According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), and average of 2,900 residential clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Their research determined that failure to clean was the leading factor (34 percent) contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
Here are three reasons why you should clean your dryer vent:
- Protect your family.
Lint and debris can build up in your dryer causing it to exhaust at less than optimum efficiency. This creates potentially hazardous conditions including carbon monoxide intrusion and the possibility for fires. If a gas clothes dryer is improperly vented or the exhaust duct itself is blocked by lint or debris, carbon monoxide can be forced back into your living space.
- Protect your home.
Lint is created from the clothes as the clothes tumble in the drum of your dryer. While much of the lint is trapped by your dryer’s filter, lint also gets carried through the vent system along with moist air. Since lint is highly combustible, and can accumulate in the dryer and in the dryer vent, it can reduced airflow and can pose a potential fire hazard. Cleaning your dryer vent will radically reduce the risk of a fire starting.
- Save time, money, and increase efficiency.
A dryer is one of the most expensive home appliances to operate. If your dryer vent is clogged, this will reduce the efficiency of the dryer’s ability to dry. A thorough cleaning can increase the efficiency of your dryer, decrease drying time, cut down on your energy bill, and reduce the wear and tear on your dryer—saving you time and money.
A professional dryer vent cleaning every one to three years reduces the risk of fire, increases your dryer’s efficiency, and lengthens its lifespan. Contact us to learn more about the value of a professional dryer vent cleaning and how to protect your family and home from the hazards of a dryer fire.