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Dryer vent cleaning might be way down the list of your household maintenance to-do items, but it shouldnt be. According to figuresprovided by the U.S. Fire Administration (a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency), an average of 15 fatalities and 400 injuries occurred each year from 2002 to 2004 due to clothes dryer fires. Nearly 16,000 structure fires were blamed on clothes dryers, and those fires caused approximately $99 million in damage. Eighty percent of those fires were in residential buildings.

It is vital for homeowners to have an experienced professional inspect your system and perform dryer vent cleaning. If a dryer has poor ventilation, it has to work overtime. This not only reduces the efficiency of the unit, resulting in higher electricity bills, but also can potentially create a health hazard. A fire that starts in a dryer vent can quickly engulf a home and everyone in it. Another potential health hazard, mold and mildew accumulation, occurs when moisture combines with lint. They can both rapidly take hold in your dryer vent and become a serious problem especially if someone in your home suffers from asthma.

 

When a dryer needs to work harder to do its job due to a vent malfunction, it is putting excessive strain on the motor. Keeping dryer vents clear of lint and other debris will not only prolong the life of the appliance, it will also alleviate the danger of a fire. The cost of having an Approved Comfort professional come to your home to inspect and clean your dryer vent will be more than offset through improved efficiency in the long run. And when considering the cost associated with a potential fire of any size, the justification of spending money to have your vents maintained is obvious.

 

If you havent had your dryer vent cleaned in a long time especially if you havent had it done at all dont hesitate to give Approved Comfort a call immediately. The longer you wait, the more likely you will be to encounter a serious problem. Approved Comfort offers free inspections of dryer vents, which include removal of your dryer and disconnections of your vent line for full inspection of its design and integrity. If necessary, we will clean your vent or replace it and install a new one. Our teams work in a methodical manner for lasting quality and safety assurance, and, if requested, will be more than happy to share tips on maintaining your dryer vent system.