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Secondary Dryer Lint Trap

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.

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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.

Very dirty dryer lint trap screen removed and needs cleaning.

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

Clothes Dryer Maintenance and Fire Prevention Tips

Cleaning the dryer exhaust fan and ducts in your condo

Why Air Quality Matters

Cleaning Air Vents

Cleaning your air vents and duct system is a maintenance item that should be done in every home or business at least once every two or three years.

The proper cleaning and maintenance of your air filter is also crucial. A clean air filter will allow the proper amount of air to be supplied to your furnace fan, which in turn helps your furnace to run cooler. A clean air filter also allows the occupants of the structure to breathe cleaner air.

Your dirty air filter is a good indication of the amount of dust that has collected inside the return air portion of your duct system.

Cleaning the air vents in your home is a small part of the overall job. It is advised that every homeowner remove and clean the vents and vacuum whatever dirt and dust that can be reached by hand. Return air grills should be removed, cleaned, and any accessible parts of the return air ducts should also be vacuumed at least once every six months.

These simple procedures will go a long way towards keeping your air duct system cleaner for longer.

The entire air duct system should be professionally cleaned by a highly-skilled duct cleaning technician using a truck-mounted vacuum system and compressed air. If your service provider does not use this type of equipment then it is very unlikely that he will be able to do a very thorough cleaning of your system.

For a guaranteed, quality job, whether this is for your home or your business, call City Duct Cleaning Inc. We have been cleaning all types of air duct systems for decades, and although every home is unique in its own way, there is not any type of system that we have not cleaned before.

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Rainy Day Household Tips

10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day

Stuck in the house on a rainy day and have nothing to do? Why not take this opportunity to work on some of those simple household maintenance items that you rarely seem to have time for?

We really know how to have fun! These are all energy-saving items and need doing anyway.

  1. Vacuum out your floor registers. And if you really want to go to town then check the dampers inside and maybe even wash some of those vents too.
  2. Take your return vents off the wall and vacuum them out too. Wash the vents if they need it.
  3. Change your furnace filter.  And if you really want to go to town again, get the vacuum cleaner and clean the bottom of the furnace fan compartment. Check the side of the furnace fan motor too. It probably has dust on it. Just make sure to turn off the furnace switch before you do this.
  4. Check your furnace humidifier and change the pad. Turn up the humidistat and make sure it comes on. Make sure water flows through when its supposed to, and make sure it drains out properly.
  5. Make sure your ceiling fans are turning the right way for the season (in the summer, air should blow down. In the winter, the air should be pulled up).  And clean the fan blades too.
  6. Remove and clean your washroom exhaust grills. Wash them off in the shower then use a spray bottle and wipe dry. If you’re really adventurous then maybe you can remove and clean the exhaust fans too. Use a dry paint brush or compressed air to do this.
  7. Check the condition of the flex pipe on your dryer. Make sure the flex is not brittle and is free of cracks or holes. Maybe take it off completely and clean it out if needed? While you’re there, why not vacuum behind and under the dryer and also check the condition of the water hoses going to your washing machine? It is good practice to do these items at least once every six months.
  8. Clean behind your fridge. Pull it out and make sure you clean the coil.
  9. Check your computers and clean that little fan that every one has. These things can really build up alot of dust over time. And those clogged fans can suck the life out of your computer pretty quick sometimes. If your computer has ever died because of this then you’ll really appreciate this one!
  10. Clean the grease filter in the kitchen exhaust above your stove.

If you’re looking for a bonus item and still haven’t had enough yet then maybe you could also clean out your central vac!

This is the dirtiest job. Definitely save it for last!

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It Has Been Confirmed

It has been confirmed. Breathing clean air makes you live longer!

If you want your air to be clean then you have to do two things:

1. Regularly clean your air duct systems. This includes all exhausts and fresh air intakes.

2. Regularly clean or replace your air filters.

These two items are crucial to breathing cleaner air in any building.

Call us for a free no-obligation estimate. Our pricing is reasonable and we provide a quality service.

We can help make your air noticeably cleaner starting today!

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People on average, breathe about 25,000 times per day. We unconsciously breathe in toxic air comprised of bacteria, virus, pollen, house dust, tobacco and offensive smells.

Take a look at this interesting video we found, which is about a new kind of air cleaner. I’ve never actually seen anything like this, but isn’t this almost the same thing as a vaporizer? It looks like a mini space ship, and uses only water to clean the air. It looks cool and they say it does a great job but I think I’ll definitely stick with my Home Hepa Filtration System. It already  has proven results. And you should see how much dust it takes out the air!

101mmx how clean is the air in your home

How Clean Is The Air In Your Home?

Ever wonder about the quality of the air that you and your family are breathing?

Today’s tightly-sealed homes trap indoor pollutants and might actually contribute to poor indoor air quality.  Here are some of the steps homeowners can take to improve the quality of the air they breathe:

  • Have a high-efficiency ventilation system installed to ensure good indoor air quality;
  • Have carpets cleaned once or twice a year to remove pollutants, dust and dirt;
  • Have your duct system cleaned every three or four years at a minimum;
  • Use low-emission paints to reduce vapors;
  • Whenever possible, use green household cleaners that eliminate toxic fumes;
  • Ensure kitchen and bathroom exhausts are vented to the outside of your home;
  • Change the filters on your furnace monthly;
  • Change the pad in your duct-mounted humidifier annually;
  • Install a high-quality electronic air cleaner; and
  • Open windows on nice days for an hour or so to recirculate and freshen the air in your home.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with Plants .

Did you know that you can strategically use household plants to improve your indoor air quality?

People spend as much as 90% of their lives indoors. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics show that indoor air quality is five times worse than outdoor air, making it one of the top threats to good health. It’s linked to allergies, sickness and fatigue. Fortunately, indoor air quality can be improved with the help of home air filters, purifiers and living house plants. Plants cycle the air by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. But plants also have the ability to purify household air by naturally filtering harmful chemicals found in the air known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which come from man-made products in the home.

Check out this video we found that explains how you can do this, how to select the right type of plants to use in your home, how to care for them, how many plants to have, and all kinds of useful information.  There is some controversy about whether house plants actually effect the air in your home, but still, this is good information. It looks like it might well be something to consider in your struggle for clean, healthy indoor air.

Dirty dryer exhaust duct

Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning

Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning

Cleaning your dryer exhaust vent is a very important maintenance item and should be done at least once very two years.

Dryer vent duct cleaning is done with our high-pressure air snake system, while the dryer lint itself is collected by our truck-mounted vacuum.

During the procedure, we clean and inspect any flexible dryer vent connectors as well as the outside discharge vent.

Cleaning your dryer duct can help you save money on your energy costs because of the amount of hydro that your dryer uses. A clothes dryer is one of your home’s biggest energy users, and making sure that the duct is clean will help it to run more efficiently.

A clean exhaust system will help your dryer to run for shorter periods of time and will also reduce the possibility of having a dryer duct fire.

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