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10 Surprising Reasons to Clean a Dryer Vent

Updated: Mar 15

It's easy to forget about the dryer vent, especially if it's not clogged and seems to be working fine. However, just like any other part of your home, the dryer vent needs to be cleaned on a regular basis in order to maintain optimal performance. Here are 10 surprising reasons why you should clean your dryer vent today!

Interior view of dirty dryer vent

If you're like most people, you probably don't think much about your dryer vent. However, did you know that a clean dryer vent is essential for optimal performance? Not only does it help your dryer run more efficiently, but it also prevents fires. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are more than 15,000 dryer fires each year.

So, how often should you clean your dryer vent? The answer may surprise you - most experts, including the National Fire Prevention Association recommend that you do it at least once a year. However, if you have pets or live in an area with a lot of dust, you may need to clean it more often.

Dryer Outside on Grass Burnt from a Fire

Here are some of the benefits of cleaning your dryer vent:

  1. Extend the life of your clothes - heat degrades fabric and the longer the dryer time, the more wear on your clothes.

  2. Improved dryer efficiency - a clean dryer vent will improve the efficiency of your dryer, resulting in shorter drying times.

  3. Reduced energy costs - with improved efficiency comes shorter drying times. This is a huge benefit if you're always in a rush to get your clothes out of the dryer.

  4. Prevents fires - lint build-up is one of the leading causes of dryer fires. By regularly cleaning your dryer vent, you can help prevent a fire from starting.

  5. Prevent costly repairs - clogged dryer vents are notorious for blowing thermal switches or knocking out heating elements which are costly to repair.

  6. Keeps mold and mildew at bay - these organisms thrive in warm, moist environments, especially if your duct is clogged or even partially clogged.

  7. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - in gas dryers a clogged duct can prevent vapors from escaping that put you and your family's health at risk.

  8. Extend the life of your dryer - lint that is trapped in your dryers venting system makes your dryer work harder effecting its lifespan

  9. Its better for the environment - dirty dryer vents contribute to poor air quality inside your home.

  10. Ensure your warranty remains active - an unmaintained dryer vent can cause massive problems with a dryer. Following the manufacturers instructions for maintenance will keep your warranty in good standing.

So, there you have it - some of the benefits of cleaning your dryer vent. If you're not sure how to clean your dryer vent or if you even need it done, we are here to help!


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