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Why it is Important to Keep Your Dryer Vents Clean

Advice from Your Professional Chimney and Fireplace Company 

Its very likely you have a clothes dryer in your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the false impression that cleaning out the lint trapped in your dryer is enough to keep your home and family safe. While emptying out your dryer filter before and after each load of laundry is important, it is also essential that you have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year to ensure that you are protected against the risks associated with blocked dryer vents. 

For professional dryer vent cleaning, our team of experts is here for you. Our goal is to provide our valued customers with affordable dryer vent services that will keep your unit clean and operating safely. 

4 Benefits of Cleaning Your Dryer Vent

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Just because you may not be able to see what’s building up in your dryer vent on a daily basis, it doesn’t mean that the dangers aren’t present. Here are 4 reasons why cleaning the dryer vent is so important:  

  1. Prevent House Fires: Dryer lint is an extremely flammable material. Unfortunately, more than 15,000 house fires across the country occur every year as a result of a clogged dryer vent. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to ensure that your home does not catch fire is to remove the build-up of lint particles on the inside of your vent.
  2. Eliminates Dangerous Fumes: Along with increasing your chances of a house fire, blocked dryer vents can also release toxic fumes back into your home. A build-up of lint can prevent harmful carbon monoxide gases from safely exiting your home and may pose a serious risk to the health and well-being of you and your family.
  3. Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly: If your dryer has to work harder to dry your clothes due to a clogged vent, your energy consumption is likely to increase by up to 30%. Not only will this have a significant impact on your wallet but also on the environment. Over time, hiring professionals to maintain your dryer vent will cost you less and help you avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  4. Stops Animal Nesting: When lint build-up becomes too large, your duct hood flap may not open and close the way it’s intended to. If the flap remains open, birds and rodents can find their way into your home. During the cold winter season, these animals will happily nest in your warm dryer vent and move their way further into your home as time goes on. Luckily, you can prevent animal nesting by professionally cleaning your vent every year and investing in a dryer vent guard or ventilation cap.  

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