What’s all the fuss about cleaning dryer vents? Well, my Charlotte area neighbor, it’s all about safety and energy efficiency.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Helps Prevent Fires
Dryer fires occur at a rate of about 2,900 a year as outlined in this document on the FEMA website. Futher the report states:
- Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings
- Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
Dryers are no doubt an indispensable appliance in the modern day home, but making sure they are installed and maintained correctly is important to their safe use.
Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning
The following signs are often indicate it is time to clean your dryer vent:
- The dryer is producing heat but the drying cycle takes longer than usual
- Clothes are still damp after a drying cycle is finished
- Clothes are hotter than usual after the cycle is finished
- The outdoor vent flap does not open while the dryer is in operation
Cleaning Dryer Vent Improves Energy Efficiency
When your dryer doesn’t have to struggle to force air through a clogged vent line, then the appliance will work more efficiently.
Request a Free Quote
If you have noticed any of the warning signs above or if you don’t know the last time your dryer vent was cleaned contact us. CLT Quality Air Duct Cleaning would be happy to provide a no obligation free quote for cleaning your dryer vents. Our technicians are standing by.