How to Clean Your Dryer Vent and Keep Your Home Safe

Cleaning lint from the dryer duct is essential for keeping your home safe and reducing your electric bill. Using the hose attachment of a vacuum or workshop vacuum is the best way to clean in and around the hole in the back of the dryer. If you can separate the length of the duct where it attaches to the wall, it will make it easier to clean. Plug in the workshop vacuum and use the long hose attachment, which can extend a significant distance in the dryer vent.

Turn on the vacuum and start by vacuuming up any loose lint around the ventilation opening. Then, slide the workshop vacuum hose through the dry exhaust vent to collect as much debris as possible. Check outside to make sure that both air and remaining lint are exiting the vent before turning off the dryer and replacing the outdoor vent cover. If you don't clean your dryer vents regularly, lint can accumulate in them, increasing your risk of fire and reducing your dryer's efficiency. To get into hard-to-reach places, you can use a brush attached to a drill for extra cleaning power.

You can also have experts at AIRPRO Indoor Air Solutions professionally clean your dryer vents for a cleaner, healthier indoor environment. Cleaning your dryer vents will help them last longer, as they won't suffer from having to push hot air through a clogged vent. A clogged dryer vent can prolong drying cycles and even cause fires. Other signs that you need to clean your dryer vent include clothes not being completely dry when cycles end or taking longer than usual to dry. Some dryer hoses simply slide into their ventilation connection bracket, while others are fixed with screws. Cleaning dryer vents is an important project that should be done every year, and summer is an ideal time for it.

Venting gas dryers in garages can cause toxic fumes to increase inside enclosed spaces, posing a significant danger to anyone inside. The indoor vent end is usually located directly behind or above the dryer, while outdoor vent ends are usually located outside near laundry rooms. When you're done outside, sweep or vacuum any hair, lint, and other debris that has fallen through your dryer's ventilation grille inside. Clogged dryer vents are major causes of fires, so it's important to know how to clean them. Some apartment-sized electric dryers can be vented indoors, but this can cause mold and other serious humidity-related problems. Cleaning your dryer vents does more than protect your home from fires and carbon monoxide leaks; it also saves you money on your electric bill.

Enjoy a cleaner home with fewer risks by cleaning your dryer vents regularly.

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Bart Iacopino

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