Keeping your dryer vents clean is important for a number of reasons. But why? To understand the importance of clean dryer vents, it is helpful to understand how a dryer works. Simply put, a dryer works by pushing out hot, humid air so your clothes can dry. If in the event your dryer vent to the outside becomes blocked by lint, the air will not be able to expel moisture like it was designed to do. The result will be trapped moisture that takes more energy to evaporate. In this blog post, we explain why dryer vent cleaning in Tampa (or anywhere you live) is important not only for energy savings but for your safety.
The most important reason to have your dryer vent cleaned is for the safety of you, your family, and your home. “According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home dryer fires are reported in the United States each year. Sadly, this results in an average of 100 injuries, $35 million in property damage, and 5 deaths annually. Failure to clean the dryer (34%) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.”
Your dryer vents allow hot air to escape from your dryer and vent out into the outdoors. However, as mentioned earlier, when the vents are clogged, the hot air can build up, forcing your heating element to work overtime, which can cause it to spark a flame. Since lint is highly flammable, a small fire can quickly get out of control.
Poor Dryer Operation
Are you noticing your clothes or linens are taking longer to dry than normal? It is possible you have a lint problem. Clearing and cleaning your dryer vents of lint will not only will it be better for your safety, but your clothes and linens will dry faster. Your dryer will be able to perform more efficiently, resulting in faster dry times and less energy usage.
Higher Electric Bills
When your clothes take longer to dry, you will be increasing your energy usage, which ultimately increases your electric bill payment. Cleaning your dryer vent regularly will help improve your dryer’s efficiency, in turn, lowering the amount of power that it uses and lowering your energy bill.
Lint build-up happens, but lint and dryer cleaning should not be taken lightly. Be sure you are regularly checking your dryer and if you are unable to properly clean it yourself, have an HVAC professional do the job for you. Did you know Mason Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers dryer vent cleaning for residential properties throughout the greater Tampa area? We are extremely knowledgeable in the vent cleaning business and are committed to providing high-quality workmanship with unparalleled five-star customer service. With a single call, our licensed AC pros will properly clean your dryer vent which in turn will keep you safe, improve your dryer operation and decrease your electric bill. Give us a call at 727-433-9853 or fill out our contact form today to have a trained technician kick your lint problem to the curb.