How to Clean a Dryer Vent for Maximum Efficiency and Safety

Doing laundry is a necessary chore, but it's also important to remember that it can be dangerous. If you don't regularly clean your dryer vent, you could be putting your home at risk of a fire. To keep your dryer running smoothly and efficiently, and to reduce the risk of a fire, it's essential to clean the dryer vent regularly. The best way to keep your dryer vent clean is to remove the lint from the dryer every time you use it.

This is especially important if you use dryer towels. Not only will this help keep the dryer vent clean, but it will also improve the drying time of the machine and decrease the risk of home fires. If you have pets that shed or a large family that requires your electric or gas dryer to be in constant use, you should count on additional cleanings throughout the year. Dryers should be cleaned at least once a year. If clothes take longer and longer to dry, the machine gets surprisingly hot to the touch, or (red alert) you notice a burning smell when the dryer is on, you should clean the vents and ducts immediately.

While doing so, make sure to check that the dryer's outdoor ventilation is also in good working order. You can buy dryer rack cleaning kits with super long brushes, but you can also improvise with a rolled rag tied to a stick. Now that the cleaning is over, it's time to plug the dryer back in and reconnect the duct to the dryer vent. To make future cleanings easier and keep your dryer running better, reduce the amount of dust and lint in and around the dryer. This can reduce how often you need to clean the dryer vent.

If you're not sure what you're doing at any point, call a professional dryer cleaning service. Cleaning the dryer vent not only protects your home, but it also makes the dryer work properly and efficiently. The dryer ventilation brush kit comes with a lint brush and flexible segments that you can connect to each other, depending on the length of the dryer ducts. A lack of routine maintenance could put your home at risk of fire if you don't regularly clean the lint filter and dryer vent.

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Bart Iacopino

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