Solving the Washing Drying Condensation Problem
I'm doing a refurb on a small semi.
Downstairs there is a living room at the back, with a door to a previous 10'x6' kitchen built on as a single story extension behind the living room. Access to the back garden from the former kitchen is via a further lobby (ie two doors to the outside from the existing kitchen so it can be kept draught-free).
The plan is to turn the living room into a kitchen diner, and the old kitchen into a utility area.
I want to persuade T to dry washing in the utility to prevent any condensation issues as far as possible in the house.
I'm wondering about providing a mini-drying room facility as part of the utility:
a - Provide sites for a washer (ie plumbing) and tumble dryer (ie pre-installed through the wall vent ready to accept the vent pipe from a tumble dryer should T have one) in the utility room.
b - Fitting a big bathroom-like towel-rail radiator in the utility (currently 1100x600mm is half-price at Screwfix) to encourage T to dry/air washing on it, with a Thermostatic Valve for easy control by T.
c - Standing space for a drying rack near the radiator, or maybe something not unlike a traditional airing cupboard.
d - A heat recovery fan in the utility, with an always-on trickle setting, and ideally a humidistat for the boost. The always-on will also provide some perma-ventilation for the house.
I make the extra cost a couple of hundred only plus a little carpentry, and with appropriate education and reinforcement in the Agreement (no clothing on radiators, no unvented tumble dryer etc) it should work.
I'd welcome any comments.
The washer location is not particularly important, as that does not generate condensation itself, and may well live under the sink in the kitchen if T does not install a dishwasher in the hole I always leave under the drainer.
The only fly I can see in the ointment would be a washer dryer which didn't use a condensing dryer mechanism, but I think those don't exist.
Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.