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Dryer Lint Traps – Everything You Need to Know
Every time you use your clothes dryer, you should clean the lint trap. A clean lint trap helps the dryer to run at maximum efficiency and maximum safety.
Some dryer vent installations also have an external lint trap, which is also known as a secondary lint trap or a 4″ In-Line Dryer Lint Trap.
What Is a Dryer Lint Trap?
This device acts as an in line lint filter in the dryer’s exhaust pipe. Its purpose is to provide additional protection for your dryer booster fan, and it also helps to prevent the dryer exhaust pipe from getting clogged with lint as quickly.
External lint traps are usually installed on clothes dryers that are located on an inside wall, or when the length of the dryer vent exceeds 20-30 feet. The shorter the overall length of the vent pipe and the fewer the number of elbows or turns in the pipe, the better. New dryers will only carry the air and lint for about 18 feet, not including elbows and bends. Longer vent lengths and turns all add restriction to the air flow, causing dryer lint to build up inside.
Best Use Practices
A good way to do this is by having your dryer vent professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This is also where the secondary lint trap can help. Not everyone needs an external lint trap, and some homeowners who do have them often have questions about their use.
The most commonly asked questions about lint traps that are asked by people who already have one are:
1. How often should I clean it?
2. How do you open the door?
So to answer those questions, the lint trap has a clear door, so you can see through it. Check it before every load and you will quickly get an idea of how often your’s needs to be cleaned… something like every 3-5 loads is average. That’s for the secondary lint trap. The one that came with your dryer still needs to be cleaned at the start of every load.
While not every load fills the trap, cleaning it after each load will help reduce energy use.
And to open the door? That depends on the type of lint trap you have, however, they are all fairly similar. The most common one is a model called the LT-180. It has a plexiglass door with a knob on it. All you have to do is lift the knob up and pull it out on the bottom. To replace the door, you reverse those steps. Its very easy once you try it a few times.
Your LT180 lint trap can be installed either on the wall (highly visible) or inside the drywall. If this is the case, then you would only see a plexiglass door with two small folds of metal on either side. This could be on the ceiling near your dryer or on the wall.
The photo above shows an extremely dirty lint trap. The condo owner had recently moved in and did not realize they even had one of these.
Home Depot Dryer Lint Traps
The LT-180 is the best we have found so far. It is made in Canada, is constructed of thick metal and is of commercial quality. This lint trap is a permanent model.
Over time (years) the door may crack or the screen may become damaged or frayed. It will help to know that the door and screen can be replaced seperately, and those cost about $20. If you have a broken door on your model LT180 lint trap, feel free to call us and we can send you a new one.
Some Do-it-yourselfers prefer to buy a dryer lint trap from Home Depot, but they also offer several other models as well. There are cheaper quality plastic ones, but it is recommended that you purchase the more durable and slightly more expensive model LT180. The metal one is much more sturdy and will be problem-free.
Risk Of Dryer Duct Fires
Dryer duct fires are a very real and serious threat. They have become more frequent with population growth, and stories of dryer duct fires have been steadily increasing and are now fairly common in the news.
Any home or business that operates a clothes dryer needs to take proper precautions to reduce this risk as much as possible, regardless if your machine is gas or electric.
Dryer lint is very flammable and can accumulate inside a vent pipe fairly quickly. It is recommended that most dryer exhaust vents be cleaned once per year.
More Info About Secondary Lint Traps
It is always a good idea for homeowners to educate themselves about the operation of their HVAC systems and clothes dryer. Everyone knows how to use the dryer, but you can still learn some helpful and useful tips with a small amount of research.
Below are some useful links that we’ve found regarding the safe operation of your clothes dryer, and how to help prevent a
dryer fire in your home or business.
Taking care of your clothes dryer is important for home fire safety.
Tips to prevent dryer fires at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html
More dryer tips at http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/118931/5022.pdf
Using Residential Duct Cleaning in Toronto to Eliminate the Effects of Smoking on Your Air Ducts
In addition to being dangerous to your health, secondhand smoke is proven to cause problems for people living in your home. However, as indicated by a top service for residential duct cleaning in Toronto, smoking can also impact your neighbors. If you live in an apartment or duplex with a linked HVAC system, your neighbors are impacted by your smoking.
Although air duct cleaning in Toronto helps eliminate thick and foul-smelling smoke, dust containing cancer-causing compounds collects in the ductwork. As a result, when the heating or air conditioning fan blows, dust is reintroduced into your home as well as your neighbor’s home. This is why residential duct cleaning in Toronto is so critical. Simply put, having your HVAC system cleaned reduces the impact of your smoking for your family and your neighbors.
Dust Containing Carcinogens
If smoke or dust containing carcinogens is being blown through the air vents or utility boxes located on the walls, anyone who does not smoke suffers the same effects as if they did. The good news is that with residential duct cleaning in Toronto, dust and other potentially hazardous materials are eliminated.
The last thing you want to do is put your neighbors at risk. Therefore, determine if your HVAC system is shared. If it is, take the appropriate action by hiring a company to do residential duct cleaning in Toronto. Although this will certainly help, you should also take this time to consider seeking help so that you can quit smoking. That way, your neighbors, your family, and you are no longer affected by the dangers that go hand-in-hand with smoking.
Along with hiring the best service to clean your ductwork, you can purchase air sanitizers, change the filters on the furnace and/or air conditioning system often, dust frequently, and stop smoking inside the home. However, if things have reached a point of affecting you and your neighbors, hiring a service for residential duct cleaning in Toronto is always the best and safest solution.
City Duct Cleaning Wins 8th Consumers Choice Award
Toronto Condo & Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Specialists Win Consumers Choice Award.
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City Duct Cleaning is a renowned and highly awarded business providing a variety of professional and cost-effective air duct cleaning services for residential properties, including condos, apartments or homes of all sizes, and commercial facilities such as hospitals, schools or factories of all types, and more, in the Toronto area, since 1987.
The industry leading air duct cleaning company won its 8th Consumers Choice Award, recognizing the business excellence in small and medium sized businesses through statistically accurate independent market research surveys to determine brand reputation, customer satisfaction and business excellence.The company’s range of residential and commercial air duct cleaning, insulation removal, dryer duct cleaning and attic insulation removal services are delivered by a qualified team of professionals equipped with a premier truck-mounted vacuum system using high pressure air, including various air snakes and air whips, to guarantee the best possible indoor air quality, cleanest living or work environment and significant energy usage/cost savings.
Free estimates on the popular City Duct Cleaning services can be requested at 416 293-1800 or online through the website, also featuring information on the range of prestigious awards won by the company for industry-leading air duct cleaning and premier customer care along details on its full service area and multiple customer reviews.
City Duct Cleaning Toronto explains that “it is truly an honor to be recognized in our field by the communities in which we serve. Especially since we are so gifted in what we do. There are several duct cleaning companies in the Toronto area who claim to be the best but we actually have the awards to prove it!”
The business adds that “since our inception, the commitment has been to provide the highest quality, dependable and cost-effective services available while placing customer satisfaction at the forefront of our priorities. A large part of our growth can be attributed to referrals and repeat business from customers with whom long-term relationships have been formed. When we surveyed our past customers, we received an approval rating of over 98%. We at City Duct Cleaning Inc. are your comfort professionals”.
Valentine’s Day Special – Duct Cleaning Toronto
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT CITY DUCT CLEANING
Valentine’s Day can be a complicated time. There are gifts to buy, dinners to book, and there’s a lot of pressure on you to deliver. Everything’s supposed to be perfect. But the problem is, everyone else is trying to do the same thing.
Remember those chocolates she didn’t like? The restaurant that was too crowded with guys trying way too hard to impress? The romantic weekend you planned where Murphy’s Law got in the way and everything that could possibly go wrong did?
I’m telling you, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are other ways to live your life.
What if, for example, you could give the gift of clean air? That would be something else, wouldn’t it? Imagine giving a gift that keeps on making a difference with every single breath she takes?
I’m sure that probably sounds too good to be true, but trust me, it’s not. You really can give the gift of clean air.
With City Duct Cleaning, right now, you can get $50 off an already low price for a full air duct cleaning in your home. Their complete cleaning process includes all the ducts in your house along with all related HVAC components.
There are tons of benefits to taking advantage of this Valentine’s Day special. Studies show, for example, that up to 40 pounds of dust can be accumulated in an average-sized home every year. Then, it gets recirculated back through your HVAC system, and the problem can just get worse and worse.
A good duct and HVAC system cleaning can also help save you money, because your system’s not going to have to work so hard when it’s running clean. So, you can also think about an air duct cleaning as being about equivalent to giving the gift of cash. And everyone likes a gift of cash, don’t they?
If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can also get the City Duct Cleaning guys to clean your dryer duct while they’re doing everything else. Lint and other contaminants can accumulate in your dryer duct, weakening its performance. And there’s nothing worse than a weak dryer, is there?
So, to summarize, giving the gift of air duct cleaning from City Duct Cleaning actually means you’re giving her the following:
• Clean air
• Peace of mind
With all that and more, what are you waiting for?
Well, don’t wait long. This Valentine’s Day special from City Duct Cleaning is available until February 19th. These guys have been around for a while, and they know what they’re doing. They’ll do a great job, they’ll treat your home as if it was their own, and they’re a company you can trust. Their reputation is on the line with every job they do, so they’ll take care to get it done right.
Find out more at http://www.cityductcleaning.com/frequently-asked-questions/, and get in touch with them now to give the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving!
The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
There is a lot of talk out there about the benefits of HVAC air duct cleaning. There’s also a fair amount of misinformation and confusion, but the fact is, cleaning your air ducts is an important part of maintaining a clean, effective HVAC system. That said, you should definitely make sure you know the facts about why air duct cleaning is so important, and then choose a reputable company – such as City Duct Cleaning – for your duct cleaning needs.
IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY
The biggest reason that you’re going to want to get your air ducts cleaned is for the overall indoor air quality of your home. Think of your heating and cooling system as the lungs of your house. Your HVAC system will bring air in, and then expel it back warmed up or cooled down, depending on the time of year. In an average home, over 40 pounds of dust can be accumulated. Combine that along with dander and household chemicals recirculating through your home’s lungs, and you’re going to want to get your home’s breathing system cleaned out from time to time.
Even if your home’s ducts have been cleaned recently, you might want to consider having them cleaned again, particularly if you or someone you live with has allergies, asthma or some other type of respiratory problem. Contaminants being recirculated through a home’s HVAC system can be more harmful in these cases.
There are several specific cases where you’re going to want to ensure you’re keeping your home’s air ducts clean. If your home is newly constructed, for example, or has just undergone renovations, there’s going to be a lot of dirt, dust, and debris from the construction work in the ducts that you’re going to want to get taken care of, no matter how much care the contractors took to keep the jobsite clean.
If you’ve had a flood or a plumbing leak, cleaning your ducts is going to be extra important to ensure that mould doesn’t start to form. If it’s already started, you’ll know… it will smell awful and it will be terrible for you to breathe in. Mould is one of the worst things that you can have in your duct system.
SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY
It’s been estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of the energy used to heat or cool a home is wasted during the process. When there are contaminants in your air ducts, or anywhere in your HVAC system, the system will be bogged down and it will have to work harder, costing you even more energy and more money. If your ducts are clean, it can help your system operate more efficiently.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CLEANING COMPANY
Like in any other industry, there can be some scam artists out there when it comes to duct cleaning – and sometimes they attract attention for the worst reason. They’ll promise great prices, fast service, and try to scare you with all the dangers of avoiding duct cleaning, but a lot of times they won’t even have the right tools for the job, and they certainly won’t get it done right.
What you want is a company that you can trust. References are everything. A company like City Duct Cleaning, for example, has won the Consumer Choice award eight times for Toronto and the GTA.
The experts at City Duct Cleaning have years of experience and expertise. They’ve got the best equipment in the industry, and they charge fair prices for excellent service. City Duct Cleaning prides themselves on integrity, trust, and earning repeat business, and are the farthest things from scam artists that you’ll find in this industry.
Contact City Duct today and make an appointment – your home’s lungs will thank you.
GTA Duct Cleaning
GTA Duct Cleaning
City Duct Cleaning Inc. has been serving the GTA for almost 25 years now. When we first opened our doors, we were one of only less than a dozen companies doing duct cleaning in the Toronto area.
Toronto wasn’t even referred to as the GTA at that time, but we’ve always been serving all of the areas around the city. Anything that is in what we refer to as the GTA is also in our service area. We do also venture outside of our already huge service area on request as well.
We have cleaned many thousands of air duct systems in both homes and businesses, and have done alot of duct cleaning work in various government-owned buildings in the GTA as well.
GTA duct cleaning nowadays includes dozens of various companies and a wide variety of duct cleaning procedures and pricing. The most thorough way to clean any air duct system is still with a truck-mounted vacuum system and compressed air.
We service the following locations: Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke, Toronto Beaches, East York, Richmond Hill, Markham, Stouffville, Aurora, Newmarket, Vaughan, Woodbridge, King City, Bolton, Caledon, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville