The Dryer Was Confusing My Thermostat

I was super excited to install my brand new washer and dryer into my brand new laundry room.

It wasn’t exactly a laundry “room,” but more of a small closet with a stackable washer and dryer and some built-in shelves to hold all my laundry supplies.

Some people may not get excited over a closet laundry room, but I was thrilled! Previously, the washer and dryer were in the cold, dark, basement. I had to carry all the clothes from the second floor, down two flights of stairs, and then carry it all back up when it was done. With two small kids, the laundry couldn’t be neglected, and it was a full workout trying to get it all done. This is why I was so excited to have it moved up to the second floor, where all the bedrooms were! About a week into using my new laundry “room,” I realized that something was off. During the evenings, it felt really cold upstairs, no matter what I set the thermostat to. The thermostat was saying it was 75 degrees, but it didn’t feel like that at all. I also noticed a lot of condensation building up on the door whenever I ran the dryer. I started leaving the door open while it ran, but it didn’t help much. When the HVAC professional came over to service our HVAC system, I asked him about the upstairs thermostat and why it wasn’t heating properly. Unfortunately, he told me that the dryer was causing so much humidity and heat, that it was confusing the thermostat. It assumed the upstairs was already heated when it wasn’t.

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