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What’s one simple home maintenance task that brings a host of benefits? Professional dryer vent cleaning! Many homeowners fail to have their dryer vents cleaned and inspected by a certified professional at least once per year, as recommended by fire prevention specialists, but this inexpensive service can have a big impact on your home!

Lower your risk of a fire.

The primary benefit of having your dryer vents cleaned and inspected annually is a reduced risk of a home fire. Dryer vents are responsible for an estimated 28 percent of all home fires. That’s because lint from your clothing builds up in your dryer vents, eventually restricting the air flow to and from the dryer. That causes the dryer’s heating element to overwork and overheat, which eventually results in a fire. Having your dryer vents cleaned can dramatically reduce your risk of a dryer-related home fire.

Spend less time doing laundry.

Do the clothes in your dryer seem to take forever to dry? Do you find yourself restarting your dryer over and over to get your clothes or linens completely dry? It’s very likely that clogged dryer vents are to blame. Any load of clothes should be completely dry in 30 to 45 minutes. If it takes longer than that, you’re dryer’s trying to tell you something. Cleaning your dryer can restore the efficiency of your dryer and reduce your dry time. That means you can get your laundry done faster.

Save money on your home energy bill.

Your clogged dryer vents could be costing you money on your home energy bills every month. Those additional cycles needed to fully dry your laundry, and the overworking of your dryer, requires energy. Having your dryer vents cleaned can significantly lower your home energy bills. Experts estimate that clogged dryer vents can cause as much as $18 to $24 in energy costs each month.

Preserve your clothing.

Running your clothing through multiple dryer cycles can cause it to look worn or faded prematurely. Clogged dryer vents also can negatively impact your clothes due to overheating; clothes in the dryer become hotter than they’re intended to, which can damage clothing fibers. Making sure your dryer is running properly can help your clothes to last longer.

Extend the life of your dryer.

As we’ve said, clogged dryer vents cause your dryer to work overtime. You have to run extra dryer cycles to get clothes completely dry, the dryer can’t get the air it needs to function efficiently and the heating element can overheat. All of these factors can shorten the life of your dryer. Having your dryer vents cleaned regularly can help extend your dryer’s lifespan.

Reduce carbon monoxide risks.

If you have a gas dryer, your dryer puts off carbon monoxide each time it’s on. When you’re dryer vents are cleaned and in good repair, the carbon monoxide safely exits your home. When vents are clogged, however, the carbon monoxide created by the dryer backs up into your home and can build to dangerous levels. Keep your dryer vents cleaned can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in your home.

If you’re ready to realize the benefits of dryer vent cleaning in your home, call A to Z to schedule your dryer vent cleaning today!