When was the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned? If your answer is never or you aren’t even sure what dryer vents are, then this blog is for you. Without regular cleaning, your dryer vents can turn into one of the biggest safety hazards in your Fort Myers, Florida, home. Here’s why you should get yours cleaned as soon as possible:

Prevent a Fire

Over time, lint builds up in your dryer’s exhaust vents — even if you clean the lint filter after each load. Unfortunately, this lint is extremely flammable, and dryers can get very hot. As more lint accumulates, the temperature rises, making a fire more and more likely. And if the lint does catch fire, the flames can easily spread from the exhaust vent to other parts of the home.

Improve Efficiency

Lint buildup restricts the airflow in your dryer’s exhaust vents, which traps hot, moist air inside your dryer. As a result, your dryer will have to run longer and work harder to dry your clothes. In fact, damp clothes and increased drying times are one of the most obvious signs that your vents are in need of cleaning. With clean vents, your dryer will operate more efficiently, saving you both time and money.

Avoid a Breakdown

Blocked exhaust vents place a lot of extra strain on your dryer. Each load will take longer to dry, which puts more wear and tear on your dryer. As a result, your dryer will age prematurely. It may require frequent repairs or break down completely.

Discourage Pests

As dangerous as lint buildup can be for you and your family, it sure looks inviting to pests. Clogged ducts can be a cozy place for rodents to sleep. Plus, they produce a hot, humid environment that’s inviting for ants and termites. If you notice strange smells coming from your dryer, pests may have already taken up residence.

Don’t ignore the warning signs that your dryer vents need to be cleaned. Schedule your dryer vent cleaning today by calling Certified Heating and Cooling Inc. at 239-205-8342.

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