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I know that you need to install the vent but if you can pick a different location it would be better for energy efficiency because of associated downdrafts that may occur. If you can locate the vent to go through a wall to the outside it would probably be better, If that is too big a project maybe consider an indoor venting system. If you wish to use the attic assure that you add a "draft trap" (see link) and assure you clean the dryer vent pipe at least 1/yr. http://plumbing.hardwarestore.com/51-600-dryer-vent-accessories/draft-blocker-inline-damper-602022.aspx

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