Drying clothes can be considered a necessary evil. It’s a household chore that has to be done regularly and can be really hard work if you have a large family. If you happen to live in a place that gets little or no direct sunlight, drying your clothes can be a real problem.
Fortunately, science and technology has stepped in to ease our burden by giving us the amazing clothes dryer machine. However, if we take it for granted and don’t maintain it properly, its lifespan can be shortened significantly. It can even be a potential safety hazard lurking in our basements.
Here below I have listed some useful tips for keeping your dryer running in tip-top condition. In addition, you’ll also enjoy considerable savings on your power and water bills.
Reduce Drying Time
A simple yet effective way to save money and prolong the life of your clothes dryer is to reduce drying time. There are many ways to do this. One way is to put smaller loads in the dryer each time rather than one huge load. This way your dryer can dry them evenly with less wrinkles. If you use one gigantic load, you’ll have to run your dryer a few times to dry them completely. Furthermore, your dryer will be in danger of overheating.
Other ways are to clean the lint-filter after every drying cycle to ensure the dryer is functioning efficiently; and to dry your clothes outdoors naturally whenever possible. If it’s nice and warm, clothes will dry nicely in just about half an hour.
Clean The Dryer Vent Regularly
A dryer vent is the duct that directs the hot air from your dryer to the outside of your house. This air contains lots of lint from the drying process that can quickly clog up the vent if not cleaned frequently.
Use a good dryer vent brush to clean the vent thoroughly and also have a professional service technician to take your dryer apart for a full cleaning every 2 to 3 years.
Eliminate Fire Risk
Use all-metal ducting instead of plastic or vinyl hoses for your vent duct due to the fact that vinyl and plastic are flammable.
Avoid drying clothes on which flammable liquids have been spilled such as gasoline, cooking oil, alcohol, and solvents. These can produce certain gases that could cause a fire when triggered by the high temperature in the dryer.