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The Value of Air Duct Cleaning

Chimneys and fireplaces are not the only source of fire hazards in your home. Even a home with no fireplace is at risk of fire when the dryer vent is not maintained properly. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report there were over 5,000 clothes dryer fires in 2012. It is the goal of the CSIA Certified Exhaust Technician® to bring this number down year by year. How? Through public education and industry standards!

Raise Efficiency, Save Money

Your clothes dryer can be more efficient if you clean it of lint and debris. Many homeowners just assume that running the dryer through two or three cycles is normal for an old appliance. This couldn’t be more wrong. If your appliance doesn’t complete the job in one cycle, then it is a hazard. It is most likely clogged with lint which doesn’t only cause you to spend more in utilities, but also poses a serious fire hazard.

Lengthen the Life of Your Appliance

Because the efficiency of your clothes dryer drastically decreases when it is used improperly, its life is shortened significantly. If you have to run the dryer through two or three cycles, it is essentially shortening the life of the appliance by half or three times. Save money in the long run by properly maintaining your clothes dryer from the beginning.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Intrusion

Many homeowners don’t think twice about running a clothes dryer without a dryer vent hose. They think it will help heat the house. This is never recommended. In fact, this allows carbon monoxide into your home, affecting your air quality, and putting your family’s health at risk. When the dryer creates heat to dry the clothes, it also creates carbon monoxide and other harmful gases that can adversely affect the air quality in your home.

Did You Know?

  • There is a specified size that dryer vent ducts should be in order to properly vent. Your local community has specific codes that regulate even your dryer vent hose for your safety!
  • The length of your dryer’s exhaust hose, or vent duct, should not exceed 25 ft. In fact, every 90 degree angle the hose makes actually adds 5 feet.
  • Dryer vents are their own unit, should not vent into any other system such as the chimney, and should vent outside only.
  • Your dryer vent’s outside hood should be equipped to prevent back drafts in order to avoid the gases coming back into the hose.
  • There should be a metal transition duct between the dryer and the exhaust hose.
  • Flexible transition ducts should not be used in a crawl space, attic, or inside a wall.
  • The CSIA Certified Exhaust Technician® is the only nationally recognized certification of its kind.

Need other facts regarding your clothes dryer vent? If so, you should study your owner’s manual. In addition, ask your technician when the appliance is installed. While they often install their own clothes dryers, it is likely that most homeowners don’t know the safest ways to do so – or the local codes to adhere to. It’s also important to make sure your clothes dryer is covered under your home owners insurance. Plus, that you follow the recommendations of your policy concerning your clothes dryer.

For further information, you can contact a clothes dryer vent expert at Magic Sweep. Call 757-828-0404 or request an appointment online.

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