A dryers performance relies on the ability to produce proper air flow. When your vent is clogged with lint, it restricts the airflow to the outside of your home which will reduce the performance of your dryer and lead to a shorter life of your dryer.
A clogged dryer vent restricts the airflow needed for a dryer to work properly.
A recent study showed that a dryer vent that was 62% clogged reqiured 60% more drying time and 77% more energy to dry a load of 7 full size bath towels than a clean dryer vent.
If you have ever wondered why your dryer is taking longer to dry the same clothes it was able to dry last year, your dryer vent could be clogged.
The increase in costs to your energy per dryer load will result in big increases into your monthly electric or gas bill.
01/15/2020 FEMA and US Fire Administration, US. - Every year thousands of home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January. Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.
1/31/2011 - Garden City Patch in Garden City, New York reports firefighters responded to a Popular Street fire that originated in the laundry room. “It appears that the fire started near the dryer vent hose and extended up the wall to some clothing on a shelf,” a firefighter said. The fire department reminds residents of the importance of “periodically cleaning all lint traps and dryer vent hoses.”
3/19/2001 - Lake Country News reports officials are warning homeowners to have their dryer vent piping checked after a fire caused over $60,000 in damages to a home in Antioch, Illinois. Fire Chief John Dixon said, “It was overheated lint in the piping that sparked the fire.”