The Importance of Dryer
According to Consumer Reports more than 15,000 fires a year start in
laundry rooms in the United States. From that, there are an average of
about 10 deaths and $97 million dollars in property damage. Close to
4,000 of these fires are due to build up of lint in dryer vents when
people don't clean them.
Dryer ducts that create the most problems are the foil and plastic ones
because they have a tendency to sag which allows lint to build up at
low points, especially if they have ridges which makes it easier for
blockage to occur.
All dryers vent their exaust along with some lint through a duct that
attaches from the back of the dryer to the wall. (Commonly referred to
as the "transition tube"). Metal ducts, either flexible or solid are
much safer because they don't sag so lint is not as likely to build up
and create blockage. If a fire does occur, a metal duct has a far
greater chance of containing it over a foil or plastic one that will
melt and spread the fire throughout your home.
Repairs on dryers can be a headache as well. There is an element inside
the dryer that heats the air to dry your clothes. Lint blockage in the
vent can cause that to fail. When you have that happen, you're either
looking at a repair bill for your dryer or having to replace it, thus
creating a major expense you don't need.
No matter what kind of duct (or transition tube) you have attached to
your dryer, you should have it cleaned regularly. In addition to that,
you should clean the lint screen every time you use your dryer. This
will not only reduce the fire risk, but will use less energy reducing
your electric bill and dry your clothes much faster.
tubes to use for your dryer are pictured below.