Dryer Vent Cleaning
What are the advantages of cleaning your dryer vent?
When it comes to cleaning a dryer vent, most people will have heard that they need to clean their lint trap regularly. If they don’t the air flow will be blocked, the dryer will overheat, and a fire could start. What most people don’t realize is that a clean dryer vent is just as important. To ensure safety, reduce fire hazard risks and conserve energy, the U.S. Fire Administration suggests that homeowners clean their dryer vents annually to avoid a buildup of debris in the ventilation system. As part of its air duct cleaning services, Action Air Duct provides quality dryer vent cleaning services to Denver, CO and the surrounding areas.
How does a dryer vent work?
Dryer vents, like most appliances in your house, are probably a bit of a mystery. You know that if you put wet clothes in and press the right buttons, after a short time, dry and fluffy clothes come out. That is all most of us want to know. However, a little knowledge can save you a lot of money if you understand how your dryer actually does its job.
The dryer vent, or duct, is one of the most important parts of your dryer system. It is also the part that most people don’t think about because you can’t easily see it. This is because it is on the back of your dryer. If you didn’t have a dryer vent your dryer would not dry your clothing and the dryer might actually catch fire!
Dryers work by rotating your wet clothes in a drum with holes that allow hot air to pass over the clothes as they tumble. As the hot air passes over and through the clothes it evaporates the water and then this wet air is pushed out of the dryer by a fan. The wet air then passes through the vent to the outside of your home.
When the water evaporates, and as the clothes get closer to being fully dry, other things come off clothing that is picked up by the fan and sent through the dryer vent. Lint is the result of fibers coming off of the clothes that are drying in the dryer. No matter what those clothes are made of some fibers come off when they get heated and rubbed against other clothes. In addition, pet hair and human hair often does not get washed off in the wash and does come off when the clothes are dried. These fibers are what you see in your lint trap. If you often dry materials that shed a lot of fibers, such as natural cloths like cotton and wool, the amount of lint over time builds up very quickly.
You might think that your lint trap gets it all, especially if you are diligent about cleaning it after every drying cycle. Unfortunately, this is not true. When you pull out the lint filter, you may have noticed that in the space where the lint filter sits, there are bits of lint stuck to the sides of the space. This lint eventually makes its way into your dryer vent duct where it starts to build up. After a period of time, there will be quite a bit of this lint in your dryer duct.
The hazards of clogged dryer vents
Clogged dryer vent ducts can cause a wide range of hazards, from mild to severe.
Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
It’s essential to understand the dangers associated with failing to maintain dryer vents properly. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas created by burning of fossil fuels, including those used in Gas power dryers. When dryers are not well-maintained, they can emit high levels of CO that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and even death if precautions are not taken.
For the protection of your family and pets, call Action Air Duct today.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Service
While a homeowner can attempt to clean out a dryer vent duct, it is not recommended. Professional cleaners use tools and techniques to thoroughly clean the ducts of a dryer vent and remove any built-up debris along the walls of the vents. The snake brush will be used to scrape away any larger pieces of debris that may be stuck to the sides of the ventilation pipe, followed by vacuuming them out. The technicians will pay close attention to the bends and curves in the dryer vent pipe, as this is where lint and other debris tend to accumulate quickly. Professional dryer duct cleaners will also check that the vent opening on the outside of the house is clear of any bird nests, shrubs, and other debris that has built up over time. In conclusion, it is important to have your dryer vent ducts cleaned regularly by a professional in order to prevent any damage and ensure that the vents are working properly.
When it comes to dryer vent cleaning, hiring Action Air Duct is the best choice to protect your ducts and your home. Action Air Duct provides safe, affordable, and thorough cleaning services that will ensure your dryer vents are free of lint and other debris. This will help prevent fires caused by clogged vents and improve the efficiency of your dryer.