Not only is a clean dryer vent an important factor in saving energy, it can also be a critical factor in protecting property and even lives. Read about the other reasons by it is important to get your dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis.
- Safety – Reduce Your Risk of Fire
Did you know that the lint in your dryer could catch on fire? Lint is a leading cause of combustion and accounts for 28% of all residential dryer fires, according to FEMA and the National Fire Incident Reporting System. The contributing case? Failure to the clean dryer vent.
According the NFPA: From 2010-2014, there were approximately 16,000 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines every year causing multiple death and $238 million in property damage.
The best way to reduce your risk? Even if you remove lint after every load, you still need to have the entire vent professionally cleaned to remove all potential fire-causing debris.
2. Faster Dryer Times
On average, it takes about 35-40 minutes to dry a full load of laundry. If the dryer vent is starting to clog, that time can quickly double, leading to higher utility bills.
Over time, dryer vents collect more and more dust and debris. As this dust and debris accumulates, it leaves less room through which exhausted air can travel. As a result, the dryer must work harder and harder in order to stay operational. A cleared dryer vent will allow exhausted air to travel freely, placing no undue strain upon the dryer itself and requiring no additional energy.
Not only is your clogged dryer vent costing more money, it take more of your time as well. Monitoring and checking in on your dryer constantly can quickly chew up time in your day.
3. Longer Dryer Life
A blocked dryer vent may cause your dryer to work harder causing it to wear down faster. This in turn can result in costly maintenance repairs or even replacement. As lint buildup causes your dryer to overheat, sensitive sensor can be damaged perhaps resulting in further damage.
In order for your dryer to run optimally, you should have your dryer vent cleaned at least once yearly. If you have a larger-than-average household (for example, more than 5 people), you might want to consider a cleaning every six to nine months.
4. Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Gas Dryers
If you use a gas dryer instead an electric one, you also run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from a clogged vent. Gas dryers produce carbon monoxide and if the airway to the outside is blocked, it could back up into the dryer and into your home. This is a dangerous situation for anyone living there. Please consider a carbon monoxide detector near your laundry room and have your dryer vent professionally cleaned as often as recommended.
5. Keep Out Unwanted Guests
Without a secure vent cover, unwanted rodents, wasps or other wildlife may find a cosy home in your uncleaned dryer vent. Keeping it clear of debris and making sure you have a good vent cover will help deter any unwanted guests.
6. Keep Your Warranty Going
Dryer manufacturers may require professional cleaning as a condition of their product warranty. At a minimum, most have recommended cleaning instructions which includes professional cleaning.
7. Mold & Allergens
The dryer vent is created to release hot air and moisture outside. As it travel, moisture can sometime pool inside the tube. When lint is also caught in this wet atmosphere, not only is it more difficult to clean out, but mold and other allergy inducing dust can start to be introduced back into your home. Should you breathe these particles in, you may develop a cough, a rash, congestion, or other symptoms.
8. Keep Your Clothing Looking Good Longer
A dryer may over heat when the vent is blocked. This can cause damage to your clothing, especially those sensitive to overheating. Also, a blocked vent will cause your cause to be in the dryer twice as long resulting in worn out clothing fibers. Heat will deteriorate the clothing’s fibers causing it to be stretched and look worn.
Why Choose Quag’s Dryer Vent Cleaning?
We are not only professional dryer vent cleaners but actually we are one of the few Connecticut Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
Who We Are
✔ Locally Owned
✔ Certified Technicians
✔ Highly Experienced
✔ Service all Over Connecticut
What We Do
✔ Assess the Dryer Vent Setup
✔ Clean Vent Thoroughly
✔ Routine Maintenance