When was the last time you thought about lint buildup in your dryer vent? Although scheduling a vent cleaning may not be top of mind, it’s a task you need to add to your to-do list. This guide explains three ways that removing the lint from your dryer vent can benefit your household in Estero, FL.
Improves Your Family’s Health
A clogged vent prevents your dryer from expelling dust and the lint that escapes the lint trap. That buildup traps moisture in the vent hose.
When that pent-up moisture combines with trapped dust and lint, it creates a coating in the vent hose that encourages the growth of biological contaminants. These harmful particles can escape the vent hose and spread into your home, decreasing your indoor air quality and causing problems for family members with allergies or asthma.
Increases Safety in Your Home
Whether you have a gas or electric dryer, a clogged vent creates at least one safety hazard in your home. If you have a gas dryer, that clogged vent creates two risks: home dryer fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
- An estimated 34% of home dryer fires result from failure to clean dryer lint traps and vents.
- The 2,900 home dryer fires reported annually in the United States result in five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in damage and property loss.
- The majority of home dryer fires occur in the fall and winter because sweaters, blankets, afghans and other items used in cooler weather produce more lint.
Most carbon monoxide poisoning also occurs in the fall and winter, when windows and doors stay closed. You may not realize that a gas dryer releases fumes through its vent hose. Carbon monoxide fumes from gas dryers become trapped by clogged vents and escape to build up in your home.
Saves You Money
A clogged dryer vent prevents your dryer from operating efficiently. As a result, the appliance exposes the drying items to longer cycles and excessive heat, which can damage the fabric. The dryer, newly dried items or the laundry room may feel hotter when the appliance has been running.
Don’t wait for an inefficient dryer to increase mechanical wear and tear, raise your utility bill or have a negative impact on the environment. If your dryer vent is causing any of the issues mentioned above, call us at Certified Heating and Cooling, Inc. to schedule an inspection and cleaning.
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