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Dryer Vents and Fire Safety

When was the last time you cleaned your dryer vent? If you’re not sure of the answer, it’s probably been too long. The lint that comes from drying wet clothes collects in your dryer vents, eventually becoming a dangerous fire hazard.

Read on to learn why periodic dryer vent cleaning is necessary to protect your home and family.

Dangers of Lint Buildup in Dryer Vents

Dryer vent fires caused by lint buildup cause dozens of tragic deaths, hundreds of serious injuries, and over $100 million in property damage every year.

How does this happen?

You may be surprised to learn that your dyer’s lint trap only captures 25% of the lint from your clothes. The rest escapes into the dryer vent that moves the warm, humid air inside your dryer to the outdoors. Out of sight and out of mind inside the 4-inch diameter metal vent, this hidden and highly flammable lint can flame up in an instant when exposed to enough heat from your electric or gas-powered dryer. This lint is the leading contributing factor to dryer fires in residential buildings.

But that’s not all. Lint in your vent system also forces your dryer to work harder to do its job, shortening its lifespan and raising your energy bills.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

It’s important to ensure dryer vents are cleaned every other month! If you were unable to remember the last time your dryer vent was cleaned out, chances are you’ve got lint buildup crowding your venting system. Dryer vent cleaning can be difficult to do on your own and if not done properly can compound the problem.

The good news is that professional dryer vent cleaning is inexpensive and can be completed in about 30 minutes or less!

Benefits of Cleaning Dryer Vent

In addition to safety and the peace of mind that comes with it, what are the other benefits of having clean dryer vents?

Having clean dryer vents means:

  • Increased performance from your dryer.
  • Improved ventilation, which protects against carbon monoxide danger.
  • Reduced drying times.
  • Lower energy bills
  • Expanded lifespan of your dryer.
  • Homeowner’s insurance compliance.

Find Dryer Vent Cleaning Near Me

At Aire Serv®, we service all kinds of vents—not just the ones attached to your heating and air conditioning system. Schedule your professional dryer vent cleaning and experience the benefits of clean vents! Request an appointment online or call (855) 679-0011 to get in touch with the Aire Serv location nearest you.