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Why Dryer Vent Cleaning Is So Important

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Every time you use the dryer, one of the key steps is to clean out the lint filter before you start up the cycle. If you don’t, your clothes will not dry as fast and the dryer will run for longer, wasting power. This same principle applies to the dryer vent that runs from the dryer to the outside of the house, although on a larger scale and with more important implications.

The dryer vent exhausts the heat from the inside of the dryer to the outside, and it also takes a large amount of lint fibers with it, which will start to build up inside the vent. You should have the dryer vent cleaned out on a regular basis to remove the link accumulation, usually once annually, although if you use the dryer frequently you may need to schedule cleaning more often. A professional service can take care of this job for you fast and effectively. Contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today and arrange for dryer vent cleaning in Palm Bay, FL.

Why is it so important to have the dryer vent cleaned? There are two reasons:

  • Fire safety: The heat inside a dryer is intense—it has to be in order to dry clothes in a short, efficient time. But a dangerous side effect of this heat is that it can cause fibers, which are highly combustible, to burst into flames and start a house fire. This is a serious problem that caused 15,000 fires in 2010 alone in the U.S. This isn’t a risk that you want to take with your dryer, so make sure that it is professionally cleaned. Also, a dryer that is not venting properly will become excessively hot on the outside, which can be dangerous for people who might touch it.
  • Dryer efficiency: The same way a blocked lint filter will keep your clothes from drying effectively, a clogged dryer vent will cause your dryer to run inefficiently in general. The inability to vent the air from the inside of the dryer will trap moisture inside and make it much harder to dry your clothes. You will need to keep the dryer running longer and longer in order to reach the desired temperature. Not only will this raise your bills, but it can damage your clothes.

If you notice that your dryer is no longer working as well as it once was, and you keep finding damp clothes at the end of the wash cycle, then you probably have a clogged dryer vent and need to call for professionals to clean it before it turns into a safety hazard.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. can offer you fast & professional service whenever you need dryer vent cleaning in Palm Bay, FL and the surrounding areas. 

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When Is It Necessary to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Friday, July 4th, 2014

What is the first thing you do after you load up the dryer with damp clothes? Clean out the lint trap. Without a clean trap, your dryer will have a much harder time venting, and this will end up trapping moisture inside and leading to clothes that stay damp even after an hour at the highest heat level.

There’s another cleaning your dryer may need, although it isn’t one you do for every load of wash: cleaning out the vent that exhausts the heat from the system to the outside. Unless this vent receives regular cleaning, it will not only make the dryer less efficient, it can also lead to a serious fire hazard when the heat inside ignites the highly flammable lint. Thousands of home fires each year (15,000 in 2010, according to the National Fire Protection Association) result from clogged dryer vents igniting.

For thorough professional dryer vent cleaning in Rockledge, FL, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We specialize in duct cleaning, and bring the same knowledge and skill to cleaning out your dryer vent so your family will stay safe and your dryer efficient.

How to detect that you need dryer vent cleaning

  • Clothes are not getting dry enough: If you clean the lint filter with every load, yet your clothes still come out damp, then you are losing efficiency somewhere in the system—and it’s likely in the dryer vent. If you need to run the dryer longer and longer to effectively finish a load, it’s time to check out the vent to see if it needs cleaning.
  • Clothes or the dryer feel exceptionally hot: When a load of laundry is done in the dryer, the clothes should feel warm to the touch… not hot enough that you can’t actually touch it. If this is the case—and the outside of the dryer also feels extremely hot—then heat is not exhausting from the system, and you will need to have the vent looked at.
  • Burning smells when the dryer runs: When lint starts to catch fire in the exhaust tube, you will detect an acrid odor. Stop using the dryer immediately and call for professional vent cleaning.
  • More than a year has passed since the last cleaning: You should make dryer vent cleaning an annual routine, since a year is sufficient time for a build-up of lint to begin to clog up the vent. Get ahead of the problems of damp clothes warning you that you need cleaning and schedule the work now.

The clothing dryer is one of the great modern home conveniences; don’t let it turn into an inefficient energy drain or a serious danger!

Call for dryer vent cleaning in Rockledge, FL from Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We can also take care of your ductwork cleaning during the same visit.

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Why You Need Both Duct Cleaning and Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The ductwork in your home is designed to maintain a sealed environment—from your heater and air conditioner all the way to the room vents; this prevents loss of pressure. But this enclosed system also means it’s difficult to avoid a dust build-up inside the ducts, and after a few years it can get quite dirty in there. Even though you can’t see the inside of your home’s ductwork, it’s important to have it as clean as possible.

The same is true for the vent on your dryer, another system often hidden from sight. This vent exhausts excess hot air from your dryer to the outside, and a dust and dirt contamination inside can cause problems that you definitely want to avoid.

Here’s why it’s important that you schedule cleaning for both your ductwork and your dryer vent if you’ve neglected them for too long. Next Generation handles dryer vent and duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL. One call can take care of both jobs.

Why clean your ducts: The EPA has identified poor indoor air quality as a major health risk to Americans. Because our homes are tightly protected against the outdoors with insulation and seals around doors and windows, fresh air has little chance of getting in, and bad air little chance of getting out. If your ducts becomes clogged with dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and other pollutants, your indoor air can become less than ideal for your and your family. This can lead to respiratory trouble, eye irritation, coughing, sinus congestion, and headaches.

In addition, a dirty set of ducts will lower the efficiency of your home comfort system, making it work harder to maintain its target temperature. This will raise your power bills and make your system age faster, requiring more repairs and possibly an early replacement.

Why clean your dryer vent: If the vent from your dryer becomes clogged, the difficulty releasing exhaust will make your dryer expend extra energy to dry your clothes. You’ll end up with damp clothes—and higher energy bills. But more importantly, a dirty vent poses a potential fire hazard. The heat inside the vent can cause the trapped lint to ignite. Having the vent clear of excess obstructions will keep you and your family safer.

As alarming as problems from contaminated ducts and dryer vents sound, you can solve both problems with professional cleaning. You’ll have a difficult time doing the work yourself, and you don’t want to risk causing ruptures in ducts or damage to your dryer. Rely on experts to take care of it. When you want dryer vent and duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation for fast, high quality work.

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HVAC Safety Tip: Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

It’s important to maintain the ventilation system in your Barefoot Bay home for many reasons. Increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system and lowering your utility bills are a few of them, but safety is the best reason to keep your vents clean, particularly your clothes dryer vent.

Clothes dryers are one of the leading causes of house fires each year. Poorly maintained venting systems and improper installation are usually the cause. Protect your home with these maintenance and safety tips.

Even if you clean out the lint trap after each use, lint can still get trapped in the exhaust vent and cause a fire hazard or a potential carbon monoxide leak with gas dryers. Maintaining proper ventilation for a clothes dryer includes cleaning out the exhaust duct and hose. To do this, you just need to unplug your dryer and detach the hose, which can be removed with common household tools. If you already do this regularly and find an abnormal amount of lint and debris, call an HVAC technician to inspect it. There could be something in the duct system blocking the ventilation for your dryer.

At least once a year, you should also have a qualified technician inspect and clean your exhaust duct and make sure you have the proper style hose. If you have a foil or vinyl hose, you should replace it with a flexible metal one that is fireproof. You might want to consider installing a dryer box, which protects the flexible hose and saves space.

Dryers that aren’t properly installed or put in areas that could create hazards are often found in older homes; however, some newer homes are built with designs that create longer ventilation paths and more potential for debris to get trapped inside the ducts.

Don’t wait until a hidden safety issue turns into a fire or carbon monoxide hazard in your Barefoot Bay home. Inspect and clean your exhaust hose and duct today!

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