Basic laundry 101 says to clean the lint trap every time you use the dryer. While this is good pract...
Basic laundry 101 says to clean the lint trap every time you use the dryer. While this is good practice to help your system work more efficiently and prevent safety hazards, sometimes it’s simply not enough. The dryer vent, the tube that runs from your dryer to the outside of your house, helps remove hot air and moisture. But did you know that it also needs to be cleaned out annually?
Neglecting to clean your dryer vents can lead to a range of problems and potential hazards, including:
Fire Hazards: Accumulation of lint and debris inside the dryer vent can cause the dryer to overheat, leading to a fire hazard. In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, dryer fires are responsible for approximately 2,900 home fires each year.
Reduced Efficiency: Clogged dryer vents can cause your dryer to work harder, which can increase your energy bills and shorten the lifespan of your dryer. Cleaning your dryer vents regularly can improve the efficiency of your dryer and save you money on your energy bills.
Mold Growth: Moisture buildup in clogged dryer vents can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can cause health problems for those with respiratory issues.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Gas dryers that are not properly ventilated can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide gas, which can be lethal.
In summary, neglecting to clean your dryer vents can lead to serious safety hazards and health problems. It is important to have your dryer vents cleaned regularly by a professional to ensure optimal safety and efficiency of your dryer.