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When it comes to your health and safety, some things just aren’t a DIY project.

What You Need To Know About Air Duct and Dry Vent Cleaning

While some household tasks can be a do-it-yourself project, when it comes to your safety and health you always want to turn to professionals who have the equipment, training, and expertise to do the job properly. This is especially true for properly maintaining your clothes dryer venting and air ducts. Top Notch Chimney Sweep & Services offers both professional dryer vent and air duct cleaning to ensure your safety and increase the efficiency of your appliances.

Many homeowners don’t realize the importance of having their clothes dryer venting and air ducts professionally cleaned, nor do they realize the consequences of not having it done. According to the National Fire Protection Association dirty venting was cited as the main cause of household fires originating in the laundry room. Laundry appliances accounted for over 92% of home fires.

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Blocked and cracked dryer venting are two of the top causes of household fires. The Culture of Safety explains, “’A majority of dryer fires occur as a result of highly flammable lint getting caught in the dryer’s vent and becoming heated to the point of ignition. Most dryers come with lint traps or filters designed to capture the lint. These filters, however, fail to capture all of the lint. Yet the assumption remains that emptying the filter regularly is enough to protect a dryer. This false assumption accounts for half of all dryer fires, since they typically start from within lint traps.”

Fire hazards are not the only concern for homeowners when it comes to household venting. It is also important to have your air ducts professionally cleaned once a year. The air ducts are designed to route toxic fumes from your heating and cooling devices outside and filter the air you breathe. Over time, build up occurs. Cleaning air ducts is never a do-it-yourself task because breathing in the dust, mold, dirt, debris and other organisms you dislodge may exacerbate or cause serious health issues ranging from annoying allergens to severe respiratory issues.

Seek Professionals

Professional technicians use high powered commercial HEPA vacuums that are far more effective and powerful than the capabilities of household vacuums. Professional vacuums are also designed to contain the dislodged dirt and other contaminates so you are not breathing the loosened debris.

In addition, professional cleaning technicians know what to look for and will inspect your dryer venting and air ducts to ensure your venting is properly installed and routing the toxic and combustible gasses outside rather than allowing them to seep inside and become a fire and health risk.

Besides providing a healthy and safer household environment for you and your family, clear venting enables your clothes dryer, furnace, and air conditioner to operate more efficiently and helps reduce operating costs. Clear passageways also prolong the life of your clothes dryer and HVAC equipment.

Home owners should have their dryer vents and air ducts cleaned at least once a year. Professional cleaning of your dryer venting and air ducts usually cost less than a dollar a day for 10 vents and two returns. However, prices may be higher or lower depending on the location of your venting and the square footage of your home. When any work is being done in your home, it is important to work with a trained and reputable company and obtain a written estimate. Ask questions; and don’t make assumptions.

When you call Top Notch Chimney Sweep & Services you can have confidence that you are in good hands. Top Notch has over 12 years’ experience and expertise when it comes to providing residents of central Iowa with the best customer service possible. Call us for all your venting, chimney, and related needs. To learn more about our service, click here.

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