Have you cleaned your dryer vents lately? Well, if you can’t remember, you should put on your to do list soon.
Having your dryer vent cleaned will help to prevent fires and save you on energy costs, learn how to keep electricity bills low.
Clean dryer vents help keep your home safe
Dryer needs vent heat to the outside of the house properly.
Excess of lint can block the exhaust vents and without the proper flow of air, the appliance is forced to work extra hard in higher temperatures, which can result in an accident fire since textile lint is very flammable.
US Fire Administration reports each year 2900 dryer fires; cleaning your dryer vent keeps your home safe.
A Clean Dryer Vent = Energy Savings
Longer drying timer translates into high electricity bills.
As we mentioned, if there is an obstruction in your dryer vent, the appliance can be forced to work extra hard, producing long dryer times and consuming more energy.
Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances in your home. The longer it runs the more money will cost you.
Signals that your dryer is in need of an inspection
Longer drying times.
Top surface of dryer is hot to the touch.
Lint inside of the dryer door.
Also, check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating, you should see exhaust air escaping, if not the duct may be partially or entirely blocked.
How to keep your dryer operating efficiently
Now that you know why cleaning your dryer vent is so important, follow our advice to keep it operating efficiently.
- Cleaning out the lint filter each load and wash it with soap and warm water periodically to eliminate residues of detergent.
- If you do large amounts of laundry, dryer vents should be inspected very 6 months.
- Turn the dryer off when leaving home.
- Make sure to clean your dryer vents once a year to remove lint build-up.