DRYER VENT CLEANING
Most people don’t realize that it’s necessary to keep a clean dryer vent. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual of 15,500 fires every year. Clogged dryer vents represent a danger to your home and family. In most cases, clogged vents that are not adequately maintained cause many fires. One of the indicators of clogged dryer vents is if your clothes are still damp after a full dry cycle. Cleaning your dryer vent helps reduce your energy bills and improves the longevity of your dryer.
When a dryer cannot ventilate properly, it will negatively affect your home’s energy efficiency, the integrity of your clothing, and the operation of the dryer itself. A clogged dryer vent can affect the levels of heat the dryer uses to dry clothes. If clothing is subjected to extreme heat, your clothes, especially your delicates, can be ruined by the higher temperature. Additionally, if the mechanisms of your dryer are subjected to high heat over a prolonged period of time, those mechanisms could fail long before your dryer has reached the end of its service life. By ensuring that your dryer vents remain clear, you safeguard your clothing from damaging high heat and keep your dryer working as it should.
WHY DO DRYER FIRES OCCUR?
Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air; cause excessive build-up and can result in a fire in dryers and where they are located. The combination of reduced airflow from lint accumulation creates a perfect environment for fires to start. Lint is highly combustible and is the main culprit in dryer fires. Clogged dryer vents and combustible lint is a dangerous fire hazard that needs immediate attention.