Facts about home clothes dryer fires
- 2,900 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.
- The leading cause of home cloths dryer fires is failure to clean them.
Dryer vents are something that for most people, is not top of mind. However, it is something that is absolutely necessary for home maintenance. A clogged up dryer vent is extremely dangerous. Everybody knows to clean the lint screen, but have you ever realized just how flammable that lint is? It literally is excellent tinder to catch a spark to build a fire (If you have a fire pit, try it). If that vent clogs up and cannot expel the heat from your dryer, it will build up and could cause a fire. All scare tactics aside, it is not something that is extremely common, but it does happen even though it is very easy to avoid.
Your dryer and vent should be cleaned at least once per year. Not only will it help prevent drier fires, but it will help your cloths dry faster. The moisture in your cloths doesn't just disappear, it is expelled through the dryer vent. So, the less freely air can flow through the vent, the less efficient it will be in drying, which means it will run longer and cost you more in your electric bill.
Call Top Standard A/C to have your dryer vent cleaned today!
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