The Importance of Winter Dryer Vent Cleaning

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The first day of winter is December 21st. Is your home prepared for the cold months ahead? In addition to weatherproofing, starting up the furnace, cleaning the chimney and other winter preparations; dryer vent cleaning is another task essential to the safety and comfort of your household. It is always important to have a clear dryer vent, but it is even more important that clothes dryer remains lint-free during winter. This is the season when you tend to use heavy clothing and bedding to keep the cold away, creating longer drying times and increased lint production.

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According to the U.S Fire Administration, 2,900 home fire incidents reported each year in the U.S are caused by clothes dryers. And, it is especially dangerous come winter. Dryer vent cleaning for your Prior Lake home can help reduce the dangers of a dryer fire, helping your dryer run more safely. The less debris that lingers in and around your dryer vents, the less likely it is that you will end up with a catastrophic dryer fire.

The threat of a dryer fire increases as the temperature outside drops, and with our cold winters here in Minnesota, that means professional dryer vent cleaning is essential. Cleaning the dryer vents ensures minimum buildup of lint in the lint filter as well as the seamless passage of air in the exhaust vents. While drying, an air stream will sweep through the clothes blowing the lint off your bulky winter fabrics, trapping it in the lint filter. This is the reason why more lint accumulates in your dryer during winter. Lint is highly flammable and the possibility of a dryer fire breakout increases with lint buildup.

When was the last time you had dryer vent cleaning? If you’re not sure, then this winter is the time to do it. Until then, you should be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap before or after every single load of laundry that you dry. Also, keep the area around your dryer clear of any items that could ignite. If your dryer is in need of a good cleaning, then it might run hotter than usual, and this could potentially cause items near your dryer to ignite. You may also want to air dry heavier clothing and bedding to prevent lint from massing within your dryer lint trap or vents.

Don’t put off dryer vent cleaning any longer! Help protect your home this winter and call the professionals at Dryer Vent Wizard today. For more information on dryer vent cleaning for your Prior Lake area home, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us.