There are two basic reasons that dryer vent cleaning should be performed on a regular basis – energy efficiency and fire safety. So how frequently should you clean out your dryer vent exhaust duct? Well, that truly depends on how often your dryer is used to dry your bedding, clothing, linens, and anything else. But a good standard is at least once each year.
The average person needs a thorough dryer vent cleaning performed at least once each year. How is average defined? Average use is doing two or three loads every two or three days. However, there are always going to be exceptions to this particular rule. For instance, if you use your dryer every day, you might need to clean out the exhaust and venting every 4 to 6 months. Conversely, if you are only drying one or two loads per week, then you may only need to clean the vent every year and a half to two years.
If you follow these dryer vent cleaning recommendations, your dryer should function properly for many years to come. If you fail to clean your dryer vent regularly, the result will be a dryer that does not operate properly. Your dryer will have to work much harder and longer which means that it will use more energy and your monthly utility bills will be higher. This also means the dryer’s life expectancy will be lower.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 17,000 fires every year are caused by clogged dryer vents and improperly cleaned out lint traps. Obviously, you don’t want your family and home to be one of these statistics. Protect your home and the people and pets living in it by calling Dapper Ducts to have this essential service completed.
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