Ah, laundry, the dreaded chore that seems to be a permanent item on our to-do list. A home’s washer and dryer get more use than many other appliances, with the average family doing 8-10 loads per week! Cleaning your dryer vent may not be high on the priority list, but it is an essential part of caring for your home. When a dryer vent goes unmaintained, it unnecessarily exposes you and your family to potentially harmful conditions. Next time you’re cleaning out the lint trap, consider setting aside time to service your dryer to ensure it’s running efficiently.
We all understand the dangers associated with neglected lint traps, but many people may not know that those same risks are associated with unserviced dryer vents. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires each year with 80% of those being due to clogged dryer vents. Luckily, these fires are extremely preventable. Keeping dryer vents and lint traps clean not only prevents a house fire but also protects your family from carbon monoxide build-up in a clogged vent and harmful mold that has the potential to grow in the warm and damp environment within your vent.
With each load of laundry, lint, dust, and debris are filtered into the vents and taken out of the home. But what happens when air can’t move efficiently through your unit? When your dryer’s vent is clogged or blocked, your clothes will require a longer dry-time using more energy and causing your electric bill to increase. Ensuring that your machine is energy efficient not only saves your family money, it helps the environment by using up to 30% less energy!
It’s simple, a clean dryer vent means a longer life for your appliance. An overworked dryer will require a longer dry-time per load which has the potential to cut the life-span of your dryer in half! Clogged vents lead to considerable wear and tear to your machine causing malfunctions, such as the premature failure of your unit’s heating element, and the need for repairs.
A buildup of debris in your dryer vent can prevent the duct hood flap on the exterior of your home from opening and closing properly. A flap that is unable to close could act as an open invitation to birds and small rodents looking to escape harsh winter conditions. What better place for these creatures to hide than a nice, warm dryer vent? In addition to keeping your vents clean, investing in a ventilation cap or dryer vent guard will help prevent these animals from nesting and other debris from collecting in your vent while still allowing lint to escape.
With hot, moist air kept inside the dryer drum, it requires more time and heat to dry the clothes. This is hard on your dryer by causing it to overheat, exposing your clothes to higher temperatures and reducing the life of both. If your dryer and its contents are noticeably hot to the touch at the end of a cycle, this is a sign that the unit may not exhaust through the vent properly. The combination of prolonged dry cycles and high temperatures is hard on fabrics and can lead to warped garments and shrinkage.
Servicing your dryer vent once a year will ensure the longevity of your appliance, protect your home and save your family money while reducing energy conservation. If you’re unsure of how to access and clean your vent or want professional assistance, contact a cleaning specialist today!
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If you live within 20 miles of Marion County, there’s no need to call any other chimney provider! The team here at Chimney Solutions Indiana will be in our marked trucks and clean uniforms and at your door on time! We travel to Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Westfield, Geist, Eagle Creek, Noblesville and all throughout the Indianapolis, IN area. See a complete list of zip codes, cities, and towns that we serve in Marion County and beyond >>
We believe that education and ongoing training is important, which is why we continuously invest in ourselves and our team to deliver better service to you. We’re Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) – certified and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), so whenever advancements are made within the industry, we’re among the first to know about it. When you work with Chimney Solutions, you can expect the latest information and the most advanced services and techniques. We strive to exceed expectations on every job from a routine chimney sweep and chimney cleaning to a full chimney restoration.
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