in the winter, but I'd like to do it as efficiently as possibly. Taking warm air from the laundry room, heating it, and then sending it outside, only to have make up air come from the cold outside seems horribly inefficient. My house is much too humid during the winter to use a dryer diverter and the smell is terrible, so that's not going to work. Nor is simply hanging the clothes to dry, again due to the humidity and the fact that doing that with even a few of my wife's blouses takes days to dry.
So, does anyone know of any available products to reclaim dryer heat?
Link to the patents http://www.google.com/patents/US4063590
Posted Jul 30, 2014 3:48 PM ET
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