Signs of Dryer Lint Accumulation and What to Do About It

Most people don’t consider their clothes dryer to be anything but an ordinary appliance. However, the reality is that clothes dryers are a source of considerable danger in many homes, as they are responsible for numerous fires in the United States.

In fact, clothes dryers cause around 15 thousand fires per year, and the most common identifiable factor in those fires is dryer lint ignition. Dryer lint is extremely flammable, and it can be easily ignited by the heat of a clothes dryer.

Below are the warning signs of dryer lint accumulation as well as what can be done to minimize the threat through prevention and cleaning.

Warning Signs of a Potential Dryer Lint Fire Hazard

It is crucial for homeowners to understand the warning signs that lint may be building inside their clothes dryers. Ignoring these signs can lead to catastrophe, as a deadly fire may be the end result. Here are four signs that lint is becoming a hazard inside your dryer and will need to be removed before a fire occurs.

Clothing Is Still Wet After Cycle Is Finished

If you notice that clothes are damp when the cycle finishes, then there is a strong possibility of lint accumulation inside the dryer or vent. Lint prevents the moisture from exiting the dryer through the vent and prolongs the time necessary to dry a given item of clothing.

The Lint Screen Has Not Been Regularly Cleaned

While the lint screen doesn’t prevent the need to have a dryer cleaned on a somewhat regular basis, it does capture a significant amount of lint during a cycle. Failing to clean the screen can allow lint to escape into the system and may cause damage or overheating.

If you know the lint screen hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, you can safely assume that lint has infiltrated the vent network in large amounts and will need to be removed.

Dryer Exhaust Is Restricted

                Another warning sign of excessive lint accumulation is airflow restriction at the exhaust vent. While other things can clog dryer vents, such as pests and mechanical damage, there is a high likelihood the decreased exhaust flow is due to lint blockage.

The Dryer’s Cabinet Is Noticeably Warmer

Lint accumulation inside the dryer will interfere with heat leaving the dryer, and the cabinet will become noticeably warmer as a result. As the cabinet becomes hotter, you should recognize the increasing probability of a fire.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Lint-Related Fires

If you own a clothes dryer, the good news is that you can often prevent lint-related fires. Below are a couple of strategies that will help keep your dryer, home and its occupants safer.

Clean the Lint Screen Before Every Use

As mentioned, a dirty lint screen can lead to a possible fire, so cleaning the lint screen is an important part of the clothes drying process. Take a few seconds to remove the screen and pick off any accumulated lint.

If the lint screen develops a rip or hole, immediately look for a replacement screen, as a ripped one can allow lots of lint to pass through into the dryer. Be sure to never run the dryer without its lint screen, as its use is critical to keeping lint levels low.

Have Your Clothes Dryer Professionally Cleaned

While homeowners can and should clean the lint screen prior to every use, a clothes dryer and its related vent system can be tricky to clean. That’s why it’s important to find a reliable company that can deep clean the interior of your dryer. If done correctly, professional cleaning will restore the interior of a dryer to its nearly original condition in many cases.

Proper HVAC Care and Your Allergies

With pollen polluting the air in the Northeast, it’s common to hear those around you complain about their allergy symptoms. However, did you know that your symptoms could be stemming from more than just the outdoors? Your heating and air conditioning filters could be playing a big role in how your allergies are making you feel.

Since we spend so much time indoors, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that dirty filters can make your allergies symptoms worse. Indoor air is actually four to five times more polluted than the air outside. To make things worse, dirty filters and ductwork can hold onto pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and mold, all of which can trigger allergy attacks.

Not only can your HVAC system inside of your home hold onto these allergens, but they can also spread them throughout your entire house. It’s important that you change your filters about once every two months. Aspen Air Duct Cleaning can give you a variety of filter options to best suit your home and allergies.

If you suspect that mold may be growing in your air conditioning system, Aspen Air Duct Cleaning can help with that as well. Our air conditioning service professionals can help to get your vents cleaned or replaced to give your allergy symptoms some relief.

By Mr. Duct

Keep Out Rodents and Pests in Your Home with Duct Sealing

BY AGENCY-IT

A top concern for most homeowners is to keep rodents and pests out of their homes. As much as you may keep your home clean, use pesticides, or set out traps, rodents can still penetrate the property via vents in your HVAC system. A small gap in your vents is an entryway for mice, insects, cockroaches, and other annoying pests. When they enter your home, they get a perfect hiding spot and breeding ground where pesticides will not be able to reach them.

Air duct sealing is an effective way of keeping these annoying rodents and pests out of your home. During the sealing process, air ducts are insulated from the inside, covering up holes, leaks, and other vulnerable areas of your home.

The process of duct sealing

Duct sealing mainly involves identifying gaps, cracks, and other spaces in your vents so they can be sealed. At Aspen Air Duct, our contractors will typically begin by temporarily shutting off your HVAC unit and removing vent covers. They will then carefully inspect the vent and air duct system to identify any gaps and leaks.

Vulnerable areas will be appropriately sealed from the inside to prevent any entryways that pests can use to gain access to the home.

How duct sealing keeps pests out

Your air duct system is a comfortable and convenient channel for rodents and insects to enter the home. They can sneak into gaps that are present in the air ducts and form nests and breeding grounds within these areas. Rodents such as mice also reproduce very quickly, and an infestation can begin within your walls.

Methods such as pesticides and traps have limited potential for eliminating an infestation. Using poison can cause rodents to die in your vents and spread foul odors throughout the home. Air duct sealing controls pest populations by preventing them from accessing your vents from the outside. After air duct sealing, a series of traps can be laid out within the vents to capture any existing rodents that had already penetrated your property.

Additional advantages of duct sealing

In addition to keeping rodents and pests out, air duct sealing benefits are widespread. It ensures comfort in the home through better air circulation, air quality, and efficiency of your HVAC unit.