Yes, Dryer Vent Cleaning Matters!
Yes, Dryer Vent Cleaning Matters!
November Article for Salt Air HVAC
Every year, we are asked if dryer vent cleaning matters. Of course it matters! So let’s talk about what makes this dirty job a necessity in your home, and another great reason to call Salt Air Heating and Cooling.
Dryer vents work to push out the hot, damp air from inside of your dryer, so that your clothes can dry out properly from their recent washing. This forced air will collect anything loose and try to push it out of the dryer as well, and while we can find the occasional button, toy, or tube of melted chapstick in many dryer vents, every vent will have an accumulation of textile fibers and dirt that we all simply refer to as lint. As that lint accumulates around the walls of your dryer vent, it will slow down that flow of hot air out of your dryer, and may even block it altogether.
Save Your Money
That trapped moisture now stays inside your dryer longer, requiring more heat energy to evaporate it. In layman’s terms, it now takes longer to dry your clothes. And that impacts costs pretty quickly. If you add an hour of drying time to each load of clothes for the American home, you’ve doubled your energy costs! Doubled!!
Wear and Tear: Dryers and Clothes
And while we are talking about money, let’s go ahead and plan to pay for dryer repairs or even a new dryer! Clothes dryers aren’t meant to run at maximum heating capacity for hours on end, so excessive run times will dramatically shorten the lifespan of your dryer.
The heat that a dryer creates is… well, hot. Really hot. And while your clothes might not be drying because of lint buildup in your dryer vent, the dryer is still cranking out that heat. But our clothes are not designed to handle that kind of prolonged heating and tumbling. So while your dryer is creating more and more lint from your clothes, increasing the dryer vent problem, it’s also tearing your clothes up. Color fading, seam loosening, and stretching are all common issues associated with over-drying.
An Avoidable Fire Hazards
Without using too much drama, lint is just small particles of fiber, torn apart and then pressed backed together in your dryer vents. And lint is very flammable. Next time you’re building a fire, go clean your dryer’s lint trap and use it as a starter. While it is great for backyard bonfires, lint buildup is a major fire hazard for your home.
According to FEMA, over 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. And those calls result in an average of five deaths each year, over one hundred injuries, and more than $35 million in property loss and damages. The leading cause… clogged dryer vents.
Maintenance and Paying Attention
At Salt Air, we are committed to our clients and their safety and comfort. It’s a great feeling, knowing that your work directly increases people’s comfort throughout the year. But your safety is just as important to our team as your thermostat is! That’s why we offer a maintenance package that includes annual dryer vent cleanings. But if you are not on our maintenance plan, here are some clear signs that your dryer vent needs attention:
Clothes are too hot to handle after drying.
Your dryer smells like it’s burning something.
The dryer duct hood flap does not open.
You’ve never had it cleaned before!
Additionally, check your dryer drum out as well, especially if you own pets, as their hair can get caught up in the machine, as well as the lint that passes through.
We work with you in mind, have prompt response times, and affordable maintenance packages that are sure to protect you and your home throughout the year! So call Salt Air today to get that dryer vent cleaned out immediately! We cannot wait to help you.