Your clothes dryer may be the last thing on your mind this holiday season, but you need to put in a little work now! This will save you time and money this winter. Just call a professional to service your dryer vents now, and your family will be safer this winter!
Dirty = Dangerous
Your clothes dryer is designed to work when properly ventilated. It should be installed by a professional and in accordance with federal and state fire safety codes. When it’s installed correctly, it is safer, but it must also be serviced annually because hot air and microscopic material moves through it.
A dirty dryer vent can become coated with lint and other materials, which can get caked tightly due to moisture which also travels through it. This buildup slows the airflow, and the heated air can result in a serious fire hazard. This can cause damages to your property, injuries to family, and even death. Most clothes dryer fires happen in the winter months, and majority of them occur due to failure to clean the units. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported annually. Don’t become a statistic. Schedule services now, so that your family is safe.
Clean Dryer Vents
Many homeowners assume that a dryer that requires a couple cycles to dry clothes is worn out. This is actually a sign of a clogged or dirty dryer vent, and this can also put your home at risk for fire. Here are some signs you are in need of a professional dryer vent cleaning.
- The dryer takes more than one cycle to get the job done. According to the manufacturers, a clothes dryer is designed to last 10 years. If a dryer isn’t getting the job done properly in one cycle and less than 5 years old, it’s likely clogged.
- The dryer heats the room it’s in and feels hot to the touch. The dryer vents not only vent moisture and lint outside, but it also heat. If the dryer is hot to the touch, or if it is heating the home even slightly,and your clothes are excessively hot, it’s not venting properly and should be seen by a professional.
- There is moisture and lint on the surfaces in the laundry room. When the dryer vent is clogged, the lint, moisture, and heat that’s meant to be vented will be pushed into the home. Moisture and lint can ruin wall coverings, furniture, and cause breathing issues–especially people with asthma.
Clogged Vents = Bad, Dryer Vent Cleaning = Good
Not only does a clogged dryer vent raise fire risk, but it also costs you extra money. Running the dryer 2-3 times more than necessary costs you 2-3 times more in utilities. It also shortens the life of your unit. Start saving money now, and make sure your family is safe this winter by scheduling a dryer vent cleaning with Anderson’s. Call us at 717-500-8306 today!