Winter is almost over, and homeowners are using their clothes dryers for it’s practical function as well as to add warmth to cold days. Although this is a popular use of the appliance, it is unsafe and a waste of utilities and money. Your dryer is meant to last ten years according to manufacturers, but this life can be shortened when the unit is used improperly. The dryer is also meant to get the job done efficiently, and this is only possible when the unit is properly vented. Many homeowners don’t even know there are specific regulations for a safe dryer vent installation. The only way to know it is done properly and according to code is to hire a professional to install and service it.
Dangerous Dryer Vents
Your dryer vent is meant to get a job done safely and correctly, but like many systems in the home, it must be properly maintained as well as properly used. Cleaning the lint trap is important so that air is allowed to flow freely through the vent, but it still allows a small amount of microscopic lint particles into the ventilation system. These particles are packed tightly as they mingle with the moisture carried through the vent. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, the air will slow and high temperatures can ignite the lint in the tube.
Dryer Vent Fires
Once the lint in a dryer vent is ignited, it can burn quickly, leading to a house fire that can be both deadly and devastating. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are about 2,900 reported home clothes dryer fires each year. These fires account for $35 million in property loss, 100 injuries, and 5 deaths each year. Unfortunately, the leading cause for these fires is the failure to clean the system–a problem that is 100 percent preventable. You can have your dryer cleaned professionally to avoid dangerous buildup and devastating fires. A clean and well-maintained dryer vent will also save you money immediately.
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When your clothes dryer takes more than one cycle to get the job done, it’s using more energy than it should. Running two or three cycles will require two to three times the electricity or gas to dry the clothes. This not only costs you two to three times more than it should, but it will shorten the life of the dryer by two to three times as well. Instead of replacing your appliance every ten years, you might end up replacing it after three or five years.
Prevent your dryer vent from becoming a danger to your home or family by scheduling a dryer vent cleaning with a professional now.
New Buck Chimney Services cleans and services dryer vents to keep our customers safe. Call 318-674-2825 to schedule with Shreveport’s #1 choice for chimney and ventilation services.