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Dryer Vent Cleaning: Protecting Your Investment in Appliances

When you use your clothes dryer, you don’t just get dry clothes. You also produce heat, steam and lint – three things your dryer vent serves to remove from your home.


The dirtier your dryer vent gets, the less effective it becomes at its important job. That can damage your clothes dryer, but it can do so much more. A dirty dryer vent will waste your money. It can make you uncomfortable. It can even put your home and family in jeopardy.


Let’s examine a few reasons why dryer vent cleaning is an investment with multiple returns.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Extends a Clothes Dryer’s Lifespan


Your clothes dryer doesn’t only spend energy drying your clothes. Its motor also has to blow all that warm air, steam and lint outside your home.


Despite your clothes dryer’s best efforts, some of that lint is bound to stick to the walls of its vent. As lint gradually accumulates, the dryer vent becomes increasingly constricted. That forces the clothes dryer to work harder to produce the same result, which accelerates wear and tear on all its moving parts. The dirtier the vent, the faster the clothes dryer runs out its lifespan.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Reduces Energy Bills


As we just touched on, a dirty dryer vent reduces a clothes dryer’s efficiency. It will still dry clothes. It will just take longer to complete its job.


The longer you have to run your clothes dryer, the more you are effectively spending on doing laundry. In an era of rising energy costs, every minute you save drying clothes adds up to real savings.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Preserves Clothing


A garment deteriorates a little bit every time it goes through a clothes dryer. It can’t be helped. All that heat and tumbling is bound to wear out fabric fibers.


If you’d like to avoid having to replace worn out clothes, invest in dryer vent cleaning. It will shorten the amount of time your favorite shirts and pants have to spend in the dryer, which will keep them in better condition, longer.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Reduces Allergens


A dryer vent regularly gives passage to warm, humid air. That means it provides perfect growing conditions for mold and other fungi. About 10% of people are allergic to mold, which is why a dirty dryer vent can lead to itching, sneezing, and other unpleasant symptoms.


It only gets worse. A dryer vent that is impacted with lint is also suitable habitat for dust mites – yet another cause of allergic reaction in about 10% of the world’s population.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Reduces the Risk of Fire


In a sense, dryer vent cleaning is an investment in every appliance in your home – not just your dryer. But if your house catches fire, then your furnace, stove and dishwasher will probably be the last things on your mind.


Dirty dryer vents are a common cause of house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, lint, dust and fiber buildup is responsible for causing over 25% of dryer fires. Alongside washing machine fires, clothes dryer fires require nearly 16,000 fire department responses every year.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Reduces the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Do you have a gas dryer? Then it produces carbon monoxide by design, and it uses the dryer vent to expel that odorless, colorless, and highly toxic gas from your home. If its vent becomes clogged, then your gas dryer will have no other option but to expel carbon monoxide into the same indoor air you breathe.


Carbon monoxide poisoning kills at least 420 people in the United States each year. Do everything in your power to prevent your family from joining them. Make sure your dryer vent stays clean!


Has it been more than six months since your last dryer vent cleaning? Then it’s time to contact Dan’s Drain & Duct Cleaning. We help our clients throughout the greater Sioux Falls and Beresford, SD area protect their appliances, their clothing, their health, their savings, and everything they hold dear.

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