Dryer Vent Safety Tips Dryer Vent Safety Tips
A dryer is one of the more costly appliances in our homes, and having a dryer vent operating incorrectly can add to those costs. The following tips will provide you with not only the information necessary to operate your dryer safely, but to save you money.
Tip 1 – Follow the Manufacturer’s Directions
When installing a dryer yourself, be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Tip 2 – Use the Recommended Vent
The current vent recommended by dryer experts is metal. They no longer recommend nylon or acrylic venting materials. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,500 accidental fires occur annually in the United States due to faulty clothes dryers. Many of these can be attributed to material used in the manufacture of clothes dryer air vents.
Tip 3 – Use Right Size
Vent pipes should be short and straight with as few elbows as possible. Bends and turns in the vent reduce air flow and can lengthen time needed to dry your clothes.
Tip 4 – Avoid Using Duct Tape
When attaching your vent hose to your dryer avoid wrapping duct tape around the dryer vent hose. It has been known to dry from exposure to dryer heat and can create a fire hazard. Instead, use a metal aluminum type tape.