Dryer vent installation companies recommend annual dryer vent cleaning and maintenance to prevent dryer fires and reduce energy bills. Failure to maintain the dryer vent system will result in higher energy bills and could lead to a dryer fire. Approximately 40 percent of the lint that is removed from your laundry escapes the lint screen and ends up trapped where it doesn't belong; around the dryer drum, on the motor or in your dryer ducts.
Safety Standards for Dryer Vents
Too many people are still using flexible foil, plastic or vinyl venting, which is no longer up to code. Manufacturers recommend using semi-rigid metal for a safer, more efficient dryer vent system.
Improper dryer vent installation causes many problems. Bends and turns slow down the flow of dryer exhaust; longer lengths of duct cause moisture to condense, trapping and allowing lint to build up. All of these issues make your dryer work harder; therefore, use more energy.
Improper dryer vent installation can also cause health problems for residents. When sections are joined with screws that protrude to inside of the dryer duct, they catch lint and cause exhaust leaks. If you have a gas dryer, this could cause carbon monoxide to lean into your home. Leaks in the system also add to the humidity and cause mold and mildew growth. Mold spores are then leaked into your home causing upper respiratory problems for residents.
Manufacturers recommend a professional dryer vent cleaning be done annually to keep clothes dryers running safely and efficiently. A specialized technician will do a thorough inspection to be sure your system meets current safety codes and is properly installed for optimum air-flow.
D. Benson of Dryer Vent Wizard provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation and all dryer exhaust services to make clothes dryers operate safely and efficiently. Dryer Vent Wizard has made a commitment to make 1 million clothes dryers safer and greener by the year 2010. Visit http://www.dryerventwizard.com to learn more.