If you’re managing a property in Burnaby, you have a lot of things to keep track of – and, understandably, your dryer vents and ducts are probably nowhere near the top of the list. However, that doesn’t mean they should be forgotten about. Dirty or clogged dryer vents and ducts can cause serious problems, and they need to be periodically cleaned out by a professional air duct cleaning service.
In this article, we’ll briefly discuss why dryer vent cleaning is important, and when to do it.
Why Do Your Dryer Vents Need Cleaning?
As your property’s dryers run, bits of lint and other debris are going to make their way into the vents. Even if the air filters on the dryers are cleaned regularly (which they should be!) there will always be a little material making its way into the vents. Over time, this will start building up, and can even begin to impede the airflow.
This leads to two big problems:
First, as the vents and ducts clog up, that will cause your dryers to lose efficiency. It’ll take longer, or more cycles, to dry clothes, and it will also lead to higher energy usage. It could even potentially damage the dryer.
The other bigger problem is that dryer lint is extremely flammable. Clogged dryer vents are a genuine fire hazard, with tens of thousands of fires in North America attributed to poorly maintained dryers.
So, commercial vent cleaning is a genuine must from a safety perspective, but it’ll save you money too.
When Do You Need Professional Air Duct and Vent Cleaning?
In most cases, the dryer vents only need to be cleaned every 3-5 years. However, this will vary depending on usage and type of vents. If your dryer room sees a lot of use, every 2 years will be safer. If the vents are rectangular and in the concrete floors of a high rise, every year.
Also, if you ever notice a burning or ozone smell in your laundry room, shut down operations and call in for duct and vent cleaning immediately. That smell is probably coming from the lint in the vents starting to smolder.