Want To Boost Safety & Energy Efficiency? Have Your Dryer Vents Professionally Cleaned!
Did you know that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) estimates that around 16,000 home fires are caused annually by a clogged dryer vent? That’s 16,000 reasons to have your dryer vent cleaned and inspected!
Keeping up with professional dryer vent cleanings helps to prevent these damaging fires, but a reduction in fire risk isn’t the only reason to invest in dryer vent cleaning. Here are some other reasons to have your dryer vents cleaned…
Dryer Vents - Before
Dryer Vents - After
Not many people actually enjoy doing laundry, but it’s a part of life. Of course, that doesn’t mean you want (or need) to spend hours waiting around for your clothes to finally dry. A quality, clean dryer vent will allow the clothes dryer to work efficiently and to dry your clothes faster, using less heat. One cycle is really all it should take, so if your clothes are still damp or wet at the end of a cycle, there’s a problem.
When the lint starts to accumulate and reduce air flow, you’ll notice that your clothes take longer to dry, the dryer is very hot at the end of a cycle, and there’s a damp or burning smell in your laundry room after the dryer’s been running. Lint blockages or other obstructions (like a bird nest, for example) can limit the amount of air your clothes dryer receives and make it less efficient and effective. These blockages can also lead to carbon monoxide backflow into your home.
By keeping the vents clean and clear, you can actually achieve the following:
- prolong the service life of your clothes dryer
- prolong the life of your clothes themselves
- save time on laundry day
- enjoy energy savings and money savings because of shorter and fewer dry cycles
Do Dryer Vents Needs To Be Cleaned Every Year?
So now you’re sold on having your dryer vents cleaned because you’re all about saving time, money, and energy and reducing fire and carbon monoxide risk. But just how often should you have your dryer vents cleaned? That will depend largely on use and the distance that your vents travel to the outside.
- If you have a large family and do a hefty amount of laundry each month, you will need to have your dryer vents cleaned more frequently than a single person household.
- The longer the lint has to travel and the more twists, turns, bends, and inclines in the vents, the more places that lint will have to settle and accumulate. If your clothes dryer was installed right up against an exterior wall and the vent only has to travel a few feet to the outside, you probably won’t need cleanings as often as someone whose dryer is installed in a closet or master suite.
Regardless of the length or path your dryer vent travels, the CSIA’s Executive Director, Greg Williamson, urges all homeowners to schedule an inspection each and every year. The CSIA recommends that CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Duct Technicians perform dryer vent inspections. These technicians have been formally tested in the proper inspection and maintenance of dryer vents by the CSIA.
We Have The Experience & Tools To Ensure A Mess-Free, Thorough Cleaning & Inspection
Are you ready to schedule your dryer vent cleaning and inspection? Call Sweeps & Ladders Chimney Service! We’re trained, certified, and experienced in cleaning dryer vents of all lengths and sizes, and we have the tools and powerful vacuums needed to contain any loosened lint and keep your home and property mess-free. Call 615-791-7457 or fill out our online schedule request form today!