Clean your Dryer Ducts!
February 18, 2015
Owning a house means constant maintenance. There is always something begging for your attention and sometimes it is easy for a small detail to be overlooked.
One potentially hazardous thing that can fall into this “easily overlooked” category is your dryer duct. No one actively thinks about the cleanliness of their dryer duct, but a clogged duct can cost you more in utilities or worse, cause a fire.
It is estimated that about 15,000 fires will be caused this year due to poorly maintained dryer ducts. This is a worst case scenario, but it is still a possibility when your ducts aren’t maintained. According to Dryer Vent Cleaner, these are some signs that you may need your dryer vent cleaned:
- It takes longer to dry your clothes each cycle.
- Lint is present on your clothes after drying.
- Your clothes are hotter and/or damper than usual after a drying cycle.
- Your laundry room is more humid or warmer while your dryer is running.
- The exterior of your dryer is unusually warm or hot during use (and after).
- No heat is present or being generated by the dryer even if there is air flow.
- There is an excessive amount of lint at the back of your dryer and around the duct.
- There is less lint on your lint trap.
These are easy signs to look for and can end up saving you both time and money. If your dryer duct is clean, your dryer will work better. If your dryer is working better, it will take less time to dry your clothes; it’s that simple.
So, how often should you have your dryer duct cleaned? Most services suggest having them cleaned about once a year to keep everything running smoothly. You can clean them yourself, but we suggest looking into a duct cleaning company. A thorough dryer duct cleaning can cost about $100. Having the professionals do it means that you know it’s being done right. If you are looking for a duct cleaning service in your area, check the NADCA site for listings of accredited businesses.
A little bit of vigilance can go a long way when it comes to saving some money. As a bonus, clean dryer ducts keep your family safer, too.
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