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How Dirty Dryer Vents Affect Energy Efficiency

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, clothes dryers account for 5.8% of all residential electricity consumption. That’s a lot of energy, which explains why the median American household spends about $163 just to operate its dryer each year.


You probably have better uses for your money than operating your dryer. Fortunately, you can reduce your dryer’s energy consumption by diligently cleaning its lint filter, as well as using its cool-down setting and moisture sensor (if it includes these features).


But if you really want to achieve greater energy efficiency at your home, then you cannot do without professional dryer vent cleaning at least once a year – or more frequently, if you have a larger family and accordingly do a lot of laundry.


Why Does Dryer Vent Cleaning Increase Energy Efficiency?


Imagine that you are going to sprint one mile. At the end of the sprint, you have the option of (A) breathing normally, or (B) breathing through a drinking straw. Naturally, you would rather breathe normally, as a straw’s narrow passage would force you to breathe much harder.


You have just conceptualized the importance of an unobstructed dryer vent. When a vent accumulates excessive debris on its walls, it becomes too narrow for the dryer to efficiently “breathe” – i.e. remove the lint, moisture and heat that are all produced during its drying cycle.


In addition to taking two to three times longer to dry clothes, a dryer with a dirty vent must expend significantly more energy to achieve the desired result. The majority of reduced dryer efficiency is often solely attributable to a dirty vent, which is why vent cleaning is paramount to saving money on your energy bills.


Dryer Vent Cleaning Doesn’t Just Increase Energy Efficiency


A dirty vent doesn’t just force a dryer to consume more fuel. It also forces the dryer to work harder. That accelerates wear and tear on its moving parts, which necessitates the need for more frequent repair and replacement.


A dirty dryer vent is also a safety hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,900 dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to fire

departments each year. Dryer fires are accountable for approximately five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss annually. If Americans only took greater care to clean their dryer vents properly, they could prevent over one-third of home dryer fires.


Save Money With Dan’s Drain & Duct Cleaning


Would you like to spend less money on drying your clothes, extend the lifespan of your dryer, and significantly reduce your risk of a disastrous house fire? If you live in the greater Sioux Falls or Beresford, SD areas, then the solution is easy: contact Dan’s Drain & Duct Cleaning today! Our expert dryer vent cleaning technicians are at your service, and there’s no dryer vent we can’t take care of quickly and completely.

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