5 Warning Signs it’s Time to Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned
Imagine waking up to your home on fire, only to find out later it could have easily been prevented. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers caused more than 15,500 home fires in 2010. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually causing a fire. You can avoid these dangers and increase the efficiency of your dryer by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your dryer vent every year. Check out the 5 warning signs that it’s time to have your dryer vent cleaned.
1. Drying time for clothes has increased.
When a dryer vent is clogged, the drying cycle can double or triple in time. You’ll notice that clothes are not completely dry at the end of a regular cycle. A dryer is designed to push out the hot moist air for clothing to dry. If your vent is blocked by lint, the air will stay in your dryer keeping your clothes hot and moist. And when it takes twice as long to dry clothes, your dryer runs longer, putting more wear and tear on it and therefore cutting the machine’s life in half.
2. Your clothes and the outside of the dryer are very hot.
Do you notice that your clothing is very hot at the end of a cycle or the dryer is hot to touch? This warning sign means the vent is not exhausting properly. If your system is clogged, it not only wastes energy, but can cause the heating element and blower in the dryer to wear out faster.
3. You notice a burning smell.
When you run your dryer do you smell a burning odor? Lint, which is very flammable, can build up in the exhaust tube, lint trap and even in the drum casing. If it gets too hot, it can catch on fire, causing a burning smell. (Remember to empty the lint trap often). Discontinue use of your dryer and have it inspected as soon as possible.
4. The vent hood flap doesn’t open properly.
Another visual red flag that you’re due for a cleaning: You can see lint or debris around the dryer hose or outside vent opening: or the duct hood flap does not open as it is designed to do. An outside vent that doesn’t open when the dryer is running means air flow has been restricted due to lint buildup.
5. It has been longer than a year since your last inspection.
Dryer vent ducts should be inspected at least once a year to reduce the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Some of the DIY cleaning kits do not always properly clean the vent duct. One advantage to hiring an experienced professional is he or she has likely seen just about every make and model of dryer and has the appropriate brush and equipment to effectively do the job.
Contact us today for a thorough inspection and cleaning of your dryer vent.
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Still Experiencing Winter Allergies? Consider Having Your Air Ducts Cleaned
The air ducts in your home have an important job - moving air throughout your house via your heating or cooling system. Over time, air ducts may become dirty or contaminated with mold and dust. If any of your family members have allergies, it may help to clean your dirty air ducts to improve air quality in your home.
5 Things to Consider for your Air Duct Cleaning Project:
- Assess for Mold -Mold develops in areas where moisture accumulates with inadequate ventilation. If mold develops inside your air ducts, it can create an unhealthy indoor environment because as air travels through the ducts, mold spores will release into this air and enter your living areas.
- Check for Clogs and Debris - It’s possible for clogs to accumulate in air ducts from debris and even from rodents and insects. If this happens to an extreme degree, you might even notice particles releasing into the air from the air ducts. The danger from these particles blowing into your home comes from possible mold and mildew that might develop from decaying organic matter.
- Get a Cleaning Estimate from a Professional - Because the air duct system is likely extensive, traveling through areas of your home that may be difficult to access, it’s usually a good idea to hire a professional air duct cleaned.
- EPA Recommendations - Understand that if you are cleaning out existing mold or replacing moldy insulation, part of the repair process has to include remedying the environment that enabled mold to develop in the first place. If you don’t fix these issues, more mold will develop.
- Choosing a Professional - Research companies that you consider hiring for air duct cleaning. Home Advisor is a good resource.
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7 Reasons You Should have Your Air Ducts Cleaned for the Holidays:
- You've never had them cleaned
- You or a family member has allergies
- You have a wet, damp basement causing mold and mildew growth
- You've had remodeling work done
- You want the dead spiders, insects and rodents removed from your ducts
- You or a previous owner has/had pets
- You dust constantly with little lasting results
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Why Should I have my Air Ducts Cleaned?
The usual rule of thumb is that “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are”, according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Other reasons for having your air ducts cleaned include:
1. Improved Indoor Air Quality
Homeowners interested in indoor air quality may want to consider having their ducts cleaned, as up to 40 lbs. accumulates annually through everyday living.
The re-circulation of contaminants in your home (dust, chemicals, dander) causes a build-up of contaminants in your duct work that are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated up to 7 times per day.
People with respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders may find welcome relief once they’ve had their air ducts thoroughly cleaned in the home, school or workplace.
2. Increased Energy Savings
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system may cause it to work harder and shorten its life. Even though filters may be in place, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
A clean HVAC system results in less energy used and leads to improved performance and lower energy costs.
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