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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:18:54 AM
My husband and I disagree...
If you were to stick your hand in your dryer (hasn't been used for a few hours) would you feel cold, outside air? We live in MN and it is cold here! Barely zero degree temps for over a week.

If I stick my hand in our dryer, you feel an instant cold draft. I don't think it's sealed right or something. He doesn't want to do the work...you get the picture.

If you open your dryer right now (provided it hasn't been used in several hours) how is the air?


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Almost as cold as the outside airResults
Feels about indoor room temp
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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:19:44 AM
It is freezing in there because it vents to the outside!






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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:21:14 AM
I just tested it for you and mine is room temperature.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:24:00 AM
Ours is freezing cold because, as Ashley said, it vents to outside.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:25:59 AM
Mine vents to the outside as well but it's not even a little bit cold inside. I wonder why.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:26:01 AM
Mine's pretty cold because it vents outside. I don't think you can "seal" a dryer vent because venting is the whole idea. lol. But of course take my opinions with a grain of salt because I know nothing about dryers except that I have to keep my lint trap and vent thingy clear of lint.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:27:24 AM
Mine is very cool and I know that because it vents to the outside 10 feet away.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:33:34 AM
Room temp, it vents outside but the flaps are closed when the are not in use, so not really any cold air coming in.

We have ours through a basement window, was just installed last year, the window actually had the vent built in.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:58:17 AM
Mine is cold too, it is vented outside (right next to the dryer) and with the flaps closed. However, it is just barely in the teens this morning.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:59:49 AM
Mine is definitely cold after a few hours.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:02:23 AM

Mine vents to the outside as well but it's not even a little bit cold inside. I wonder why.


Might be time to clean the vent hose!

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:04:09 AM
vents thru the attic thru vents to the outdoors(i live in a basement home so what is my attic is at ground level)

i just got up and stuck my hand in the empty dryer

it's the same temperature as the air in the room

i'd be concerned if the air were cold...that, to me, says that cold air is entering my house

and it's about 20 degrees here

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:15:14 AM
Thanks for the responses so far ladies. I don't think we have the flap thing and we need one! We had a mouse in the house in November and I am betting he found his way in through the vent hose somehow. This is one of those things we were going to fix on the house when we moved in 13 years ago! I think this spring it will be taken care of!

Sorry I didn't set the poll up correctly.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:17:10 AM
Mine is cold inside. It vents outside -- the dryer is up against the outside wall, so it only goes about 2 feet. I keep the dryer door closed even when it's not in use and it's fine.

Honestly, my coffee cups are cold, too. They're in a cabinet that's against an outside wall.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:24:14 AM

Room temp, it vents outside but the flaps are closed when the are not in use, so not really any cold air coming in.


Ours vents to the outside just about 6 feet away, and I know the hose is clean because we recently cleaned it.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:26:03 AM
my hoses are clear too...as is the vent

the flaps just don't allow for air to enter

i think the vent flap is pretty inexpensive and you can probably but it on yourself

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:28:10 AM

i'd be concerned if the air were cold...that, to me, says that cold air is entering my house


I'd be more concerned if it were room temp. The flap is just that, a flap. It's not a sealed flap. Nor is it an insulated flap. There should be a difference in air temperature. If not, then your vent is not allowing free and clear air movement, probably due to years of build-up and is now a fire hazard.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:29:50 AM

I'd be more concerned if it were room temp. The flap is just that, a flap. It's not a sealed flap. Nor is it an insulated flap. There should be a difference in air temperature. If not, then your vent is not allowing free and clear air movement, probably due to years of build-up and is now a fire hazard.


I disagree. My dh cleans our vent regularly and has a proper fitting vent and there is no hot or cold air coming in from the outside.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:31:01 AM
Ours is cold also as it vents to the outside. The vent is directly below the kitchen window above my sink. When it's really cold the window fogs because of the steam coming out of the vent!


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:31:19 AM
Our dryer has a flap, as did the dryer at our old house, as does my parents' dryer, and my IL's dryer. All are cold inside in the winter.






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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:33:52 AM
It depends on wind direction. If a good wind from the northwest is howling , I can hear that dryer vent flapping - and the inside of my dryer is COLD!


We had a mouse in the house in November and I am betting he found his way in through the vent hose somehow.


If that is the case, your hose is not installed right, or there is a hole in it. There is no way it could go through the hose and dryer.

Mice can fit through the most amazingly small holes, slip in through an open door (open just for a minute while you are walking in) or catch a ride in on something.

We did have a kitten in our dryer vent once. The outside flap had gotten stuck open (under the little hood thing that attaches to the side of the house. I could hear a meowing in the basement where the dryer is - followed the sound to the dryer hose - and there it was. I took the vent hose off the wall and rescued the poor little thing. It was very happy to see me. Also fixed the flap! Some lint had wedged it open.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:34:46 AM
actually....my house is only three years old so there are no 'years' of build up

the vent hose was cleaned this summer when we changed dryers

maybe it's the fact that the air travels a bit to and from the dryer...maybe it's being heated by the furnace?

but don't assume fault with either my house or neglect because i have warm air and you have cold

i've done laundry in many homes...in many climates

and i can't recall ever reaching into an obviously cold dryer

gina

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:44:39 AM
this website sells a device to keep the cold air out

and the creative energy technology site says


“On conventional dryer vents, outside air enters your home through the exposed dryer vent, which means higher heating bills in winter and higher cooling bills in summer. You will be amazed at how much cold air coming through your dryer vent adds to your heating bill- and how hot, muggy summer air adds to air conditioning costs.



and it was pretty easy to google...many people complain and are then offered solutions (usually a change in the type of vent flap) to keep the cold air out

so from my two minutes searching...i think cold air is NOT the norm

gina

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:46:27 AM
To me it sounds like it is so normal that someone has invented a vent alternative to help with the cold.







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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:58:00 AM
Ours is cold - not freezing but definitely noticable.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:00:31 AM
Our dryer is room temperature. It vents outside and has a flap. It has always been room temperature, so it's not because the vent hose needs to be cleaned out.

You would think those of you that have really cold dryers would have condensation on your dryer, floor, and wall. Eventually causing mold.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:07:08 AM

actually....my house is only three years old so there are no 'years' of build up

the vent hose was cleaned this summer when we changed dryers


Same here. Our house is only two years old and I clean out the vent hose regularly. It's not cold. Maybe they put the energy saving flap on when they built it; we have a special energy something or other rating and had to pass a huge day long test to get it so that would be my guess.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:21:14 AM
Thanks so much everyone! I am going to purchase one of those vents posted here by Carol and Gina. I will make sure the shipping address is to my husband's name so he can open the package! He will be more than happy to install it once the temps are above 30 degrees.

We are still not real sure how the mouse got in, but my cat has been warned to pay better attention.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 11:21:16 AM

You would think those of you that have really cold dryers would have condensation on your dryer, floor, and wall. Eventually causing mold.
Why? It's cold inside the dryer, but it's quite dry. When the dryer is running, the hot, humid air is vented to the outside.

Never had a mold problem (especially in the winter -- it's so dry here.)

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Posted: 2/5/2013 11:24:52 AM

You would think those of you that have really cold dryers would have condensation on your dryer, floor, and wall. Eventually causing mold.
I have never had mold or condensation in our laundry room(s).






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Posted: 2/5/2013 1:12:23 PM
Maybe your vent hose is cracked or split or disconnected.
Ours split and it was cold in my dryer. As soon as we fixed it the dryer was no longer cooler than room temp


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Posted: 2/5/2013 2:24:34 PM
Ours is COLD!!! But I do know that one of the 4 flaps is missing from the dryer vent that is outside. I just hope a bird doesnt decide to build a nest there. lol

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Posted: 2/5/2013 2:28:09 PM
Forgot to add that when we lived in MN... my dryer was never cold.. but that was probably because the vent ran the entire length of the house... In our house now, the vent is very close to the dryer ~5ft so it makes sense that it is cold.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:39:25 PM
Mine is colder than the house but not as cold as outside. My vent cover has flaps on it so that helps but there is still going to be a small amount of air leakage from the outside coming in. Peas who have gas dryers may have a warmer temp inside them because of the pilot running.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:47:24 PM
cold - it vents right outside. The outside vent has a cover with louvers, but that doesn't really hold out any cold.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:41:41 PM
Ours is sometimes cold and sometimes not. I assume that's because sometimes our vent flaps lie closed and sometimes they don't.

To be honest, I have never cleaned out my dryer hose, though DH does clean the vent itself for those who do this regularly, do you just disconnect it and vacuum or buy one of those kits?


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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:54:12 PM
Thanks for the links to the one-way dryer vent items.
I have not been able to find anything similar locally, just the cheapest plastic flapped items.
It never occurred to me to look on Amazon.

I have squirrels, and a couple wood peckers that want inside the house, in any manner they can get in.

Thanks again!


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