Clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer fires and poorly vented dryers can cost up to an additional $300 per year to operateDryer vent cleaning eliminates the danger of lint build up resulting in substantial energy savings and dryer fire prevention. “Lint build-up is the stuff of nightmares,” said John Ryley, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard. “Without proper maintenance, the dryer vent is a potential fire hazard that too few homeowners are aware of.”
Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent service and customer education. "It's hard for people to think of their clothes dryer as a fire hazard," said Ryley. “Clothes dryer fires account for over 17,000 fires each year, according to the National Fire Data Center. Failure to clean dryer vents is the leading cause.”
One major concern with service technicians who work for Dryer Vent Wizard (http://www.sohodistrictnycdryerventcleaning.com/) is people who are using the older style dryer vent systems made of vinyl, plastic or flexible foil. New York State Building Codes were updated in 1999 to require all dryer vent systems to be made rigid metal to eliminate a fire hazard and improve dryer performance and efficiency. Dryer manufacturers also recommend rigid metal dryer ducts and regularly scheduled dryer vent cleaning to remove lint build up and prevent dryer fires.
The lack of awareness concerning this issue is simply because dryer vent systems are often out of sight and out of mind. Some newer homes have the laundry area upstairs and out of sight near bedrooms and bathrooms. Though convenient, it creates the need for longer venting which can cause the dryer to work harder, take longer to dry clothes, and use more energy. It can also be a fire hazard if not properly installed.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), any dryer vent system over 25 feet is considered a fire hazard and installation of a booster fan is recommended. This helps dryers function safely and more efficiently and is one of the services offered by the Wizard.
Ryley believes the solution to the problem is creating consumer awareness of the importance of maintaining dryers and dryer vent systems. Dryer Vent Wizard is the only national franchise to specialize exclusively in full service dryer vent solutions. Visit http://www.sohodistrictnycdryerventcleaning.com/ to learn more.
About Dryer Vent Wizard:
Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with nearly 60 franchisees in major markets. Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees work to promote public awareness on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.