Clean Dryer Vents, Repair Dryer Vents, Properly Install Dryer Vents, Prevent Fires, Save Energy

One of the main concerns consumers have when purchasing new appliances is energy efficiency. Clothes dryers are among the top five energy users in your home. When looking at clothes dryers, choose one that has automatic sensors that shut the dryer off when the clothes are dry.

Clean dryer vents to maximize air flow, prevent dryer fires and reduce energy consumption. Proper installation of dryer vent systems is also very important. If you are not sure if your dryer vent system is up to code, then you should have an inspection done by a dryer vent installation specialist.

Here are some additional energy saving facts about clothes dryers:

What is better, Electric or Gas?

Gas dryers typically cost about half as much to operate than electric dryers. Check with you local appliance store for information about the operating costs for both gas and electric on the model you are considering.

Install Dryer Vents to Vent Outside!

By law, all dryers must be vented to the outdoors; not the basement, attic or craw space. The combination of heat and moisture can produce mold which is harmful to your health. Mold and mildew also causes damage to the walls and ceilings in your home. In addition, you should also be concerned about carbon monoxide if you have a gas dryer.

Dryer Vent Installation Code

Dryer vent exhaust ducts should be made of rigid metal, not flexible foil or vinyl. The dryer duct should be 4 inches in diameter with a smooth interior. The entire dryer vent pipe should be short and straight for optimum air-flow. 45 degree and 90 degree turns slow down the air-flow and put stress on the dryer. A very long duct also slows down air-flow, causing the dryer to labor and use more energy.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

There are tools available for homeowners to purchase for cleaning their dryer ducts. One is a brush that attaches to a long, flexible rod. There is also a vent cleaning augur brush that rotates on a cordless drill. Dryer lint also accumulates inside the dryer, around the drum, motor, heating element, etc…

Some dryer vents are short, straight and easy for the homeowner to get to. Others require special tools and the expertise of a dryer vent cleaning professional.

No matter how energy efficient your clothes dryer is, it will cost an additional $200 – 300 per year to operate if it does not get proper air flow. Dryer vent cleaning and proper dryer vent installation is important for preventing fires and reducing energy cost.

This article was written by D. Benson, franchise leader of Dryer Vent Wizard, the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation companies in the US. Dryer Vent Wizard is meeting their goal to make one million clothes dryers safer and greener by the year 2010.

Dryer Vent Wizard of Central Indiana provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation, dryer vent inspections and all dryer vent services for homes and businesses in Boise, ID; Charlotte, NC; San Diego, CA; Leesburg, VA; Arlington, VA, Fairfax, VA; Connecticut; Raleigh, NC; Washington DC, VA; Livonia, MI; Denver, CO; Cleveland, OH; Boston, MA; Massachusetts, New Hampshire; Birmingham, MI; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Wausau, WI; Long Island, NY; Sacramento, CA; Temecula, CA; Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; Minneapolis, MN; St. Joseph, MO; Kansas City, MO; Boca Raton, FL; Atlanta, GA; York, PA; Lancaster, PA; Nashville, TN; Murfreesboro, TN; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Santa Rosa, CA; Vallejo, CA; San Francisco, CA; Fresno, CA; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Birmingham, AL; Baltimore, MD; Pittsburg, PA; Modesto, CA; Syracuse, NY and neighboring cities and communities.

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