Importance of Cleaning Air & Dryer Ducts
Having your ducts cleaned regularly helps keep your appliances problem-free
By Theresa Leschmann
Air and dryer ducts in your home should be cleaned regularly. To prevent a variety of hazards and improve performance, lint and other debris that collect in the ducts and vents need to be removed. Just changing the filters or cleaning the lint trap is not enough to keep your appliances running well and your home and family safe.
Clean vents and ducts mean the dryer and furnace do not have to work as hard to do their job. Saving energy will net financial savings too.
Clothes will dry more quickly because of the increased air flow permitted by clean lint traps and exhaust ducts.
Exhaust ducts clogged with lint and other materials cause the dryer to work harder to force the air flow and cause overheating. If the buildup is thick enough, a fire can occur.
Buildup of pet dander, dust, mold and other particles is pulled into the heating system and then blown back into the house. They can harbor and spread viruses, bacteria, pollen and mold creating what's known as the "sick building syndrome."
Furnaces and dryers that have to work harder to generate the appropriate air flow will have parts that wear out more quickly. Maintaining the cleanliness of your duct work will increase the longevity of these appliances.
About the Author
Theresa Leschmann is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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