4 Reasons To Clean Your Dryer Vent
You may clean the lint trap in your clothes dryer between every load. It is part of your regular routine, however, we need to take it one step further. Cleaning your lint trap is a great practice to maintain efficiency and maintain a safe clothes dryer.
While you do not need to clean your dryer vent as often, it should certainly be an annual consideration for safety.
1. Stay Safe
This is by far the most important reason to clean your dryer vent every year. Clothes dryers have a heat component that creates hot air. This air is exhausted through the vent that leads outside. Lint is extremely flammable, making this high temperature air dangerous.
The majority of house fires begin with the clothes dryer and a clogged dryer vent. With routine and annual maintenance, these house fires are extremely preventable. Let’s do our part to keep our communities safe and clean our dryer vents to prevent clogs!
2. Poor Drying Efficiency
When dryer vents become clogged with lint and debris, the efficiency is drastically reduced. The warm air can not adequately swirl through the clothes, often requiring more than 1 cycle. Many people will think their clothes dryer is broken, when in reality, it’s simply clogged.
When you have to run your clothes dryer through more than 1 cycle, your utility usage drastically increases. In the long run, you’ll be spending a lot more money to simply dry your clothes.
3. Increase Longevity of Dryer & Clothes
If you are running your clothes dryer through multiple cycles to dry your clothes, you can expect to spend more money on utilities. However, that is not the only downside to multiple cycles. The excessive cycles will ultimately put more strain on not only your clothes dryer, but your clothes themselves.
When you increase the efficiency of your clothes dryer through routine maintenance and dryer vent cleaning, your clothes and dryer will thank you!
4. Prevent Mold & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The exhaust fan in your dryer is responsible for pushing hot air and moisture outside. If you do not routinely clean your dryer vent, this moisture may start building up on the inside of your vent. In time, you may build up mold in your dryer vent.
If your dryer vent is clogged, it is possible for carbon monoxide to creep back into your home. The exhaust fan is meant to bring these fumes outdoors, however, if the vent is clogged, it has nowhere to go.
These are just a few of the important reasons to have your dryer vent cleaned. If you live in the Northern Delaware area or Southern Pennsylvania, reach out today so we can help! We can reduce the above mentioned risks for you with a deep cleaning of your dryer vent.