Cleaning out a dryer vent needs to be completed yearly. A clogged dryer vent can develop multiple issues for a home.
Fire hazard – A clogged dryer vent is a severe fire hazard. If heat from the dryer can not vent properly, dryer lint is susceptible to igniting. Protect your home by ensuring you get the dryer vent cleaned regularly and always empty out the lint trap after use.
Increase efficiency – A clogged dryer vent will increase drying times. This will increase the electrical bill. A clean dryer vent will promote efficiency and allow for the clothes to dry faster.
Improved air quality – If a dryer vent is clogged, humidity can build up in and around the dryer. This can cause microbial growth in and around the unit.
Signs a dryer vent needs to be cleaned – Clothes taking longer to dry than normal is a sign the dryer vent needs to be cleaned. A burning smell or mildew smell is another good indicator. Also, extra lint buildup is a sign of a dryer vent becoming more clogged.