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Dryer Vent Cleaning — The Small Service That Has Big Benefits
You do more laundry than a hotel does, it seems, and with the kids’ rigorous sports schedules, it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down anytime soon.
You know lint can build up, which is why you always clean the lint trap after each load — but with all you’re asking of your dryer, is there anything more you need to be doing?
Why You Need To Do More Than Just Empty Your Lint Trap…
We’re not big on scare tactics, but we ARE big on fire safety, and we’re committed to keeping our neighbors in Asheville and the neighboring communities protected.
In order to do that, we do need to drop a little knowledge on you:
“2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.”
That’s according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
That’s 2,900 too many fires, if you ask us.
But unlike every single thing the Kardashians do, no one’s talking about this stuff, and it’s not on most people’s radar.
When was the last time you thought about it? When was the last time you took a look inside the venting attached to your clothes dryer and checked for lint buildup or blockages?
The truth is, not every last bit of lint is captured in the lint trap that you seem to be endlessly emptying. Some of it makes its way into the vent, and over time it can really build up.
Of course, we don’t have to tell you that lint is highly flammable, and that your dryer pushes a lot of hot air through that vent. The more restricted the vent (as a result of buildup), the harder your dryer works. That means longer run times and an increased risk of fire.
Another safety hazard created by clogged dryer vents is carbon monoxide poisoning.
CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion. When there’s insufficient oxygen (i.e. the dryer is starved for air because of a blockage or lint buildup), CO is released, and can back up into your home.
Trouble is, you wouldn’t know it if you didn’t have a carbon monoxide detector near your dryer, because this deadly gas is odorless, tasteless, and invisible.
And here’s the craziest thing: when given the choice between oxygen and carbon monoxide to breathe, your body will choose carbon monoxide every time, even though it’s deadly.
That’s scary stuff.
But safety’s not the only reason to make dryer vent cleanings a priority…
A Clogged Dryer Vent Can Cost You
You get upset when someone stands indecisively with the refrigerator door wide open, right? Because they’re wasting energy. It’s the same reason we turn the lights off when we leave a room and turn down the thermostat at night.
But what about your dryer? Have you thought about how much energy it’s wasting?
Truth is, when your dryer vent is clogged or lint-laden, that translates to an inefficient dryer that takes longer to get the job done.
- You’ll catch yourself restarting the dryer after a cycle has finished because somehow those clothes still aren’t dry.
- You’ll notice your clothes are super hot to the touch when they do finally dry, and they may even have a burnt odor to them.
- You’ll find that your dryer is hot to the touch as well, and that it just doesn’t seem to get the job done as quickly as it once did.
You probably don’t need to retire your clothes dryer. You just need to give it a little love. If it’s choked for air, its performance will suffer — but there’s an easy fix.
Save yourself a trip to Home Depot to shop for a new dryer and save time and money by having that lint and buildup removed by Wright’s Hearth, Heat & Home.
Our Dryer Vent Cleanings Are Fast, Effective & Affordable — Schedule Yours Today!
We specialize in dryer vent cleaning, and we’ll get all that lint out, as well as any other blockages (like birds nests) quickly, and without making a mess.
Our family has been serving folks in Asheville and the surrounding areas since 1994, and we have the experience and expertise to effectively clean dryer vents and leave you with a safer, more efficient home.
Scheduling is as easy as calling us at 828-687-9002 or filling out our online appointment request form. So hop to it and give your hardworking clothes dryer a little love.