Whether you don’t mind it, or you dislike it, laundry seems to be one of those never-ending chores. And while many homeowners dutifully clean the lint trap between dryer loads, they often forget to have the actual dryer vent cleaned regularly.

Where Does Lint Come From?

Clothing is made up of small fibers that wear down and break off over time, especially while our laundry rubs together during the washing and drying cycles. Small bits of lint stick to our clothes in the washer only to be lifted off and removed in the dryer. As the hot, humid air is safely vented out of your home, the fluff is filtered through your lint trap for easy cleaning.

Not all fuzz is caught in the lint trap—some lint gets into the dryer’s exhaust vent and builds up over time. This exhaust vent travels from the dryer to the exterior of the home.  Professional companies like Dryer Ducks not only clean these vents but can also repair or re-route them to vent more efficiently. Read on to learn more about the importance of cleaning this lint out of your dryer vent.

Reduce the risk of a fire.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers cause approximately 2,900 fires per year with an estimated $35 million in property damages and around 100 injuries. Dryers run surprisingly hot, with many models reaching temperatures up to 155°F on the high setting. A build-up of dry, fuzzy lint drying at high temperatures can ignite and start a fire in your home.

Improve energy efficiency and performance.

Is your dryer struggling to dry your clothes in one cycle? A clogged dryer vent could be to blame! Clothes dryers rely heavily on air circulation—steam needs to be vented for your clothes to dry properly. Having your dryer vent professionally cleaned on a regular basis can improve your dryer’s energy efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills each month.

Reduce the need for repairs.

If your appliances have to work harder than intended, they’ll wear down faster over time—increasing the need for repairs. And no one wants to be caught with a broken-down dryer when the laundry is piling up! Keep your clothes dryer in great shape with regular maintenance, including having the vent professionally cleaned. Dryer ducts should be cleaned once a year for optimal performance. Dryer Ducks offers Free, annual inspections to keep you informed and aware.  The team at Dryer Ducks is here to help with all your dryer duct needs—including cleaning, re-routing, and more. Visit our website for a complete list of services, or call 509-315-1119 to book your Free Inspection appointment today!

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