When it comes to the ventilation of your dryer, there are several factors that make it efficient.
An efficient ventilation system allows a dryer to vent directly to the exterior of the home in the most direct way possible. Other factors to consider are the amount temperature, moisture, and lint that are going to be moving along the ventilation path. Home inspectors are looking for minimal twists and turns between the dryer and exit point (most ideally would be a straight line) because any angle between those two points can be a lint trap. Lint traps can be a fire hazard over time as lint constricts the duct.
All dryers produce lint; regardless if you have an electric or gas appliance. Lint build up in a lint trap and inside the dryer vent causes a variety of problems:
- Reduced airflow that affects the appliances functionality
- High humidity levels that lead to mildew and organic growth in walls and insulation
- Home fires
Regular maintenance goes a long way when it comes to ensuring the safety of your family and a clean inspection. Here are ways homeowners can stay on top of this issue
1. Monitor and clean out your dryer vent trap located on the dryer.
2. Monitor your exterior vent for build of lint
3. Contact a licensed technician to clean out your dryer ventilation system.