The lint in your dryer does not only accumulate in the lint filter. Despite having a good filter, lint still ends up in the vent. A buildup of lint could prove to be a dangerous situation for your household. Here are some reasons you need to schedule a thorough cleaning of your dryer vent system.
As your dryer vent system fills with lint, it impacts the efficiency of the dryer. As time passes, your dryer will be forced to work harder to dry your clothes. It could take more than one spin through the dryer to get dry clothes.
As a result, your energy bills will rise. Since your dryer is most likely one of the most used appliances in your home, the rise in your bill could be significant.
Your dryer will also wear down quicker since it has to work harder. This can result in a shortened lifespan and the need to buy a new dryer sooner rather than later.
Removes Fire Hazard
An accumulation of lint in your dryer vent system is a fire hazard. According to the United States Fire Administration, 2,900 dryer fires occur each year. Over 30 percent of those fires are the result of failing to properly clean the lint from the vent system.
As the lint builds up in your dryer, it obstructs the flow of hot air from the dryer. As a result, the hot air starts to heat up the built-up lint, which is very flammable. Over time, the lint can actually catch on fire, which could lead to significant property damage and injuries.
Lowers Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risk
Another risk that occurs with built-up lint in the vent system is a chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. The blockage in the system from the lint can push carbon monoxide fumes back into the home.
This could prove to be particularly dangerous if your home is not equipped with a carbon monoxide monitor to help detect the presence of the gas.
Prevents Mold Spreading
In addition to heat being trapped in your vent, moisture can also accumulate. The moist lint can encourage the growth of mold, which can then spread into your home. The affected air quality could prove particularly hazardous to people in your household who suffer from breathing disorders.
If you are unable to clean the dryer vent system yourself, contact a professional such as Restoration Klean. Ideally, your system should be thoroughly cleaned twice a year.
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