How often do you clean out your dryer vent? Did you even know your dryer vent requires regular cleaning? At Dust Doctors, we know many homeowners aren’t aware that routine dryer vent cleaning is essential—not only for their safety but also the efficiency and longevity of their appliance. If you’re not convinced routine dryer vent cleaning is critical, take a look at these three reasons we think you should change your mind:
Reduces Carbon Monoxide Emissions
If you own a gas dryer, are you aware that your appliance emits carbon monoxide? And, if your dryer vent becomes clogged with lint, that carbon monoxide can travel inside your home? While alarming, it’s true; so, for you and your family’s safety, routine dryer vent cleaning is absolutely essential.
If it’s been a while since your last dryer vent cleaning, or if you’ve never bothered with removing lint from the vent, it will also behoove you to have your home’s carbon monoxide levels tested. Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector in your laundry area to alert you to the presence of this potentially fatal gas.
Improves Dryer Efficiency
When your dryer’s vent is clogged with lint, the appliance must work harder than necessary to produce adequate warm air to dry your linens. Unfortunately, a dryer with a clogged vent must also operate far longer than normal to adequately dry your laundry, which means you’ll inevitably see an increase in your electric or gas bill, depending on the type of dryer you own.
To restore appliance efficiency and lower your energy costs, ideally, you should have professional dryer vent cleaning at 6-month intervals. When the vent is free from debris, air can flow freely through the system, which allows the appliance to work at maximal capacity, while utilizing far less energy.
Lowers the Risk of Fire
According to FEMA, each year, dryer fires are responsible for approximately $35 million in property damages and over 100 injuries. So, unless you’d like to join that statistic, keeping up with routine dryer vent cleaning is critical.
When you allow substantial lint to accumulate in your dryer vent, eventually, that lint begins making its way farther into the hose that directs air from your dryer toward the outdoors. The closer to your dryer the lint gets, the more likely it is to catch fire from the significant heat the appliance generates. Unfortunately, when you allow the lint to build over time, clearing it from within the hose can prove highly difficult, if not impossible, without the proper tools. At that point, the most effective lint removal method is to hire a professional dryer vent cleaning technician.
Dust Doctors: Your Source for Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
At Dust Doctors, it’s our job to maintain healthy indoor air quality for you and your family. That’s why we provide professional dryer vent cleaning and duct cleaning for homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Whether you’re looking to improve your indoor air quality or keep your home safe from dangerous fire hazards, our qualified, experienced team is here to help you do it. To learn more about our duct and dryer vent cleaning services, give our team a call at 651-319-9777 or message us on our contact page. For your convenience, you can also request your free service quote here.
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