Air-drying clothes with drying racks or a clothes line can reduce the average household's carbon footprint by over 2,000 pounds per year
Chicago, IL - Most Americans see the automatic clothes dryer as a necessity; however, more are becoming aware of the huge amount of energy they can save by drying some of their laundry with drying racks or a clothesline. Mory Matias, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard in Chicago said, "The clothes dryer is among the top 5 energy users in most homes. I don't recommend giving up the automatic clothes dryer altogether; but using a clothesline part of the time will reduce energy usage and the impact on our environment."
Most Americans will refuse to quit using modern conveniences; even though they may cost money to operate, the time savings is valuable. Mory has discovered that some of his regular clients use the clothes line when the weather is right to reduce heat and humidity inside their home as well as reduce energy costs. "I have had customers tell me they enjoy the advantage of "solar drying" because it is free. Besides saving energy, line-drying saves on the need for fragrant laundry detergents and chlorine bleach. The sun naturally disinfects and gently bleaches whites; the fresh air leaves laundry smelling fresh."
In any case, if you do use your clothes dryer, even part-time, dryer vent cleaning and proper maintenance is required to keep it operating safely and efficiently. Your clothes dryer works very similar to the clothesline, drying your laundry with heat, forced air and tumbling action. Both require airflow; unlike the clothesline with unlimited airflow, your dryer ducts and dryer vent system can become clogged with lint. Lint blocks airflow, overworking the clothes dryer and increasing drying time. Lint clogged vents can eventually lead to a dryer fire.
Mory Matias owns and operates Dryer Vent Wizard, a dryer vent repair, cleaning and installation company who serves consumers and business owners in North Side Chicago and North Shore Suburbs. Visit http://www.dryerventwizard.com to learn more.