Cleaning your dryer vent

Occasionally a drier gets clogged up with lint (fluffy fibers that are found on fabric). Lint is generated from clothes as the drying process is in progress. This lint builds up in clefts inside the lint filter trap and down through the drier vent pipe.

Be aware that clogged driers are the number one cause of household fires, which occur when there’s a buildup on the lint trap as well as the duct work of the drier vent. This restricts the flow of hot air from the drier. This heat buildup can cause the lint to ignite.

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Watch for these symptoms of a clogged drier vent:

  • Clothes usually take a very long time to dry
  • Clothes do not try thoroughly
  • Clothes are very hot by the time the drying cycle is complete
  • The air around the dryer heats up
  • The laundry room is excessively humid
  • Minimal exhaust velocity is characterized by a less frequent opening of the external exhaust flapper

Cleaning your dryer vent

Make sure you have a dryer vent cleaning kit. It should have two brushes: a long- bristle brush used for cleaning the lint screen, and a brush with thick bristles that is used to clean the dryer hose.

  • Step one: Remove your dryer’s lint screen and use the long-bristle cleaning brush and remove all lint.
  • Step two: Insert the brush into the base of the vacuum lint trap enclosure cavity and gently withdraw it, removing clods of lint as you do. You can use a vacuum to clean the lint from the brush head. Repeat this procedure until there is no more lint remaining in the housing cavity.
  • Step three: Gently remove the dryer vent hose from the wall and disassemble its various parts. Then insert the thick bristled brush into the lint-clogged passage, gently rotating the brush in a back and front motion.
  • Step four: Repeat this procedure for every section of the dryer hose, accounting for all of its bends and curves. Also, ensure that there is no ling clogging the exhaust ejection cap on the exterior end of the cavity
  • Step five: Reassemble the dryer hose. Firmly fasten a versatile right-angled elbow to the exhaust section of the dryer, then turn on the gas faucet, plug in the dryer and return the lint screen to its respective position

To be on the safe side, maintain a regular cleaning program for your dryer. At minimum, be sure to have your dryer cleaned once every three months.

Garage Door Ventilation

Can’t stand the heat? Get ventilation!

People say that if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Well, you can stay out of your garage as much as you like, but your car has to sleep somewhere. Would you like to sleep in a humid, stale atmosphere that can reach as high as 110 degrees in summer? If you own a garage, you know what I’m talking about.

And the problem doesn’t just concern your car. Whether you want to work, delve into your weekend hobby or simply store your belongings safely, your garage will need ventilation. Garage door vents not only create a more comfortable environment, they also lower air conditioning costs and can be valuable in ensuring the safety and security of your home, especially if you’re storing volatile substances.

Garage Door Ventilation

What is garage door ventilation?

Garage door vents encourage air exchange between the garage and the outdoors. This lowers the temperature as well as the humidity inside the garage, while preventing the formation of mold, rust and eliminating unpleasant odors and fumes. It’s roughly the same as keeping the garage doors open, while maintaining, the privacy and safety of your space.

Things you should know about garage door ventilation

Garage door ventilation can be one of the most rewarding improvements you can make to your home. For that reason, you want to do it right. Many companies offer a variety of ventilation systems, including electrical, louvered or paneled, in addition to other highly useful features, such as built-in screens that keep out unwanted insects or animals.

The installation process is simple and you can easily do it yourself. However, you should keep in mind that cool air is heavier than hot air, be sure to place your garage vents on the bottom of the door. Finally, depending on the size of the door, you should use up to four vents to ensure smooth, even and steady air flow.

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Vent size

You will need garage door vents that are at least 1/10 as wide as your garage door. Use two or four garage door vents so that the air can circulate smoothly. You also need to consider the size of ventilation hole. Be careful not to install a ventilation size that is big enough for an animal or snake to crawl through. If you want to use large garage door vents, you can install a filter inside the ventilation space.

Price: 30-200$

Price at quality garage door vents: 100 to 200%. There many sellers on the market.