Covering dryer vent tubes

Is it a good idea to cover up dryer vent tubes with 1 by material? Or doing so will cause a problem?
q dryer vents, appliances, hvac, laundry rooms
  9 answers
  • Susan McMahan Susan McMahan on Feb 14, 2015
    No, you do not want to cover dryer vents at all.
  • Pat Helmer Pat Helmer on Feb 15, 2015
    The vents let the heat and moisture out. In a gas dryer it lets the fumes out. It also lets lint that has gone through the filter out. If that stays in it can overheat and start a fire.
  • Is there a louvered cover over the exterior part of the vent hose? That should be all you need to allow heat and moisture out when the dryer is on and prevent cold air and critters from getting in when it isn't.
  • Kathy DeWispelare Kathy DeWispelare on Feb 15, 2015
    No no no--never cover up the vent with anything that does not let the air out. Your dryer will not work well and your house may burn down!
  • Rebecca L Rebecca L on Feb 15, 2015
    NOO - and clean the dryer lint trap after every load
  • Bryan D Bryan D on Feb 15, 2015
    i was more meaning the vent tube
  • Cheryl HD Cheryl HD on Feb 18, 2015
    Many houses now have the dryer vent running thru the walls, so I can't imagine it is a problem to hide them in a laundry room. Just make sure they're accessible in case you need to repair or replace them maybe? Are you covering them just for 'looks'? Or to insulate?
  • Katrina Warren Katrina Warren on Feb 18, 2015
    Covering the tube shouldn't cause a problem, just keep the vent opening on the exterior open. I've never seen a tube that ran up the wall & through cabinet shelves like that, I would want to disguise it some way too! :)
  • Bryan D Bryan D on Feb 18, 2015
    yeah just for looks and to keep storage items away from the heat and what what not