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Taking Care of Your Dryer Vents

We all take appliances for granted, some more than others. We always are thankful for dishwashers after a nice but messy meal, thankful for air conditioners on long and hot summer days, and thankful for ovens so we don’t have to cook over an open fire. But one thing we take for granted is our dryer. We all wash clothes, and while some of us still hang clothes out to dry, the majority of us use a dryer to get the job done quickly. However, should we overlook keeping our dryer vents clean?


Danger Can Be Afoot

Of household fires, dryer vent fires are the second leading cause. Lint is highly flammable, and when a vent is clogged, the lint can heat to a point of combustion, and starting a fire. Eighty percent of all dryer fires, estimated about fifteen thousand annually, happen because of clogged dryer vents. Aside from dryer fires, the dryer vent’s main purpose to expel the noxious fumes that are caused by the machine. The most prevalent is carbon monoxide, and when the dryer vent is clogged, the vent cannot expel the poisonous gas, trapping it in the house.


Nesting Animals

The only animals we want in our homes are our domesticated pets. We should take the extra measure to ensure that wild animals don’t find a way into our homes. The most common entry wild animals find are in our dryer vents. When the vent lid becomes clogged with lint, it will not close properly, allowing a small entry point for these wild animals. Getting your dryer vents cleaned will ensure that this vent closes regularly, and animals like birds and rodents will not be allowed entry. The best time of year to have your vents cleaned is in late summer to mid fall, because with the heat that your dryer will expel, along with the tight corridor that it is, animals will think that it will make a great home to escape the winter.


Always Think Efficiently

Like how a clogged air filter will make an air conditioner work harder, studies show that clogged dryer screens will make your dryer consumer between twenty-five and thirty-five percent more energy. A wise saying goes “the candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long,” which is very true when it comes to appliances. When your appliances are working harder to get the same job done, they will last less longer. Having a professional clean your dryer vents will give your system the efficiency it needs to last longer, and will save you money in the long run.


Mold is a No-Go

When materials like lint and other things get trapped in your dryer vents, this can to moisture clinging to them, thus making a breeding ground for mold. Breathing in mold can sicken you and other tenants in your house. A Superior AC, professionals in Destin AC repair and offering dryer cleaning services, say that having your vents professionally cleaned can avoid this major problem.

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