Dryer Vent Cleaning Blog

December 13, 2016

Should You Consider Condensing Dryers?

Are you familiar with condensing dryers? They are a type of dryer that do not need any external exhaust vents whatsoever, unlike conventional dryers. If you compare them to traditional dryers, which dry off clothes in heated air, condensing dryers are more or less ventless. Instead, a condensing dryer works by cooling heated air, so that the moisture is condensed into liquid form. Since vents can be hard to place in certain type of homes, like apartment buildings, a condensing dryer can be a very viable alternative for some. Some variations use heat exchangers to cool air, while others use water cooling systems instead. Depending on the dryer’s design, the condensation either flows into drainpipes or is collected in containers that needs to be emptied periodically. There is even models that serve as both a washing machine/ventless dryer. Knowing about these variants will help you make a much more informed decision. When it comes to maintaining its efficiency, ventless dryers require periodic maintenance, just like the traditional ones. Condensing dryers contain lint filters as well. These need inspecting and thorough cleaning between each use. In the event that your dryer collects condensation separately, that container needs to be emptied manually. […]
December 7, 2016

How to Upgrade Your Dryer Vent

Are you looking for a way to increase both the safety and efficiency of your clothes dryer? Fortunately for you, this is something that’s easy to do. The best way to achieve this goal is to upgrade your dryer vent by installing a rigid-metal vent pipe. It’s smooth interior can create minimal air resistance, shaving off several minutes from your clothes’ drying time. It also discourages the build up of lint, which is always a plus, considering how much of a fire hazard it can be. Starting things out To get things rolling, remove the dryer’s plastic flex hose. When that’s done, pull your dryer away from the wall. Make sure that you do this step with great care. Once the dryer is moved, disconnect its power cord. Should your dryer be of the gas-fired variety, close the gas valve instead. Loosen the band clamp using a screwdriver and pull the vent off its outlet. You may find some lint buildup once you’ve done this. Utilize a vacuum cleaner to suck up any lint you encounter. Clamp tightening and periscope attachments The next step would be to slip the metal band clamp over the lower end of the periscope box […]
December 4, 2016

The Dryer Vent Installation Process

If you’re looking to install a dryer vent through an external wall of your home, there are a few things you might want to know. First of all, why would you want to vent a dryer outdoors? Well, having an external dryer vent will not only increase your dryer’s efficiency, but will also prevent the warm, moist air from damaging your home. Moreover, because your dryer won’t need to work as hard as it otherwise would, you can prolong the machine’s service life and prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear. Now that your reasons for doing this are clear, it’s time to prepare your materials and equipment. Work gloves are necessary since metal duct pipes have sharp, dangerous edges that you’ll want to watch out for. After deciding where you want to put your dryer and planning the ductwork layout, start drilling a pilot hole for the interior duct outlet using a 3/8-drill bit. By doing this, you’ll have an effective starting point for your project that’s also small enough to patch up if you make a mistake. Using your pilot hole as a guide, you can start cutting a hole through cement board, wood, vinyl or even aluminum siding with drills and […]
December 1, 2016

A Look at Lint Traps for Your Dryer Vent

Are you aware of the troubles that are associated with lint? If you’re not, then by now you should be. To keep things short, lint becomes very flammable when gathered in large amounts. You don’t need to be told twice about how this can be a very serious fire hazard. If you want to prevent (or at least minimize) the issue of lint, look no further than lint traps! But what is a lint trap, you might be asking yourself. Well, it’s the part of the dryer that can trap lint once air is vented out. It’s possible to remove the trap for cleaning, but its location will largely depend on the dryer’s make and model. If your dryer doesn’t have one, you can expect a lot of lint build up in the dryer vent hose. Besides the increased fire risk, the dryer’s efficiency will also decrease and its lifespan will shorten. To say that a lint trap is significant would be a major understatement. After each load, the lint trap needs to be cleaned off. Doing so will allow for maximum operational efficiency. Your clothes will also dry within a shorter time frame. Take note that while not every […]