Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent Cleaning 101
Did you know that a dirty dryer vent can increase your energy bill and risk of fire? Dirty dryer vents are responsible for millions of dollars in wasted energy and thousands of house fires each year.
What is a dryer vent?
A dryer vent is a long, flexible hose that runs from the wall behind your dryer to the exterior of your home. When your dryer runs, it constantly exhausts moist air through this vent so that it can pull in and heat dry air. This airflow is the most important component of your dryers cycle.
How does a dryer vent get dirty?
While every dryer has a lint trap, lint still makes its way into the dryers exhaust, even in new dryers. This lint combines with the moist exhaust to create a sticky mixture that builds up inside the vent hose over time.
Whats wrong with a dirty vent?
As lint builds up inside the dryer vent, airflow from the dryer to the exterior of the home becomes restricted. Restricted airflow causes the dryer to get hotter than its designed to. An overheated dryer doesnt dry clothes faster- instead its components fail at a higher rate and are at risk of catching fire.
How common are these fires?
Many people go their entire lives without a dryer fire in their homes, but it does happen more often than many realize. According to FEMA, there are nearly 3,000 dryer fires each year in the United States. These fires cause more than $35 million in property damage each year and place home occupants in danger.
How is my energy bill affected?
Most dryers with a clogged vent cant dry a load of laundry in a single cycle. When you have to restart your dryer to finish drying a load, youre increasing your energy use. A clogged dryer vent can double a dryers energy use, costing you hundreds of dollars per year.
How do I keep my dryer vent clean?
There are two things you can do to keep your dryer at peak efficiency and safety.
First, eliminate the use of fabric softener sheets from your home. These sheets give off a residue during the dryer cycle that increases the buildup in your dryer vent. Second, have your dryer vent cleaned annually. This process takes little time and is inexpensive. In fact, dryer vent cleaning saves you enough in energy and maintenance costs to pay for itself.