dryer vent cleaning

Don’t Neglect This One Household Item

Clothes drying, a routine chore for many, produces a substantial amount of lint. Too much lint can impact the efficiency and safety of your clothes dryer. That is why regular dryer vent cleaning is incredibly crucial.

The former should be done after each load. Unfortunately, the dryer vent is one of the most overlooked connections in a home, thereby creating a significant fire hazard. It also diminishes efficiency, resulting in clothes taking longer to dry and high energy bills.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 14,000 structure fires each year. The leading cause of these fires was the failure to clean.

Having your driver vent frequently inspected and cleaned can help prevent house fires and, thus, property damage and potential injuries. It would help if you also cleaned the lint trap before or after each load of laundry.

How Does a Dryer Vent Work?

You wash a laundry load and then immediately transport your wet clothes to the dryer; once you select the appropriate settings, ranging from low to high heat, the dryer functions by tumbling your clothes dry.

As the heat circulates around your clothing, the moisture and, consequently, the lint is drawn out and exits your home through the exhaust vent. A vent clogged with lint blocks this flow, and, with nowhere to escape, the heat can ignite the lint. 

A professional should complete dryer vent cleaning at least once a year. Larger households who do laundry more often than two to three times per week may want to consider having the exhaust vent inspected and cleaned more frequently.

Additional Tips for an Efficient & Safe Dryer

  • Avoid overloading your dryer.
  • Use the appliance’s moisture sensor.
  • Always use a lint filter when operating the dryer.
  • Replace fabric softener sheets/liquids with dryer balls.
  • Replace damaged, loose, or otherwise faulty hoses and connections.
  • Never run the dryer when you’re away from home or asleep.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Home Services North Carolina is a leading provider of air duct and dryer vent cleaning services. We use state-of-the-art tools to drive contaminants out of your air ducts and dryer vent to the equipment’s HEPA-filtered vacuum.

Our company’s additional services include mold remediation, crawl space encapsulation, and attic radiant barriers.

Home Services North Carolina proudly helps residents in Raleigh and the Triangle area create a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. For a complimentary five-point health home inspection, please call us at (919) 872-9088 to schedule an appointment.

Resources:
“Clothes Dryer Safety.” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
“Dryers and washing machine fires.” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
“How Does a Dryer Vent Work?” Hunker.

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