The significance of cleaning the dryer ventilation and air ducts cannot be overstated. Many homeowners tend to overlook one or the other, but both should be given equal attention. Cleaning the air ducts and dryer grilles involves removing dirt and dust particles from the air ducts and vents of dryers. This helps to improve indoor air quality by eliminating environmental pollutants such as VOCs, skin dandruff, and allergens. It is possible to clean the dryer vent grill yourself, but it can be a complicated process without the right equipment and it is difficult to ensure that it is done properly.
In addition, if the humid air created by the dryer can't get out, the dryer will have to work much harder to dry the clothes. If your clothes are damp after finishing the cycle, you'll probably want to clean the dryer vent. Cleaning the dryer vents can help reduce the risk of fire. If lint and dust are not removed, they can become compacted and clogged, which can lead to a fire. In addition, if these particles are not removed, they will be released into the air and spread throughout the house via the air duct system. Cleaning the dryer vents can also increase efficiency.
If your dryer is taking longer than usual to dry clothes, it may be time for a cleaning. Homeowners should clean their dryer vents at least once a year, or twice a year in areas with more dust in the atmosphere such as urban and industrial areas. To extend this period or ensure that it lasts that long, it is important to clean the dryer rack after each use and regularly clean the ventilation grilles that face outside. In some cases, regular cleaning of the dryer vent pipe can help correct certain issues. In Atlanta, cleaning dryer vents should be part of an annual regular maintenance routine for all homeowners and laundromats.
On average, it takes less than an hour for a professional to clean a dryer's vents.