In-home laundry equipment has come a long way. It was not so long ago that having a wringer was being high-tech! But even as washers and dryers have progressed, some aspects of doing laundry remain the same and one of those is: lint. Clean dryer vents and ducts are important because ducts can get clogged with lint and cause quite a few potential problems. Here are some:
Clogged Vents Increase Energy Costs
Without good airflow, your dryer has to work harder and any appliance that works harder is using more energy to do its job. More energy = more money.
Decreased Lifespan of Your Appliances
Nothing seems to last as long as it used to, but your washer and dryer should have good long lives, but they won’t if they are working harder than they should. Motors and heating elements wear out over time and if they are working too hard, they will use up their working lifetimes more quickly.
Shorter Lifespan of Your Clothes
It’s bad enough when the kids outgrow their clothes quickly, but clothes wearing out quickly is really annoying. Heat over long periods does more damage to clothes and you really want them going around the dryer for as short a time as possible. When your vents and ducts are clogged with lint, the dryer takes a long time–maybe even more than one cycle–to dry your clothes, keeping them in the heat for too long.
Increased Fire Danger
Our biggest reason for wanting you to keep your vents and ducts clean, however, is safety. Thousands of home fires start every year because of clogged dryer vents and ducts building up flammable lint to a high temperature and then catching fire. Fire safety isn’t just for the kitchen!
When was the last time you cleaned out your lint trap? Go do it! And if you haven’t had your vents and ducts cleaned for a few years, the time has come!