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3 reasons you should clean your dryer vent frequently

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Dryer vent cleaning, also called dryer duct cleaning or hood and vent system cleaning, is something that regular homeowners should do to improve the quality of the air in their homes and reduce fire hazards. 

Dryers alone produce a large amount of lint which can accumulate inside your dryer's ventilation system. Lint buildup not only over time causes significant damage to your dryer system but also can cause fires.

There are several benefits of cleaning the lint out of your dryer's ventilation ducts and vents (vents that run from the top or bottom or both sides of your dryer, connecting it to the exhaust vent on the outside wall). Keep in mind that this service can be performed in conjunction with a chimney cleaning if you have a gas dryer with an external vent.

If your home has metal ducts or is being built with them, it's a good idea to have your dryer vent cleaned and inspected before you move in. While some companies offer this service for free, it's worth noting that it usually takes less than an hour of labor to do the work. It can also be helpful if you're planning on selling your home since any problems with the vent system will need to be addressed - ideally by cleaning it rather than replacing it.

Here are three reasons why you should clean your dryer vent more often:

1. Lint buildup causes wear on your dryer and reduces its efficiency

2. A clogged vent can lead to a fire

3. It's a DIY job you can do yourself in less than an hour of work time that will save you money over having this service done professionally.

In the past, lint from dryers was vented directly to the outside, but today's dryers feature a lint filter that must be cleaned after every load. For example, if you own an oil-filled GE Dryer (Model DRG05F1EW), all you need to clean it is a vacuum with a hose and soft brush attachment. But even though this filter is relatively easy to clean, you should still inspect the lint filter after every cycle. 

When your dryer vent begins to fill up with lint, it will start to have trouble drying clothes properly. The more lint accumulates, the more frequently you'll need to go through this cleaning process.

Lint is very flammable, and dryer vents can accumulate lint to the point where it can catch fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that annually there are roughly 5,000 dryer vent fires reported in the United States - an average of 20 per day! Monthly cleaning will break up the lint accumulation enough to prevent buildup that can become a fire hazard.

Lint can block the airflow through your dryer's ventilation system, and if it gets blocked, you'll end up with a much longer drying time. Eventually, this will cause your dryer to overheat, which is another potential fire hazard.

By keeping your dryer vent clear of lint buildup, you'll be able to dry clothes faster and more efficiently. Who doesn't want that?

Cleaning your dryer vent once or twice a year is an easy way to save money. If you live in the Yonker, Bronx, or Westchester County area and need help with your dryer vent cleaning contact Rite Temp HVAC LLC today or feel free to call us at (718) 509-5848.

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