The dryer is one of the most-used home appliances that’s always running. In a home especially filled with little children, every day can become laundry day. But how often do you take the time away from doing your laundry to take care of your dryer vents?
Most homeowners spend their time and resources maintaining other parts of the house such as gutters, air filters and garden lawns, but they often forget to clean their dryer vents. Around 15,000 fires occur yearly in the United States because of issues with uncleaned dryer vents.
There are a few symptoms of vents that require immediate cleaning, and you as a homeowner can identify them on your own.
Having an uncleaned vent can lead to the following dangerous outcomes:
Having a dryer that runs efficiently can save you up to thirty percent of your total utility cost. You need to make sure that you properly clean your dryer’s lint screen after every cycle. If you ignore your dryer upkeep and maintenance, your dryer will eventually have to run for longer periods (more cycles) and work harder just to dry your laundry. This means you’ll spend more on energy; enough to break the bank.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dryer that works for years, even until your grandchildren are ready to use them on their own? Clogged dryer vents require the appliance to work multiple times harder. Because of this, your machine will experience wear and tear faster, which just decreases its overall lifespan.
Birds and other animals may find clogged dryer vents to be an appealing place to set up their nests. Having clean vents with clean components ensures that your machine is in top shape. No more unwanted critters in your laundry room!