To Clean Or Not To Clean: The Truth About Dryer Vents

Do you really need to have your dryer vent professionally cleaned? According to FEMA, dryer vents are the cause of around 2,900 house fires each year, resulting in an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The failure to properly clean the vents was the leading contributing factor in these fires. Duct Cleaning offers both residential dryer vent cleaning and commercial dryer vent cleaning, which provide many benefits besides preventing fires. Let’s discuss why it is a wise idea for you to invest in professional dryer vent cleaning on a regular basis.

Why Do Dryer Vents Cause Fires?

Dryer fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint blocks the flow of air, causing excessive heat buildup, and can result in a fire. Cleaning out your lint trap after each dry cycle is important, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Atlantic Duct Cleaning recommends scheduling a cleaning of the dryer vent and exhaust duct on a regular basis as a preventive measure. 

Increase Efficiency and Extend Dryer Life

When you eliminate the buildup in the vent, your dryer won’t have to work as hard. Increasing your dryer’s efficiency will use less energy while operating, saving you both time and money. Conversely, a dryer vent that is clogged with lint will cause your dryer to work harder, resulting in a shorter life span. A properly maintained dryer vent helps to achieve maximum performance and can extend the life of your dryer.

Improve Air Quality with a Vent Cleaning

A cleaned and properly installed dryer vent is critical to ensuring that water is fully eliminated from the clothes, and expelled outdoors, during the drying cycle. If your dryer vent has a lot of buildup, moisture can condense into pools of water in the dryer vent, resulting in conditions where bacteria can grow. A professional dryer vent cleaning helps make the air in your home healthy to breathe.

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