Save Energy And Be Safe With These Dryer Vent Tips
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. If clothing is often damp at the end of a drying cycle, the lint screen or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To prevent a smoke damage or fire damage:
- Clean the lint screen/filter before each load of clothes.
- Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct annually. Check the outside dryer vent whole the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping.
- Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically.
- Replace plastic or foil accordion-type ducting with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal ducting.
- Wash clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline or cleaning agents more than once and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle.
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