Washers and dryers are big, bulky, and often unattractive. Additionally, they tend to collect messiness from lint, spilled detergent, dirty clothes, etc. It’s tempting to exile them to a backroom or basement.
On the other hand, laundry is something that has to be done frequently, especially for those with larger families. You want to consider convenience.
Since everyone’s home and personal situation is different, we thought we’d put together a few points to consider when placing a laundry room in your home.
Be Mindful of Stairs
Basements have long been a popular spot for laundry rooms. After all, they’re out of sight, and they tend to be a little messy or unfinished already. However, placing a laundry room in the basement also means you have to use the stairs multiple times during everyone laundry session.
For those who are young and physically fit, this might not seem like a big issue, but it can become one. The longer you live in your home, the older you’ll become. With age comes an aversion to excess stair use. Additionally, you could end up getting injured at any time in your life, which suddenly makes stairs much more challenging.
That’s not to say basements are a terrible place for laundry machines. You simply need to weigh the pros and cons.
Consider Noise Levels
Do you have a smaller room near your main bedroom? You may consider placing a washer and dryer there. After all, your bedroom is where you keep your clothes. For many, it’s where they do the folding and sorting of laundry as well.
That certainly makes it convenient. But washers and dryers can get loud when they’re being used. If you have someone trying to sleep nearby, this noise can be very unpleasant. If you run laundry through the night, or there are people operating under different sleep schedules in your house, you may want to keep your laundry away from the bedrooms.
Keeping Noise and Appliances Together
One option that’s become more popular is placing a laundry room near a kitchen or mudroom. Both these areas tend to be noisier. Due to the heavy use they experience, they’re some of the most regularly cleaned places in your home as well, so you can easily clean up your laundry room at the same time.
If you’re able to, adding a slightly tucked away laundry station between your entryway and kitchen can be an almost perfection solution.
If you have a climate-controlled garage, that can work as well.
Ventilation is Key
Wherever you place your washer and dryer, it’s important that they’re properly installed and ventilated. Washing machines and dryers cause nearly 16,000 structure fires per year. The primary reasons behind these fires include poor installation, a lack of proper ventilation, lack of maintenance, and failure to clean.
Even if you have your laundry room properly setup and installed, it still needs regular maintenance and cleaning. A dirty dryer is an accident waiting to happen. For dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and beyond, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today.