Dryer Vents often get neglected. Many homeowners believe that the only maintenance required is cleaning the lint screen after every load. Though cleaning the lint screen is necessary, there are other important tasks vital for homeowners. One of these tasks includes cleaning dryer vents. A dryer’s ventilation system should be cleaned at least once a year.
Protect your family
Statistics show dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires each year. More than seventy-five percent of those fires are due to clogged dryer vents. This dangerous situation could easily ignite with a dryer spark. Lint is highly flammable, and a fire started in the vent can quickly spread and get out of control.
In addition to clogged dryer vents being flammable, they can also block poisonous gases from leaving the home. Carbon Monoxide is a deadly, odourless and tasteless gas. A clogged dryer can release Carbon Monoxide, and instead of the fumes being able to flow through the vents away from the home, blockage will keep the noxious gas inside. Protect yourself and everyone inside your residence by cleaning the dryer vent yearly.
Cleaning your dryer vent can also protect your wallet. A clogged vent can cause the appliance to use up to 30% more energy while drying a load of clothes. The more hydro that is used; the higher your bills.
Prevent unwanted guests
Lint buildup in a dryer’s ventilation system can prevent the duct hood from closing properly. An open or ajar duct hood could provide access for birds and small rodents to enter your home. A lint buildup also makes a cozy spot for small critters to sleep during the winter.
Instead of allowing a clogged dryer vent create problems, contact a professional to get your dryer vent cleaned properly during the winter months. Cleaning a dryer vent may seem a simple task but it’s best done by the hands of professionals. Dr. Duct is happy to clean your vents and protect your home and wallet. Please give us a call at 613-845-0707.