Dryer Vent Maintenance For Safety

Did you know that your dryer vents and ducts need to be cleaned every year? If they are not thoroughly cleaned, the consequences could be deadly.

Several variables can influence the required frequency of dryer system cleaning: the number of people in your home, the frequency of clothes washing, lifestyle (sports and/or outdoor activities), etc.

Some dryers are connected directly to an exterior wall, reducing the duct length. However, others may exhaust upward through the roof or they may be located in the middle of the home. What does this mean? Long dryer ducts provide more opportunity for lint buildup. An uncleaned system may lead to

  • higher utility bills
  • clothing that shrinks or gets damaged by heat
  • reduced life expectancy of the dryer
  • a house fire.

That’s right—fire. In fact, some 15,500 fires, 310 injuries, and 10 deaths are attributed each year to dryer fires, according to estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you haven’t already, put your dryer vent on a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule.

Here are some links to help:

Dryer Safety: dryersafety.org

How to Clean Your Dryer Vent and Other Quick Tips: consumerreports.org/clothes-dryers/how-to-clean-your-dryer-vent

Find a Certified Professional in Your Area: csia.org

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