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I had to replace the exhaust hose (the one on the left) because the hot air from the previous season made it very brittle and it cracked when i took it off. Is this normal? Also, I replaced it with an aluminum hose (normally for laundry dryer) and it gets pretty hot. Is this okay?

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I insulate the (hot) hose so the heat -- for sure -- goes outside. Any heat that returns into the room defeats the work to get it out of the air in the first place.

Using a dryer hose is fine if air doesn't blow out of the seams. Considering that the unit may cost $300/season to operate (just for the electricity) you might want to be sure the hot air gets out. I wrapped a blanket around the hose.

If the sun is on a hose that is not made of UV-stabilized material, it may become brittle. Side note: venting out to the sunny side of a room hampers the efficiency of the unit. Avoid operating the unit with direct sun on it.

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