When was the last time you had your clothes dryer vent professionally cleaned? Did you know this is maintenance you should be investing in at least once per year?
Many are surprised to hear that their vents need so much attention, but data has revealed years where, in the United States alone, nearly 3,000 residential dryer-related fires were reported, resulting in multiple deaths, hundreds of injuries, and millions of dollars worth of property damage.
Scary thought, right?
And not only does professional dryer vent cleaning prevent dangerous fires, this service can also save you money and prolong the life of your clothes dryer. I mean, who isn’t looking for ways to save energy and money daily?
Fortunately, there’s no more need to stress. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing the residents of the Hudson Valley with dryer vent cleaning services, and we can assist with any and all of your maintenance, repair, and installation needs. We’ve seen our fair share of clogged and dirty dryer vents, so we know the importance of it!
Ensure you and your household stay safer for the long haul by working with us today.
Reducing Fire Hazards
Clogged vents can are a fire hazard because lint, which is responsible for most dryer vent blockages, is extremely flammable. In fact, organizations like The Boy Scouts of America recommend using it as a campfire starter! And since a clogged vent causes a dryer to overheat, the excessively high temperatures inside the appliance can easily ignite this accumulation of lint.
Now, you may be thinking… What about the lint trap? If I clean it out every time, shouldn’t this prevent clogs from forming? It’s true that your lint trap will effectively collect most of your lint, should you be cleaning it out consistently. Unfortunately, it simply cannot get it all, which results in small amounts sneaking into your vents and building up over time.
So, then… what’s the most effective way to avoid potential fires? Having your dryer vents professionally serviced every single year!
When All Seasons Chimney clean your vents, our technicians will make sure that all lint and debris is removed. We work hard to get to the places where the ductwork bends or turns, and we’re equipped to handle the extra challenges that come with more lengthy set-ups, too.
Minimize the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Exposure
A clogged dryer vent system also runs the risk of leaking toxic gases like carbon monoxide into your home. If your vents are clogged with lint, there is no way for the fumes produced to effectively escape outdoors. That means they’ll simply turn back around and enter your home.
Carbon monoxide is extremely bad for your health, and it’s responsible for landing thousands of people in the hospital every single year. What’s even more alarming is that, due to its colorless, odorless nature, it’s nearly impossible to detect, which is why it’s been labeled “the silent killer.”
Reduce risk of exposure by having those vents cleaned out as soon as you can! We also urge all homeowners to invest in carbon monoxide detectors for their home. These devices have been responsible for saving countless lives, making them well worth every penny spent.
Improve Drying Efficiency
One of the clearest signs that your dryer vent is clogged? When your clothes are still damp after a full drying cycle. When the vent needs to be cleaned, your dryer cannot function properly, forcing you to run two, sometimes three, cycles before your clothes are fully dry and ready to be put away.
Not only does this waste energy, but it can also cause your energy bills to rise. And let’s face it… it eats up your time, too! Fortunately, after a dryer vent cleaning from All Seasons Chimney, the energy efficiency of your dryer will be greatly improved, and your monthly utility bills will decrease.
Extending the Life of Your Dryer
When your dryer overheats due to a clogged vent, important parts of the appliance will start wearing down. Overheating makes your clothes dryer work much harder than normal, and this is very tough on the appliance, which can cost you money in expensive appliance repairs down the line.
The heating element, for instance, is the area most often affected (which is why your clothes aren’t getting dry) and it can be quite expensive to repair. And if things are left unaddressed too long, you’ll probably be better off by purchasing an entirely new clothes dryer altogether.
If you ask us, an affordable cleaning is well worth avoiding the stress, cost, and hassle of investing in an entirely new appliance. After we clean your dryer vent, you will immediately see the improvement in its performance!
Preventing Clothing Wear & Tear
Now, your dryer faces wear and tear when you run it over and over, but so do the clothes inside of it. The more your clothes are run through the dryer, the more microscopic wear and tear they face, which ends up adding up a lot over time. A good piece of clothing can be a great investment, so do what you can to protect it by ensuring your dryer is running as efficiently as possible.
Can I Clean the Vents Myself?
Now, many enthusiastic DIY-ers might think that this is a job they can tackle themselves. And, in fact, there are many kits sold online for just this purpose. Unfortunately, using these can lead to problems within your appliance, which is why we strongly urge all homeowners to invest in care from a professional when it comes to your vents. Just one minor mishap when reattaching them or one difficult bend overlooked, and you could be facing some serious risks.
Keep in mind, too, that the majority of your dryer vent is hidden from view and confined inside your walls, floor joist, crawl space, or attic.That means, in order to thoroughly clean your dryer vent system, the entire system must be accessed to ensure all lint accumulations have been removed. This is no easy feat and one that should be left to the pros.
Give Us a Call
In the end, if you’re looking to increase the energy efficiency in your home, minimize your risk of fire hazards, and keep your appliances running strong for the long haul, scheduling services with us is a must. Our team of experts are skilled at cleaning dryer vents along with chimney inspections, sweepings, repairs, and more.
Give us a call to schedule or reach out online now!