Why You Should Regularly Clean Your Dryer Vents
There are many reasons to clean your dryer vents regularly… and home safety is the most important.
Dryer fires are one of the leading causes of household fires. Dryer fires are typically caused when lint builds up in the dryer vent line and ignites. Cleaning your dryer vent line will reduce this potential hazard, and you’ll enjoy faster and more efficient drying times. It is recommended that you clean your dryer vent line annually. A clean vent increases airflow and allows the dryer to work more efficiently.
While cleaning the dryer’s lint screen between loads is always a good idea, that alone is not going to keep your entire vent line clean. If you start to notice that clothes are taking longer than normal to dry, if the top of your dryer is hot to the touch, or if your clothes are damp and smell moldy, these are all signs of a clogged dryer vent that needs immediate attention. A clogged dryer vent makes your dryer run longer to fully dry your laundry, which means until is it cleaned, you’re also using more energy and causing your utility bills to increase.