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Do I need an air vent through the wall for a dryer

When fitting a dryer in my kitchen do need an air vent going from the dryer through the wall to the outside

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If it is a condenser dryer, then you need no vent at all, as the steam condenses back into water, which is collected in the m/c\so you can place it anywhere.
If however it is a normal dryer, then it is advisable to have it vented.
You do not have to have it vented through a wall if you don't want to, you can hang the hose through an open window or open door,so long as the steam gets out of the dryer.
Obviously it is better if you can go through a wall, then you don't have any pipe to see, but it is not imperative that you do so..Hope this helps you..
Plz rate my suggestions .
Thanks, and a merry xmas.

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