Stop and think: When was the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned? Dryer vents are often overlooked when it comes to home maintenance. Dirty dryer vents pose risks for carbon dioxide and home fires, and they reduce the efficiency and lifespan of your dryer.
Fortunately, the company you rely on for chimney cleaning also can clean your dryer vents. A to Z Chimney Services proudly offers dryer vent cleaning services.
While your dryer’s lint screen does a fair job of catching the lint created by your clothes and linens, some of that lint makes it past the trap. That lint builds up on dryer vent walls. Eventually, the heat of your dryer can cause that lint to ignite, leading to a major fire hazard. Dryer vent fires are responsible for more than 15,000 home fires every year and 15 deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center. An estimated 80 percent of those fires were the result of dirty dryer vents.
Blocks in dryer vents also can trap gases in your home, putting your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Those clogs can be caused by lint, or they can be caused by outdoor plants blocking the dryer vent, or by animal nests or debris. A dryer vent cleaning will inspect your dryer vents at both ends ensure that it hasn’t been blocked.
Additionally, clogged dryer vents decrease the efficiency of your dryer. When your dryer can’t “breathe,” it takes loads of laundry longer to dry, costing you extra time and money. Clogged vents make your dryer work harder to dry each load of clothes, lower its lifespan.
Know when to have your dryer vents cleaned
To reduce the risk of a home fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, and to keep your dryer running efficiently, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your dryer vent cleaned at least once per year. You may need to have your dryer vents cleaned more frequently if you do a high amount of laundry each week.
There are some signs your dryer vent is in need of cleaning. Some of those signs include:
- Longer than normal drying times,
- Laundry feeling hot to the touch when the drying cycle ends,
- Your laundry room becoming warm when the dryer is running,
- A strong smell of dryer sheets,
- A burning smell when the dryer is running,
- An excess of lint building up in the dryer itself, and
- Lint debris around the dryer vent.
Your dryer vent cleaning
If you’re overdue for a dryer vent cleaning, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today! Our chimney technicians will use specialized brushes to clear lint from your vents, along with a strong vacuum to pull the lint from your home without making a mess. You can trust our technicians to dramatically lower your risk of a dryer vent fire.