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4 Reasons to Clean Your Dryer Vents

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

It is not uncommon for most people to not give much thought to their dryer ventilation. Typically, if the dryer appears to be doing its job, then there’s no apparent reason to give it any more thought. What you may not know is that over time, even with high-quality dryer vents, lint can make its way into the ventilation system and begin to build up. This build-up of lint in your dryer vent can pose a potentially serious safety hazard if it isn’t addressed on a routine basis.

Reduce Your Laundry Run Times If it takes longer than a single run cycle to get your laundry loads dry, it could be an indication that your dryer vent system is not performing to its full potential. In fact, this could be a sign that your dryer vents are becoming clogged, which among other things, is a fire hazard.

Prolong Your Clothing’s Lifespan When your dryer is operating with a clogged or partially obstructed vent, it can cause laundry loads to become much hotter than they are designed to be. Because the ventilation is compromised, the heat that could otherwise escape is trapped in the machine and can expose your clothing to much higher temperatures than intended. This heat can cause damage to your clothing and cause the fibers in them to begin to deteriorate. Higher heat combined with longer running times as the result of clogged dryer vents means that you could be doing some serious damage to your clothing over time.

Lower Your Energy Bill What do you suppose will happen to your energy bill when you need to run more than a single cycle to fully dry your clothing? With clogged vents, your dryer will need to run more often and for longer cycles to get its job done, and each of those run cycles costs you money. It’s not uncommon for compromised ventilation systems to cause dryers to completely stop functioning for no apparent reason. Even if your dryer is brand new, a vent system that hasn’t received the maintenance it needs to function properly can affect your energy consumption. Reduce Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning If your dryer is gas-powered, improper ventilation can begin to cause some serious problems. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and highly toxic, and when it isn’t allowed to be properly ventilated through your duct system, it can be vented right back into your living area, causing flu-like symptoms or even worse. If your dryer is gas-powered, it is absolutely vital that you maintain your ventilation system, as a failure to do so can put yourself and your family’s health at risk.

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