At Coopertown Services, we are proud of the many high-quality fireplace and chimney services we offer our customers. However, we can do more than just clean and care for your chimney system – we can clean your dryer vents, too!
While dryer vent cleaning may seem unimportant, it is actually one of the best things you can do to prevent dryer fires. In addition, having your dryer vents professionally cleaned can reduce your energy costs as well as improving the efficiency of your appliance!
Clean dryer vents prevent fires
Dryer lint is extremely flammable; it’s one of the reasons it is important to clean the lint trap in between every dryer load. The same lint that accumulates in your lint trap, however, can also accumulate in your dryer vents. Over time, an excessive buildup of lint can constrict the airflow through the dryer vents, causing the dryer to work harder and harder to produce heat. This excessive heat can cause the lint to ignite, starting a fire that will quickly spread to other parts of the house.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, dryer fires are the cause of more than 15,000 house fires in the United States each year. These fires cause more than $200 million in damages, 400 injuries, and 50 tragic deaths. Thankfully, many dryer fires can be prevented by good dryer vent maintenance.
Clean dryer vents save energy
In addition to preventing dryer fire, clean dryer vents can also save you money! When your dryer vents are clogged, the dryer is forced to work harder. This means that the dryer runs longer and uses more energy than it was designed to. By regularly cleaning your dryer vents, your dryer is not forced to work harder, allowing it to run more efficiently. This directly translates into savings on your monthly energy bills!
If you think your older dryer no longer runs wells and are thinking of having it replaced, considering cleaning your dryer vents first. Oftentimes our customers are amazed to see how much better their old dryer runs after having the vents cleaned! Having your dryer vents cleaned may be able to save you the cost of a brand new dryer.
Signs your dryer vents need to be cleaned
- Clothes take longer than 45 minutes or 1 complete cycle to dry
- The dryer produces excessive heat, is hot to touch, or warms the entire room
- The lint trap collects greater than normal amounts of lint
- Clothes or the dryer have a musty, stale smell
- Noticeable debris can be seen around the exterior dryer vent opening