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Are You Making Dryer Vent Cleaning A Regular Part Of Home Maintenance?

It’s hugely important to maintain and inspect your chimney, since a neglected or dirty chimney can result in increased fire risk. But there’s another appliance that needs regular care and cleaning in order to keep fire risk low: your clothes dryer. It’s just as important to maintain your dryer vent, because a clogged dryer vent can lead to house fires and a host of other problems.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that clothes dryers accounted for nearly 16,000 reported structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries each year (2002-2004). The culprit in most of those cases: excessive lint buildup and neglected maintenance.

Dryer vent cleaning

We don’t mean the lint trap inside your dryer – (though it is advisable to clean that out each and every time you run a load of laundry through it) – we’re talking about the dryer vent itself. The dryer vent leads from your dryer to the outside of your home, venting heat, gases, lint, and moisture. If not professionally cleaned out, lint can build up in your dryer vent, leading to problems that can cost you extra money and endanger your home and family.

Clogged Dryer Vents Can Cost Energy, Money — Even Lives

A clogged dryer vent will reduce the efficiency of your clothes dryer and leave you waiting on the dryer to effectively dry your clothes. This leads to wasted energy and wasted time, and can wear down your dryer as well. Plus, a clogged dryer vent will require greater heat to get the job done, which can cause the heating element to burnout prematurely or a fire to ignite.

Reasons to make dryer vent cleaning a priority in your home include:

  • Partially or fully clogged dryer vents don’t let air flow properly and dryer exhaust escape. Heat can build up in the vent, and the lint can then ignite, causing a fire in your home.
  • If you have a gas clothes dryer that isn’t properly venting due to lint buildup in your dryer vent, carbon monoxide could be coming into your home. This deadly and odorless gas is not to be taken lightly.
  • Your dryer simply won’t work right or efficiently if lint builds up in your dryer vent. If you’ve noticed that your dryer isn’t drying your clothes, or is taking far longer than it used to, it may not be your dryer’s problem — it could be that lint buildup is restricting air flow, and not allowing your dryer to perform. That means you’re wasting energy, and money (or you may end up replacing an appliance that truly doesn’t need replacing).

Professional Chimney sweep, inspection, repairEnjoy A Safer, More Efficient Home With A-1 Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dryer vent is functioning as it should, and that lint buildup isn’t putting your home and family in danger. If your dryer vent could use a good cleaning, let the Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (CDET) here at A-1 Chimney Specialist help! We specialize in thorough, effective, mess-free dryer vent cleanings so you can enjoy a safer, more efficient home. Call 931-967-3595 or fill out our online appointment request form to get started!

At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we want you to know more about us so you’ll be confident of our quality, dependable service. Give us a call today at 931.967.3595!