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Keeping Your Dryer Vent Clean

Residential dryers are used between two to eight times per week on average.  In that time, they collect a lot of lint during the drying process. Some lint might find its way to the lint filter and collect in the dryer vent, leading to restricted airflow. Appliance manufacturers recommend that dryer vents are thoroughly cleaned once a year to prevent fire and other hazards to your health and property.  Dryer vent cleanings not only benefit your safety but can also make a world of difference for your utility efficiency and laundry routine.

Warning signs to look out for include:

  • Burning smell
  • Taking longer than usual to dry clothes
  • Visible lint or debris in the flexible dryer hose
  • Hot clothes after drying
  • Reduced dryer efficiency
  • Damp laundry after the dryer cycle
  • Extreme humidity or heat near the dryer
  • Abnormally high utility bills


Dryer Vent Cleaning Benefits

Energy Efficiency

Over time, dryer vents collect debris and dust. Leaving less room for exhaust to be expelled, straining the dryer vent because it must work harder than usual to remain operational. Consequently, the dryer uses more energy than usual to dry clothes. If you are looking into more energy savings, dryer vent cleaning is vital.

Reduce the Risk of Dryer Fires

Lint is a flammable substance.  So blocked or clogged dryer vents can increase the risk of house fires leading to property destruction, injury or even death. Professional dryer vent cleaning is an excellent way of reducing this risk. It is recommended to clean the dryer vent at least annually. A professional will remove the blockages and other build-ups, leaving nothing for sparks to catch and reducing the risks of dryer vent fires.

Extend Your Dryer’s Lifespan

Clogged dryer vents can add wear and rear to the appliance, increasing the frequency of repairs and chances of premature breakdown. The presence of lint and other obstructions within the vent can cause failure of some parts and reduce its lifespan. Regularly cleaning the dryer vent will extend your dryer’s lifespan and improve its efficiency, ensure that you regularly clean the dryer vent.

Avoid Mold Growth

A properly functioning dryer vent directs moisture from the dryer to the outside. When lint and other blockages clog dryer vents, moisture collects and dampens lint. That creates an ideal environment for organic growth, such as mold and algae.  So, it is very important to keep the duct and vent clear and clean.

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