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This is a Reminder to Check Your Dryer Vent!

Being a responsible homeowner comes with a laundry list of to-do items – each one important in its own way. Thankfully, yearly maintenance services and online reminders like this one are around to help keep you on your toes.

House fires caused by clothes dryers happen at an alarming rate. According to the National Fire Prevention Association they were responsible for annual averages of, “13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.”

Of these fires, the reason behind their happenings were traced back to dust, fiber and lint as well as wire and cable insulation from the appliance itself.

This serves as an important reminder to check your dryer vent regularly. Not just emptying the screen trap for lint after every load but also emptying the vent that leads outdoors and looking behind the dryer and inside of the dryer to ensure there is no clog or other blockage present.

clothes dryer fullSome of the common signs that your dryer vent might be clogged include: clothes not drying properly or the appliance is hot to the touch when in operation.

Whether it’s been a while since you completed the chore, or if you can’t remember ever cleaning your dryer vent, the time is now. Depending on your DIY abilities and the location of your dryer and venting, you may be able to go behind the appliance yourself and free the debris from the tubing leading outside.

Or, you can leave this important task up to the professionals. The energy efficiency savings and fire hazard elimination make it an important task on your list, so bump it up to the top and get it handled sooner rather than later.

Preferred HD is your best source for dryer vent cleanings in CT.  Based out of historic Middletown, Connecticut, our qualified employees have up-to-date training and relevant certifications and are ready to serve the local community. Rest assured you’re getting quality service from qualified professionals.

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DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning: Why It’s Better to Pay a Professional

One of the easiest ways to prevent fire in your home is to keep dryer vents cleaned and clear. We hear this advice given so many time and yet the leading cause of fire in most homes is still clogged dryer vents. Knowing this information might make you check and triple check your dryer’s lint catcher and vent before you add in your next load of wet clothes, but is that enough to stop a fire from occurring?

Just keeping the lint trap cleared and emptying the vent cover from time to time, while a great way to keep the dryer functioning, isn’t the only thing that’s needed to keep your vents cleaned  – especially if the duct work is long and there is far more space that can hold and catch lint and dust and create potential for a fire.

Rethink DIY

Consider yourself lucky if your dryer vent is short and leads to the outdoors easily—in these cases you might be able to get away with cleaning your dryer vent on your own using a brush kit and following careful instructions. But for most of us, going the DIY route for dryer vent cleaning is a big mistake. Can you afford to make that kind of a mistake with your home at stake?

The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2010, almost 17,000 fires were caused by washers or dryers with 51 deaths and $236 million in damage. A main culprit being failure to properly clean the dryer vents.

Leave it to the Professionals

It’s better to pay a professional to come out and get the job done properly to ensure that your dryer vent is clear from possible fire hazards in the future. This service can be included with other routine heating cleanings in your home or done on an as needed basis.

During this dryer vent cleaning, the HVAC professional will be able to work through miles of duct work in the home including turns and bends in the duct work to ensure the passageway is clear. You simply cannot achieve that with a DIY brush kit.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Doing this regularly is also necessary. Just because you’ve had the service done one time doesn’t put you in the clear. You should remain aware of how much laundry you’re drying and use that as a gauge for how frequently you’ll need to have someone come out and ensure the vents are cleared. (On average, dryer vents should be cleaned every 6 to 24 months depending on how often you do laundry, whether you have pets, and other factors.)

Contact Preferred Hood & Duct for all your air duct and cleaning service needs in Connecticut from residential to commercial and even kitchen duct cleanings.

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5 Simple Tips for Preventing Fires in Your Home

Mistakes happen and disaster is sometimes inevitable, but few things are more terrifying than a house fire. Aside from the fact that it could take the lives of loved ones and pets, it can also destroy years of memories and change lives forever.

Some preventive steps can go a long way in protecting your home from the threat of a fire and they are simple enough to start doing right away. Continue reading “5 Simple Tips for Preventing Fires in Your Home”

Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

clean dryer ventYou probably use your dryer several times a week and clean out the lint trap between each load, but you may be overlooking another important step. Many homeowners do not clean out their dryer vents often enough. This can create health risks for people living in the house and can also cost more money in the long run.

Signs That Your Dryer Vent Needs to Be Cleaned

You should have your dryer vent cleaned once a year. You can tell your vent needs to be cleaned if it is taking longer than usual to dry your clothes. You may also find that the dryer, clothes, or laundry room is unusually warm or your clothes have a strange smell when you take them out of the dryer.

The Risks of Not Cleaning Your Dryer Vent

Not cleaning your dryer’s vent can be dangerous. Lint that collects in the vent is very flammable. Thousands of house fires start every year across the United States because of clogged dryer vents.

A clogged dryer vent can also release toxic fumes such as carbon monoxide instead of venting it to the outdoors. Carbon monoxide can be fatal if it is breathed.

Cleaning Your Dryer Vent Can Save You Money in the Long Run

Cleaning your dryer vent can save you money. Running a dryer with a clogged vent uses more energy, which raises your electric bill. If you need to run your dryer twice as long to dry your clothes, that can shorten its lifespan, which means you will need to replace it sooner. It costs much less to have your dryer vent cleaned than to pay more every month for electricity or to replace your dryer.

How to Keep Animals out of Your Dryer Vent

Cleaning your dryer vent can also keep animals out. If there is too much lint in the dryer vent, the duct hood flap cannot open and close correctly. This can allow birds and small rodents to get into the vent and make a nest. Cleaning your vent and installing a ventilation cap or dryer vent guard can keep animals and debris out of your vents.

Get an Estimate for Dryer Vent Cleaning

Preferred Hood & Duct has cleaned dryer vents for many homeowners across Connecticut. This simple process can protect your family and save you money every month. To get an estimate for dryer vent cleaning in Connecticut, contact Preferred Hood & Duct today.

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Home Fire Prevention Tips for Winter in Connecticut

Fires are a constant threat to homes, but can be particularly common in winter. This is largely due to home heating accidents – especially when people try to find alternatives to gas or oil heating like space heaters or wood stoves.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with using these devices, it’s important to take the precautions necessary to minimize the risk of fire. Of course, not all fire hazards have to do with heaters. Here are some fire prevention tips for winter to help keep you safe, sound, and snug through winter and beyond.

  • If possible stick to electric space heaters. Kerosene heaters or wood burning stoves pose a higher risk of fire. If you are A closeup photo of a fire in a home fireplace.using a non-electric space heater, use the proper fuel and never add more fuel while the heater is operating or hot. If you’re using an electric heater, be careful not to overload the circuit, or use a heater with frayed wires. If using an extension cord, make sure it has the necessary rating to carry the amp load.
  • Never point space heaters at anything flammable. Keep newspapers, clothes, and other flammable materials at least a couple of feet from an operating space heater.
  • Don’t forget about Holiday decorations! If you have a Christmas tree, water it regularly to keep it from drying out, and get rid of old trees that have gone beyond the pale. Old, dry trees pose an enormous fire hazard.
  • If you must smoke, do so outside with a safe receptacle for ashes and butts in easy reach. Better yet: don’t smoke.
  • If you have a fire place, make sure you properly use you fire place screen to keep embers from escaping. It’s also important to have your chimney cleaned regularly.
  • Make sure your home’s smoke alarms have fresh batteries and are functioning properly.
  • Keep a working fire extinguisher easily accessible in your home, especially in the kitchen.
  • Make sure your dryer vent has been properly cleaned.

One of the leading causes of home fires in America is accidents caused by clothes dryers – usually because the vent is clogged with highly flammable lint. If you’re in Connecticut, call Preferred HD at (860) 613-1130 for home dryer vent cleaning services. You can also use the online contact form below.

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Why You Really Need to Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

A dirty dryer vent hose that needs cleaning.The lint trap in your dryer catches only about 60 percent of the lint. The remaining 40 percent travels up through your dryer vent and the dryer vent system and accumulates over time. This not only creates a fire hazard, but it can also make your dryer run less efficiently and raise your electric bill.

Most of the dryer vent is not visible. The only parts that can be seen are the dryer exhaust, the transition hose, and the roof exhaust vent or exterior wall vent in some multi-story buildings. Most of the vent is located inside the walls, floor joist, crawl space, and attic.

If a fire started in one of these confined spaces, you might not be aware of it at first, which means it could spread to other areas. Sprinkler systems and smoke detectors might not be triggered right away. You and your family might wake up to find a large part of the house engulfed in flames.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, clogged or blocked dryer vents cause thousands of structure fires every year in the United States. These fires are responsible for dozens of deaths, hundreds of injuries, and millions of dollars in property losses.

Cleaning your dryer vent can make your dryer work more efficiently. If the vent is clogged, warm, moist air will be trapped in the dryer, which will make it take longer for your clothes to dry. You could have to run the dryer through more than one cycle to get the clothes dry, which would add to your electric bill.

Dryer vents should be cleaned once a year to remove lint causing blockages. This can protect your home from fire and also lower your monthly electric bill. Contact Preferred Hood & Duct today to schedule an appointment to have your dryer vent cleaned.