Most people do not know that clean dryer vents are actually important and beneficial to have. Not only do clean dryer vents improve efficiency of your dryer, lower energy costs, but more importantly they make you safer from fire in your home.
Your lint trap traps about 60% of the lint, the other 40% goes up and through your dryer vent and dryer vent system. The accumulation of lint in the dryer vent or dryer vent system is a real fire hazard.
98% of your dryer vent cannot be seen. The only part that visible is the dryer exhaust; transition hose and the roof exhaust vent or exterior wall vent on some multi-story dwellings. Most of the dryer vent is in a confined area inside your walls, floor joist, crawl space and attic.
A lot of times what you do not see, you forget about. A confined area is a problem because when a fire starts or extends in a confined area or space it may not be noticed as quickly as a fire in an open area.
Advantages of Dryer Vent Cleaning:
- SAVE MONEY: Every time your dryer goes through a cycle (45-60 minutes) you add about $0.70 to your power bill.
- SAVE TIME AND AGGRAVATION: If your clothes are not drying in one cycle think of the time that is wasted in doing laundry.
- PREVENT FIRE: In Canada 15,000 structure fires a year are caused by clogged or blocked dryer vents. Dozens of deaths, hundreds of injuries and over One-Hundred Million Dollars in property loss are also attributed to dryer vent fires.
The Dryer Vent System Includes:
- Lint Trap/Funnel to Dryer exhaust
- 4″ dryer exhaust – Back of dryer
- Transition Hose – Silver hose that takes heated moist lint filled air into dryer vent elbow.
- Dryer Vent Elbow – 4″ pipe coming out of wall that elbows into 4″ dryer vent inside wall.
- Dryer Vent – Vertical 4″ tube that runs from Dryer vent elbow through interior wall, through attic area and exits through roof at dryer vent roof exhaust.
- Dryer Vent Roof Exhaust – This is the gooseneck or curly cue on your roof where the dryer’s heated moist lint filled air comes out. Inside this gooseneck you have a flapper and a small section or wire mesh.
All parts of the dryer vent exhaust system get caked with lint over a period of time.
The professional cleaning process cleans all the parts and areas of your dryer vent system from the lint trap to the roof exhaust vent.
Click here to learn more about the risks of dirty/clogged dryer vents on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) website.