The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer vent cleaning is an often-overlooked task when it comes to maintenance of the home. With laundry being done on a routine basis, it is imperative to clean dryer vents to avoid safety risks in the home. We recommend having your dryer vents cleaned every 2 years, but they should be cleaned more often depending on factors such as how frequently you run your dryer and if your dryer vent is longer than normal (which should be cleaned annually. Contact Air Duct Cleaning of New England for an inspection.
Neglecting your dryer vents can result in them becoming clogged with lint and debris, causing the dryer to overheat and leading to fires. Lint is highly flammable and can catch fire quite easily. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires caused annual averages of $238 million in direct property damage. Most fires (92%) involved clothes dryers and the leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber or lint. The primary cause of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean.
Signs you need your dryer vents cleaned
If you’ve noticed your clothes taking longer than usual to dry, it might be a sign that your dryer vents need some TLC. A clogged vent can restrict airflow, making your dryer work harder and take more time to do its job. Have you been finding that your laundry room feels warmer than usual when the dryer is on? That’s another indicator—it means the heat isn’t properly escaping due to a potential blockage.
Also, keep an eye out for a musty smell around the dryer area, as trapped moisture can create a breeding ground for unpleasant odors. Lastly, if you’ve never had your vents cleaned or it’s been a while, it’s a good idea to schedule a cleaning to prevent potential fire hazards and improve your dryer’s efficiency. Stay safe and keep that laundry flowing smoothly!