There’s nothing like cozying up with a warm blanket after it spent a cycle in the dryer. You might be surprised how hard our dryers have to work behind the scenes to keep our clothes clean, dry and comfortable, however. As such, a lack of routine dryer vent maintenance can lead to inconvenience in the present and serious issues down the line. Why should you keep your dryer vents clean?
Dryer Fires are a Real Threat
A dryer vent filled with dust and debris poses a very legitimate fire threat that could cause serious damage to your home. Thousands of home fires per year are caused by dirty dryer vents that are clogged with lint, and those fires peak in January year after year. Even static electricity could provide the spark that causes a fire to ignite, so be certain to have your dryer vents clean during this dry time of year.
Unnecessary Wear and Tear
If you fail to keep your dryer vents clean, your machine will be working much harder, and at a higher temperature, than it needs to. This isn’t guaranteed to start a fire, but it is guaranteed to shorten the lifespan of your dryer and lead to earlier part replacements.
High Energy Bills
Fires and wear and tear aren’t the only issues that a lack of dryer vent maintenance can trigger. If your dryer is working harder, that extra energy isn’t free. If your dryer vents haven’t been cleaned in over a year, there’s a good chance that a cleaning would actually pay for itself in the long run!
The cozy blanket situation we described at the beginning of this article is a lot harder to achieve when your dryer vents are backed up. You may find yourself needing to run multiple cycles in order to fully dry all of your clothing and blankets. Even after that, there is still likely to be some lint left over that the clogged dryer wasn’t able to remove.
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