New Dryer? Clean the dryer vent.
Upgrading to a new dryer may seem like the solution to faster, more efficient laundry days, but it’s important to consider all factors before making the investment. While newer models may boast more advanced features (smart devices, connecting to your apps etc), older dryers tend to be built to be durable and solid and can last longer with proper maintenance. However, even the most high-tech dryer can’t work effectively if the dryer vent is clogged with lint!
Ventless dryers, in particular, may seem appealing for their convenience, but they don’t provide the same level of efficiency as a vented dryer. Vented dryers use outdoor air to dissipate the heat generated during the drying cycle, which is important for the longevity of the appliance. On the other hand, ventless dryers rely on condensation to remove the heat and humidity generated, which can shorten the lifespan of the appliance and lead to decreased efficiency.
Apartment condos are increasingly reliant on ventless dryers as they are smaller and can fit into tight living spaces. However, due to the nature of this type of dryer, prolonged drying times have been known to increase energy costs by an alarming amount. Despite the extra expenses of using a ventless dryer, some condo owners run into further concerns such as expensive repairs or malfunctions when they rely on ventless options. Of course, when these issues arise it is often too late to acknowledge that the benefits and convenience sometimes associated with these types of dryers may not outweigh potentially costly repair fees. Apartment condo owners should always weigh the pros and cons carefully before investing in either conventional or ventless dryers.
Dryer vent cleaning is critical
Regular dryer vent cleaning is critical, regardless of whether you have an older or newer model. A clogged dryer vent can obstruct airflow, causing clothes to take longer to dry. More alarmingly, a clogged dryer vent can also pose a fire hazard. It’s especially important to have the dryer vent cleaned during the winter months, as the dry air can create a spark from static and ignite the lint inside the vent. Additionally, animals like to seek refuge in warm areas during the winter, which can include your dryer vent.
At Vacu-Man Furnace and Duct Cleaning, we understand the importance of proper dryer vent maintenance. Our family-run business has been providing reliable cleaning services for the past 40 years, including dryer vent cleaning. We can assist with installing a new vent on the outside of your home, replacing the dryer vent pipe, and ensuring that the exhaust is done correctly.
Don’t assume that a new dryer will automatically solve all your laundry woes. Consider the state of your dryer vent and take the necessary steps to ensure it’s clean and clear of any obstructions. Contact Vacu-Man today to schedule a cleaning appointment and enjoy efficient, safe laundry days.