How often should I clean my dryer vents?

When we think of crucial home maintenance, we tend to think of tasks such as winterizing pipes, changing air filters, or testing smoke detectors.

As homeowners are caught up in clearing their gutters or blowing out their irrigation sprinklers, a crucial task often gets overlooked: clearing out your dryer vents. While it seems inconsequential, dryer vent cleaning and proper duct cleaning is crucial to the longevity and, most importantly, the safety of your home. But how often should you clean out your dryer vents?

The answer is “it depends”.

At a minimum, you should be cleaning out your dryer vents once a year. However, you may need to clean your dryer vent more frequently based on a variety of variables. For instance, if you have a bigger family or growing children, you’ll likely be running more loads through your washer and dryer and, therefore, produce more lint that will need to be cleared from your dryer vent more often. Additionally, if you have pets, pet hair and dander makes its way from our clothes into your dryer vent and clogs it fairly quickly, necessitating that your dryer vent be cleared more often.

We put together this quick guide to help you determine how often your vents should be serviced, and some warning signs that they may already be clogged. 

Why should I clean my dryer vents?

The most preeminent danger that is presented by poor duct cleaning is the risk of house fire. When you neglect to clean out your dryer vents, lint them up and restricts air flow and causes exhaust gasses put off by your dryer to build up, creating a perfect environment for fire to break out. Upwards of 15,000 clothes dryer fires are reported annually, resulting in hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. In fact, one in twenty house fires involve dryers, and the leading cause of dryer fires comes simply from improper dryer vent cleaning.

Backed up dryer vents and poor duct cleaning create a perfect home for pests. When your vent is clogged with lint, the duct hood flap on the exterior of your home may not close all the way, creating an entrance for birds, rodents, and bugs to make home in your ducts.

In addition, homeowners who regularly clean their dryer vents enjoy more efficient dryer cycles, which, in turn, lowers their energy bill and saves them money! There are an untold number of benefits to be reaped from regular cleaning of your dryer vents.

Warning signs of a blocked dryer vent

If you aren’t sure whether your dryer vent needs to be cleared, keep an eye out for a few clear warning signs that it may be time.

If your clothes simply aren’t getting dry and are taking a several dryer cycles to dry out, it is most likely time to clean out your dryer vent.

If the air in your laundry room is noticeably warmer than the rest of your house, it can be a sign that the dryer vent needs cleaning, as the warm air from your dryer can’t be directed outside.

If you notice any of these warning signs, it may be time to invest in professional dryer vent services. Ensure that your home’s dryer vents are properly cleaned and maintained by calling All Around Home Care! We have several years of experience and offer several dryer vent services. We want to help you keep your home same and your energy bills low. We offer an annual service package that includes dryer vent services and maintenance at competitive rates!

We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction and offer free estimates to solve your most challenging and pressing dryer vent cleaning problems.