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Old January 01, 2018, 19:48   #1
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Severe Cold Weather Tip . . .

I just tried this and my feet are getting warmer and the heat is cycling less frequently:

Open your clothes dryer and feel the air flow coming out of the exhaust vent inside the tumbler-wall.

If it is severe, tape it over with painters tape and then close the dryer and tape the door shut to remind you that it is sealed.

(Don't forget to remove the tape before running the dryer and DON'T run it at all when it is severely cold outside - you are just wasting energy by cooling your house by sucking-in make-up air and throwing that money outside).

Stack effect . . .

It will save you a bunch of heating costs and keep your laundry room warmer so the pipes don't freeze too.

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Old January 01, 2018, 21:11   #2
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Why not just tape the vent outside?
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Old January 01, 2018, 21:15   #3
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Good idea! Thanks!
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Old January 01, 2018, 21:31   #4
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I taped my front door yesterday. Will check the dryer. Thanks.
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Old January 01, 2018, 22:02   #5
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31 here low 27. I can't get much further south except leave the country. I hate winter
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Old January 01, 2018, 22:28   #6
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Winter sux. Summer 4 ever.
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Old January 01, 2018, 23:01   #7
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They also make a 1 way valve to put inline where the vent pipe meets the wall. Works great.
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Old January 01, 2018, 23:05   #8
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https://www.lambro.net/product/4-dryer-vent-seal/

Cheap and work great. I put them on bathroom vents too.
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Old January 02, 2018, 01:10   #9
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In my experience those dryer vent dampers work well as long as you remember to clean them about once every two weeks in cold weather.

The condensation caused by warm moist dryer exhaust air causes small particles of lint to get trapped upon the damper vent which builds-up quickly and produces a mechanical blockage which holds the damper open.

Even if you have one of those dampers in place - go check your dryer as indicated in the OP.
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Old January 02, 2018, 06:07   #10
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Old January 02, 2018, 06:16   #11
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31 here low 27. I can't get much further south except leave the country. I hate winter
Currently on the Tex-Mex border near Laredo ... 27F and we got icecycles hanging off our logging trailer at the rig site. Water hose is froze up so we are using bottled water now. Yikes!
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Old January 02, 2018, 06:27   #12
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Been real cold here for the last week or so....like -5 to -10ish.
Only the MN guys can relate to that. ....AK too I spose....but for us it's kinda rare.
We block the dryer vent off outside in the winter and run it with and old nylon over the tube inside. It helps with heat and putting some moisture back into the air. Have to keep it cleaned out but it works well.
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Old January 02, 2018, 07:53   #13
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In my experience those dryer vent dampers work well as long as you remember to clean them about once every two weeks in cold weather.

The condensation caused by warm moist dryer exhaust air causes small particles of lint to get trapped upon the damper vent which builds-up quickly and produces a mechanical blockage which holds the damper open.

Even if you have one of those dampers in place - go check your dryer as indicated in the OP.
Your experience does not match mine. I have cleaned mine twice in ten years.
Its easy to tell when they don't seal up, especially in the -20's we have been having this week.

Maybe a different brand or something wrong with your installation?
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Hell, I'm in North Carolina (Charlotte) and it's only 11 degrees!!

WTF?!?!

Global warming, my ass!
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Hell, I'm in North Carolina (Charlotte) and it's only 11 degrees!!

WTF?!?!

Global warming, my ass!
Heat wave here in SW Kentucky,,,2*now,,,but its supost to climb to a sweltering 20* later..
High of 11* yesterday...
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Old January 02, 2018, 09:01   #16
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78* here in the Tucson area yesterday. Will be only mid 70s the rest of the week. Ahhh, winter!!! Dryer vents, meh.
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Old January 02, 2018, 09:06   #17
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78* here in the Tucson area yesterday. Will be only mid 70s the rest of the week. Ahhh, winter!!! Dryer vents, meh.

"0" here and i'm bitching....Wish i were there.
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Old January 02, 2018, 10:06   #18
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FN cold, nuf said.

I'm leaving my dryer vent and doors alone.
It's rarely heard of but the air inside a modern, sealed tighter than a frogs ass tight house is nasty. Various gasses, CO, CO2, cooking odors, pet odors if you have pets, cig smoke for you smokers, general people stink. There's no air movment, it's literally like living in a sealed plastic box. It's polluted and been said that the air inside the average sealed up home is more polluted than the outside air, by far.
Living critters like people need fresh air. So if my dryer vent leaks a little or sucks in some outside air from a crack somewhere when the dryer is running I call it a good thing. When I go outside in the winter and breathe in a nice long draw of crisp, clean air it feels and smells wonderful. Even if it does freeze the hairs in my nose.
If paying a Benjamin a year by allowing some fresh air in is going to kill me then I need to stop buying guns, sell everything, and pick up a different life style because I'm doing something very wrong.
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Old January 02, 2018, 16:04   #19
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FN cold, nuf said.

I'm leaving my dryer vent and doors alone.
It's rarely heard of but the air inside a modern, sealed tighter than a frogs ass tight house is nasty. Various gasses, CO, CO2, cooking odors, pet odors if you have pets, cig smoke for you smokers, general people stink. There's no air movment, it's literally like living in a sealed plastic box. It's polluted and been said that the air inside the average sealed up home is more polluted than the outside air, by far.
Living critters like people need fresh air. So if my dryer vent leaks a little or sucks in some outside air from a crack somewhere when the dryer is running I call it a good thing. When I go outside in the winter and breathe in a nice long draw of crisp, clean air it feels and smells wonderful. Even if it does freeze the hairs in my nose.
If paying a Benjamin a year by allowing some fresh air in is going to kill me then I need to stop buying guns, sell everything, and pick up a different life style because I'm doing something very wrong.
Pretty good point Troy!
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Old January 02, 2018, 19:07   #20
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Open an exterior door for a few minutes every now and then and you will dump the bad air and replace it with fresh air without reducing the temperature of the mass inside your home.

If you understand this, you are going to save energy and prevent pipes from freezing inside your walls - if you don't then you are on your own.

Additionally, if you have any bathroom or kitchen sinks located upon exterior walls you need to leave one cabinet door beneath the sink open to keep room heat available to the plumbing underneath to prevent freezing pipes in those locations.

I offer this info as a precautionary measure to be employed only during severely cold weather and not something to be done all the time.

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78* here in the Tucson area yesterday. Will be only mid 70s the rest of the week. Ahhh, winter!!! Dryer vents, meh.
Back to school from break today. Not sure what was amiss, but several classrooms stayed below 55* all day, and almost all were below 62.
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If you want to add some moist, warm air to your home when it's dry with lots of static in the winter, just get a long, flexible plastic dryer vent hose and run it into a pillowcase in your living room.

A friend used to do that every time he ran the dryer in the winter to keep the humidity level up in their house.

It really works.
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Keeping a house too tight will let the humidity rise due to the respiration of the occupants. I rented a house that was very tight. During the winter we would get condensation on the windows and walls in the bedroom and mold grew and migrated to the closets because of my wife and I sleeping with the door closed.

I can't see running a dryer vent into the living area. The perfume from the detergents in the washing powder is stinky and musty smelling. A gas dryer would open another can of worms. My laundry room is pretty much the same temp as the rest of the house though. The hotwater heater is located there.
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Keeping a house too tight will let the humidity rise due to the respiration of the occupants. I rented a house that was very tight. During the winter we would get condensation on the windows and walls in the bedroom and mold grew and migrated to the closets because of my wife and I sleeping with the door closed.

I can't see running a dryer vent into the living area. The perfume from the detergents in the washing powder is stinky and musty smelling. A gas dryer would open another can of worms.
It wasn't a gas dryer, and they used a wood stove, so the moisture wasn't too high to cause all of the condensation.
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Had a neighbor up in IL that had his drier vent line come apart and vent into the crawl space under his living/dining room, instead of outside.
This was in a split level and only those rooms were on a crawl space, the rest was 2 stories on a slab.
Adding all that moisture was bad news and the entire crawl space was covered with black mold when he finally found it....Foundation walls, floor joists, sub flooring, etc...MAJOR NIGHTMARE...
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