• Kyle Donovan

Is cleaning your dryer vent worth it?

Updated: Sep 12

Is cleaning your dryer vent worth it?

You decide...

1. Energy efficiency

Over time, your dryer vent gets clogged with dust, lint and hair. A blocked vent won’t do its job as well. The dryer spin cycles will become less efficient and drying times will be two or three times longer than normal. Besides the increased wear and tear, your dryer will also require more electricity or gas to operate, raising your fuel bills.

2. Relative humidity regulation

Another result of a clogged dryer vent is higher indoor humidity. The lint buildup inside the dryer duct acts like a sponge, absorbing and holding moisture from the dryer, rather than letting it safely outdoors. This raises the relative humidity of the room. leading to dampness-related problems such as condensation on your windows. If untreated, the eventual result could be mold damage to your house.

3. Safety for your home and family

Clogged vents threaten your household’s safety. If you have a gas dryer it can prevent proper exhausting of carbon monoxide. Clogged dryer ducts can cause the dryer to overheat causing a dryer fire. The U.S. Fire Administration reports 100 injuries, five deaths and $35,000,000 in property loss annually from residential clothes dryer fires. The leading cause of dryer fires? Quite simply, failure to clean the dryer.

How often should a dryer vent be cleaned?

Have you ever watched professional dryer vent cleaning in action? It’s amazing was how much gunk comes out of the lint trap and dryer duct! The fire department recommends yearly dryer vent cleaning. You should clean it more often if you do large amounts of laundry, you have a long and/or angled dryer duct or you have any of these “clogged vent warning signs”.

  • Laundry loads take longer than usual to dry.

  • Your lint trap collects more gunk than normal.

  • The dryer’s exterior is hot (not just warm) to the touch.

  • The air in your laundry room feels exceptionally warm and/or humid.

  • You detect a smell of scorching or burning near the dryer.

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