Believe it or not, clothes dryers are responsible for roughly 15,000 fires every year, not to mention over $80 million in property damage, 300+ injuries, and 20 deaths that result from those fires. Accordingly, having your dryer vent cleaned properly on a regular basis can make a huge difference in your comfort and safety.
In addition to a reduced risk of fire, here are some of the other benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned:
Everyone’s clothes dryers would run more efficiently and use far less energy when the vents are properly cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning the vents will extend the life of your dryer, lower your utility bills, and keep you and your family safe inside your home.
If you are still wondering whether hiring a dryer vent cleaning service is worth it, consider the other costs… more wear and tear on your dryer, higher utility bills, and the risk of a house fire. Many condominium and apartment complexes require it on an annual or bi-annual basis for the safety of all residents. If yours doesn’t, ask management why not.
Ensure that you work with a licensed, insured and NADCA certified dryer vent cleaning company to get the highest quality professional service.
Professional contractors that specialize in the cleaning of air ducts and dryer vents will tell you that there is much more involved with these services than simply cleaning out the air passageways of your HVAC and dryer’s venting system.
As your dryer vents hot air to the outside of your home, clothing fibers and lint get vented out with it. Over time, that debris builds up and clogs the hose, which can eventually lead to problems. When dryer vents get clogged, your dryer has to work harder and is less energy-efficient. So your clothes do not dry properly, the cost of your monthly utility bills increase, and there is an increased risk of a fire starting. Once a fire starts, it can move through the walls and eventually engulf the whole house in flames.
Cleaning out your dryer vent's hose and dryer duct may not be that easy. If you are uncertain about the condition of your dryer vents, you should consult Dapper Ducts, Inc. If you have the dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis by our professional NADCA certified company, you can avoid the risk of a fire occurring and other hazards.
How to Avoid Being Scammed
One of the fastest growing segments of the HVAC industry is air duct cleaning services. Unfortunately, this segment of the industry is not immune to fraudulent activities and scams. So you need to learn how to identify when a company is not out to serve your best interests. Consumer magazines warn people about different scams all the time so you should read up on this topic whenever you get the chance. Here are 3 valuable tips.
Always get a written estimate – before you commit to any air duct cleaning company or contractor, get a service estimate. Trustworthy companies will always provide you with one when requested. The services should be listed along with the job details, number of ducts they will be cleaning, and when you can expect the service to be performed. Many brand name stores we all recognize now offer air duct cleaning and end up charging much more than the "deal" they tell you about at the beginning.
Beware of prices that are too good to be true – you’ve heard the old cliché time and time again . . . “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” Scams in the air duct cleaning industry are no exception to this rule. Frequently you will see coupons advertising whole house air duct cleaning for $49.99, $69.99, or some price that is ridiculously too low. But when they come out to your home, that price will be 10 to 20 times more than what was printed on the coupon.
Inquire about industry association memberships – reputable companies or contractors should be members of certain industry associations including the National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association, NADCA, ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), the IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association), and the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Again, just because the truck or van has the name of a big box store you recognize does not mean they are certified.
Thankfully, our air duct and dryer vent cleaning services are NADCA approved and we’re an ethical business that won’t sell you a service you don’t need or rip you off. Customer service is paramount to our reputation and thus, we provide the best service in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.
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