Why You Shouldn’t Neglect your Dryer Vents

Posted on 10/25/2019

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?

According to the US Fire Administration, 34% of residential fires are due to dirty dryer vents. Debris and highly flammable lint can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct, reducing airflow and backing up exhaust gases. Couple that with the hot temperature of the dryer and it makes for a very dangerous combination. 

There is also a chance that gases and carbon monoxide, that should be released outside through the dryer vent, could be getting backed up into your home through the clogged vent, causing an air quality risk for you and your family. 

While safety is priority number one, there are other benefits to having your dryer vents professionally cleaned. 

Shorter Drying Times
Do you feel like your clothes take forever to dry? This may be an indication that it's time to get your dryer vent cleaned. An abundance of lint in the vent creates a barrier that warm air has to fight through, so it can do its job. By clearing the vents of debris, you are clearing the way for the heat to come through quickly and efficiently. 
Lower Energy Bills
Getting your dryer vent cleaned is one way to keep more money in your pocket. By keeping the system clean, you are shortening drying times which in return uses less energy. Less energy means lower energy bills and more money in your pocket!

Fewer Repairs
We all want our appliances to work as efficiently as possible. When your system is being overworked, you’re adding considerable wear and tear to your appliance. By keeping the dryer vents clean you are saving yourself from pricey repairs or the need for a total replacement.

Hire a NADCA Member
Consider cleaning your dryer vent once per year. Keep your family safe from a potential fire hazard and lower your energy costs by hiring a trustworthy professional to clean your dryer vent. To get the job done right, hire a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). NADCA members have advanced training and knowledge about proper cleaning methods. They also follow a higher standard in cleaning and customer service - which is always a win for homeowners. Use NADCA’s Find a Professional Directory to locate a reputable air duct cleaning company in your area.