Safe and Efficient

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Energy Efficient Appliances

Besides the refrigerator, the washer and dryer are the two most expensive appliances to operate.  There are many things homeowners can do to save energy, especially in the laundry room.  Professional dryer vent installation and regular dryer vent cleaning are not only good for appliance performance and efficiency, but they are also critical in preventing dryer fires.

The dryer vent system removes heat and moisture from your home as tumbling laundry dries.  With gas dryers, carbon monoxide and other combustion gases are also being vented outdoors…hopefully! 

Proper dryer vent installation and regular dryer vent cleaning ensures dryers operate safely and efficiently.  When dryer ducts are full of lint and dust, air flow is reduced and the dryer works harder, using more energy.  The cost of dryer vent cleaning is easily recovered in reduced energy bills.

Dryer Fire Prevention

Over 17,000 dryer fires occur annually with most of them caused by clogged dryer vents.  Improper dryer vent installation or using a vinyl dryer duct is a serious fire hazard.

The vinyl or flexible foil hose can catch and trap lint between the coils where a smooth metal duct works more efficiently.  These ducts are not UL approved for any dryer and should be replaced immediately with a rigid aluminum duct.

The smooth metal ducts allow for less lint accumulation and they are easier to clean.  Regular dryer vent cleaning is necessary to remove lint accumulation in all dryer vent systems, even the very best.  There is no maintenance-free dryer vent system.

Proper Dryer Vent Installation

Dryer vent installation is not too difficult; however, there are some important guidelines that are critical to safety and efficiency.  Poorly installed dryer vent systems contribute to fire hazards and increased energy bills due to poor airflow.

Professional dryer vent installation is recommended to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.  Here are some tips for DIY homeowners:

  • Most building codes require dryer ducts to be no more than 25 feet long, the shorter, the better, and as few 45 degree and 90 degree bends as possible.
  • Ducts should be smooth metal 4 inches in diameter
  • Do not join pieces with screws that could protrude to the inside and catch lint
  • Install a proper dryer vent on the outside of the home.  Avoid using the flapper type that can let in cold air and allow bugs and rodents easy access to your home.
  • Have a certified professional inspect the job to be sure it has been done correctly.  Know that poorly vented gas dryers can be a carbon monoxide hazard.

Energy Saving Drying Tips

  • Have a washer with a good spin cycle so clothes dry more quickly in the dryer. 
  • Use the auto-dry cycle, if you have it, so that the dryer automatically goes to cool down and then shuts off when clothes are dry.  This will preserve clothing as well because over-drying leads to pre-mature wear.
  • If your appliances are old and your budget is tight, replace the washer with a high-efficiency model for the biggest energy savings.  This way, you will be saving energy with both appliances.  Saving energy using the dryer begins with an energy efficient washer.

More Efficient Drying Tips

  • Clean the lint trap after every load
  • Do not over load the dryer
  • Do only full loads
  • Do back-to-back loads to use the residual heat left in the dryer after previous loads
  • Separate heavy from light items to make more efficient use of the dryer
  • Try line drying some laundry, like sheets and towels.  Fluff in the dryer for a few minutes after dry
  • Use drying racks to begin drying heavier items and then finish in the dryer.  This will help add moisture to the air during the dry winter months and help save energy used by a humidifier

Proper installation and maintenance is required on all home appliances that are working so hard to make your life easier.  Care for them well and they will perform efficiently and last longer.

Robb Vandenberg, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, is the “go to guy” for dryer vent services in Northeast Wisconsin.  He is a solutions specialist, technically trained and competent, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering.  Robb is a fully insured, professional technician working to the highest level of integrity…he does exactly what he promises to do.

Over 80 percent of American homes and many businesses have clothes dryers which need to be properly maintained to eliminate a fire hazard and promote maximum dryer performance.

Robb Vandenberg provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair and dryer vent installation services for residential and commercial users of clothes dryers, homeowners, condo owners and associations, apartment buildings and multi-unit homes, landlords and property managers, hair salons, pet groomers, doctors’ offices and anyone who operates a clothes dryer.

Consumers who use Dryer Vent Wizard can be confident that the job will be done right.  Robb will provide an accurate assessment of the current safety and efficiency issues regarding the dryer vent system along with a fair and reasonable estimate for services needed. 

Robb Vandenberg services homes and businesses in Northeast Wisconsin, Brown County, Outagamie County, Winnebago County, Fox Valley, Green Bay, Appleton, Neenah, Oshkosh, De Pere, Kaukauna, Menasha, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Calumet, Kewaunee, Door, Shawano, Oconto, Brown, Outagamie, Waupaca, Winnebago, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge, and neighboring cities and communities.

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