If you’ve run out of space in your laundry room or garage and need a place to put your tumble dryer, You might be wondering can I put a tumble dryer in a bedroom? Will it cause any issues, and if so, what kind of issues can I expect?
Can I Put a Tumble Dryer in a Bedroom?
Yes, you can put a tumble dryer in a bedroom but there are some prerequisites you will need to attain before doing so, Such as ventilation, Proper outlet hookups, and adequate space.
Ventilation is an important factor when deciding if a bedroom installation is appropriate
Most tumble dryers are either made to be free-standing units or under-the-counter units. Both of these require good ventilation. If you plan on putting yours in a bedroom, that will require adding an additional vent to the exterior of your house.
Lack of adequate ventilation will cause issues
If you don’t have good enough ventilation for your tumble dryer, you’re going to run into two major problems.
The first is that your dryer will not be able to circulate the moist, hot air it generates enough to escape through the exhaust pipe. This leads directly to the second issue of having excessively moist air in an enclosed space.
This moist air will increase the humidity in the room which can lead to mold issues and water damage.
The room itself may also become unbearably hot – which is undesirable for a bedroom.
All these problems can easily be fixed or avoided in the first place by installing or making sure you have adequate ventilation duck installed.
Most bedrooms in America do not have a 240-volt circuit outlet installed. So before you dive into adding one, be sure that it is absolutely necessary. It will probably take an electrician to do this work for you so factor in labor costs as well as material costs.
Normally installing these outlets isn’t overly expensive, but for a single outlet, it can tack on an additional $300-$500.
Never run your dryer on an extension cord
It should go without saying but never make a habit out of running your tumble dryer on an extension cord. While it may seem like a good way to get around outlet installation costs, you could run into problems with build quality and safety.
Most extension cords are not built for such loads and in America, they also lack fuses or breakers. For the sake of your wallet, your home’s electrical system, and your own health and safety – do not run a dryer on an extension cord.
If you have enough space to put your tumble dryer in an adjacent bedroom, you can definitely move it into that room instead of the laundry room.
This will definitely help to avoid taking up precious floor space but keep in mind that you will still need to have a few feet of open space around the machine for proper ventilation.
Also, remember that a vent is going to need a clear line of sight from your dryer’s exterior exhaust duct to the exterior wall or roof of your home.
Think about whether or not your bedroom can provide this line of sight.
Heat will be an issue
No matter how much ventilation you have in your bedroom, there’s no getting around the fact that heat will be an issue. Hot bedrooms can be uncomfortable.
Tumble dryers are notorious for generating a lot of hot air – which means they can raise the temperature in your bedroom by 10 or even 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially true if you have poor ventilation.
One solution to this problem is to install a window exhaust fan to help remove that excess heat.
You should also install a dehumidifier if you plan on running your dryer frequently. Even with proper ventilation, if the walls of the bedroom are very hot or very cold compared to the heat coming off the dryer, Condensation is inevitable.
Too much condensation can become a mold issue. A dehumidifier will remove some excess moisture and keep the room at a more comfortable temperature.
If you find that your dryer is running into issues with excessive heat or humidity, consider moving it back to the laundry room where it is cooler and there’s better ventilation already in place or consider a different placement.