It’s easy to assume a dirty dryer vent is just another long-neglected chore, but that assumption could very well put you and your home at risk. At Dust Doctors, we understand the consequences associated with a neglected dryer vent but we also know that many Twin Cities residents aren’t aware of those risks. Below, our team explains three reasons why routine dryer vent cleaning is essential.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Reduces Your Risk of a House Fire

Dryer fires are the number one cause of accidental house fires in the nation. According to FEMA, fires that initiate in household dryers are responsible for an estimated:

●        $35 million in annual property losses

●        100 injuries

●        5 deaths

Can you guess what the leading cause of dryer fires is? Failure to clean the machine. And keep in mind: Cleaning the machine includes cleaning the vent that directs hot air outdoors. If you’re not already practicing routine dryer vent cleaning, there’s no time like the present to start. However, if you don’t have the proper tools to thoroughly clean the length of the vent, it’s best to schedule a professional cleaning.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Helps Reduce Your Energy Bills

When your dryer vent is dirty, it cannot efficiently direct hot, moist air through the vent and outdoors. As a result, the machine becomes less efficient. As moist, warm air backs up inside the vent tube, it accumulates inside the dryer drum, continually exposing clothes and linens to excess moisture.

The more moisture that remains inside the drum, the longer it takes to dry its contents. And the longer the drying time, the higher your energy bills. Scheduling routine dryer vent cleaning will allow your machine to perform as efficiently as possible while helping to keep your monthly energy bills in check. 

Dryer Vent Cleaning Keeps Dangerous Gases Out of Your Home

If you have an electric dryer, you don’t need to worry about carbon monoxide buildup in your laundry. But if you own a gas dryer, carbon monoxide can reach dangerous levels inside your home if you fail to have your dryer vent cleaned regularly.

When your dryer vent is clogged with debris, it cannot efficiently funnel harmful gases out of the machine and outdoors. The gas then accumulates inside the venting tube, where it eventually travels back into the dryer and out into your home. If you own a gas dryer, it’s imperative that your schedule routine dryer vent cleaning to protect your health and safety.

Need to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning? Contact Dust Doctors

Whether it’s been too long since your last dryer vent cleaning or you’ve never had the apparatus cleaned, get in touch with our team at Dust Doctors. We specialize in a wide variety of services designed to improve your household energy efficiency and indoor air quality and we’ve proudly served the Twin Cities metro for over a decade. To learn more or request a free quote, call our Little Canada, MN office today at 651-319-9777 or contact us online. 

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