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By Mike U

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I am building a massage therapy spa. My washer/dryer will be in the back of the store. The only way to vent the dryer will be to run a vent pipe up through a Chase and through the roof. This will be costly and what happens when it clogs up? For this reason I am considering a Ventless Dryer. Keep in mind I will be drying towels and running this dryer about 3 times or more day. Which ventless dryer should I choose,condensation or heat? Are the drying run times the same for ventless as is gas dryers? Will it cost me less, the same or more $$ wise to run monthly.

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I am building a massage therapy spa. My washer/dryer will be in the back of the store. The only way to vent the dryer will be to run a vent pipe up through a Chase and through the roof. This will be costly and what happens when it clogs up? For this reason I am considering a Ventless Dryer. Keep in mind I will be drying towels and running this dryer about 3 times or more day. Which ventless dryer should I choose,condensation or heat? Are the drying run times the same for ventless as is gas dryers? Will it cost me less, the same or more $$ wise to run monthly.

Thank You for your help

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  • I am building a massage therapy spa. My washer/dryer will be in the back of the store. The only way to vent the dryer will be to run a vent pipe up through a Chase and through the roof. This will be costly and what happens when it clogs up? For this reason I am considering a Ventless Dryer. Keep in mind I will be drying towels and running this dryer about 3 times or more day. Which ventless dryer should I choose,condensation or heat? Are the drying run times the same for ventless as is gas dryers? Will it cost me less, the same or more $$ wise to run monthly.
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I am building a massage therapy spa. My washer/dryer will be in the back of the store. The only way to vent the dryer will be to run a vent pipe up through a Chase and through the roof. This will be costly and what happens when it clogs up? For this reason I am considering a Ventless Dryer.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Your plans sound exciting! A ventless dryer is going to cost more to operate than a traditional vented dryer. Both types of dryers use a heat element to warm the air; but a ventless dryer must also use a condenser to remove moisture that would normally disperse through the vent. So, a ventless dryer must use electricity or gas to power both mechanical systems and will cost more to operate. Drying times are also a bit longer in a ventless dryer but more consistent in length than a vented system that varies depending upon outside humidity conditions.

Since you will be using the dryer so much through the day, I would suggest a commercial-use dryer. I have some suppliers listed on About Laundry, and there are others available.

If you do decide to use a vented dryer, the vent run should be less than 10 feet and have no more than 2 turns. A vent run that is longer is not energy efficient and a ventless dryer is recommended.

Good luck with your plans!

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