Your dryer probably sits next to your washer in the laundry room or in a closet, forgotten until you have wet clothes that need to be dried. It’s just one of those machines you expect to work when you need it to. However, it’s very important to maintain your dryer and the vent it uses to expel damp air to the outside. Otherwise, your dryer can become the equivalent of a bomb sitting in your home.
Over 2,900 fire incidents are caused by clogged dryer vents each year according to the National Fire Protection Association. Dryer vent fires can be blamed for around 320 injuries and 20 fatalities a year according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is clear evidence that a bunch of people neglect their dryers and assume everything is okay when really, their dryer vents are clogged with lint and just waiting to cause catastrophic fires. Do not let this be you!
The Importance of Dryer Duct and Vent Cleaning
Just because you clean your lint trap doesn’t mean that is enough. The trap is the first line of defense, and while it can capture a lot of lint, it doesn’t get everything. Plenty of lint gets past the trap and just builds up as the months and dryer loads go by. You get enough buildup, and you get a blockage, which not only presents a fire hazard, it makes life very hard for your dryer.
You Save Money, Energy, and Time
- When your dryer takes longer and longer to do its job, you’re seeing a clear sign that the dryer vent is clogged. The longer your dryer has to work, the more energy it consumes, and the higher your energy bill goes. A clogged dryer can push your energy bills up by 20 percent! Instead of slowly falling into this trap, spend the money to get your dryer vent cleaned. The resulting dryer efficiency will reimburse you in no time!
You Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- If you own a gas-powered dryer, it is absolutely essential for the exhaust to get outside! A dryer vent blockage will send the dangerous exhaust back inside, filling with carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in the room, you won’t even know when things are getting dangerous.
You Prevent Fires
- Lint is very flammable. When a bunch of it gets past the lint trap and builds up in the dryer vent, the dryer has to work harder. A hard-working dryer gets really hot and can ignite the lint. The resulting fire can cause property damage, injury, and even death.
Get Confidence in Your Dryer Vent
Here is the point we want to make in this blog: dryer vent cleaning isn’t some extravagant maintenance step. Our professional team can ensure that your dryer vent is clean clear and safe, allowing you to feel confident every time you start your dryer. You can also watch your energy bills to see them go down. Contact us for air duct cleaning in Palm Beach today!