Do's & Don'ts of Dryer Vents

  • By Admin
  • 25 Jan, 2017
duct tape on dryer machine
Who doesn’t like the convenience a dryer provides for us, but did you know it’s the second highest electric exhaustion appliance in your home? There are many people that have the wrong information about dryer vents and their exhaust. But one thing is for sure dryer vents need to be cleaned out at least once a year. They can cause a fire if they are not cleaned due to blockage of airflow caused by accumulated lint.  If you have information about dryer’s vents, talk to your neighbors and community about the safety of dryer vents and how important it is to prevent a fire hazard.

Do's

  • It’s always best to have your dryer vents installed by a professional
  • Always make sure the right outlet is connected to your dryer and make sure its connected correctly
  • Clean out the exhaust duct every two years before lint accumulates and restricts airflow. It will cause longer drying cycles and can cause a fire hazard.
  • Always remember to clean out the lint trap in the dryer before and after every load. This will help reduce the risk of a fire hazard. According to The US consumer product safety commission, clothes dryer vents can accumulate lint causing more than 15,000 house fires every year.
  • Discard dryer sheets and fabric softener. Fabric softener and dryer sheets collect a waxy coating on the screen lint and can prevent air from circulating properly.
  • Use dryer balls, tennis balls or wool balls which will help speed up drying time. They also work great for soaking in water from big items such as bath towels and blankets.

Don'ts

  • Wool sweaters should never be put inside a dryer, the dryer might break down the wool fibers and shrink your sweater
  • Silk should not be put inside a dryer because it will cause the material to lose its texture and damage it
  • Bras should also not be put to dry in a dryer because they will deform and tear out, underwear will lose its elasticity, its best to hand wash and be hanged to dry.
  • Do not use duct tape to connect venting materials because overtime it can cause gaps in the joints of the event.

Remember to have your dryer vents cleaned at least once a year. If you use your dryer frequently you should also have it cleaned frequently as well. It is a fire hazard that can be prevented.

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It is always good to develop a routinely checkup for your dryer vent. Most people are unaware of dangerous hazards that a dryer vent can cause to your family and your home. There are visible signs unless you opt to ignore them, when your dryer duct needs cleaning….

Generally, the first sign that your dryer vent needs cleaning is when after the cycle has finished, your clothes feel humid and damp, which will require you to let them run another cycle. Most of the time it has nothing to do with needing to purchase a new dryer. Your dryer is telling you that it’s time to clean out the vent ducts. Also, by cleaning them you will be saving on your electric bill, because if you haven’t noticed by now, your bill has increased due to having to run double dryer cycles because your clothes are not drying properly.

By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
Who doesn’t like the convenience a dryer provides for us, but did you know it’s the second highest electric exhaustion appliance in your home? There are many people that have the wrong information about dryer vents and their exhaust. But one thing is for sure dryer vents need to be cleaned out at least once a year. They can cause a fire if they are not cleaned due to blockage of airflow caused by accumulated lint.  If you have information about dryer’s vents, talk to your neighbors and community about the safety of dryer vents and how important it is to prevent a fire hazard.
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One of the simplest ways of keeping your dryer running efficiently is to clean out the lint trap, screen or vent.

After some time lint will begin to build up in these areas and will restrict air from flowing through which will cause your dryer to decrease in efficiency. Your clothes will take longer to dry and in turn use up more energy in the process.
By Admin 14 Jan, 2017

Reports that were conducted just recently show that the average cost for dryer vent cleaning and inspection was approximately $130, the lowest cost was $80, and the highest cost was close to $250.

Did you know that cleaning your dryer vents can help airflow and increase energy efficiency? According to protection agencies duct and dryer vent cleaning improves air quality and maximize energy productivity. Even though the cost to have your dryer vents cleaned might seem a bit pricey, the benefits are well worth it.

By Admin 14 Jan, 2017

Not taking proper care of your dryer vent can cause several problems and hazards to your home and can even affect your health. Some of these issues include longer dryer cycle taking longer than usual or clothes being damaged due to higher temperature of the dryer. It can also increase your utility bill since the dryer is one of the most energy sweeping appliances in your home.

Another sign of poor dryer upkeep is when your dryer cycles are not accurate and result in cycles leaving your clothes damp or overly dry. One of the most important reasons to keep your dryer vent clean is there serous fire hazard it can represent when it’s not properly maintained. Poor dryer upkeep statistics have proven is one of the leading causes of fires.

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  • Seal any possible entryway
  • Place screens over chimney vents
  • Store food properly
  • Get rid of waste appropriately
  • Keep your house clean and tidy

 

On cold days, such as these, there is nothing that will make you feel better than putting on your favorite sweater or grabbing your cozy warm blanket fresh out of the dryer while it’s still nice and warm. Unfortunately, rodents and pests enjoy the warmth that your dryer brings just as you do. For these critters, a dryer vent is the perfect place to wait out the cold weather and keep warm.

All homes that have a dryer vent inside have a vent on the outside to release the heat. If the outside vent is worn out, damaged or is collapsing, pests and critters can easily get inside. Once they have entered, they will chew their way into the tubbing that connects to the dryer and soon they will be inside your home.
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