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Increase Your Dryer’s Efficiency with a Professional Cleaning

If your dryer has finished a full cycle but the clothes inside are still damp, it is a sign that your vent is clogged. To get your dryer operating efficiently, you will need to schedule an appointment for a professional dryer vent cleaning. If you live in the lower Hudson Valley area, you can trust All Seasons Chimney to do a proper job that will significantly increase the efficiency of your dryer. Our staff has been trained by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) as certified dryer exhaust technicians. We remove every bit of lint and debris to make your dryer more efficient and safer to use. We would like to tell you more about the benefits of professional dryer vent cleaning.


Increase Your Dryer's Efficiency with a Professional Cleaning - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyIf your dryer vent is dirty and clogged, your dryer cannot exhaust as it should. This reduces its efficiency to where it takes more than one drying cycle to completely dry a load of clothes. Not only does this waste energy, it can also make your utility bills more expensive. Our vent cleanings save energy and money, as your dryer works more efficiently. This also helps to prolong the life of your dryer and to reduce the need for costly repairs.


Across the country, there are approximately 2,900 residential fires caused by clothes dryers reported each year. These fires have resulted in an average of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses. According to these statistics from the US Fire Administration (USFA), almost 40 percent of these fires are directly related to failure to clean the vents. The reason why a clogged vent can be such a dangerous fire hazard is lint, which is responsible for most dryer vent blockages. Lint is so highly flammable that organizations like The Boy Scouts of America recommend using it as a campfire starter. Since a clogged vent causes a dryer to overheat, the excessively high temperatures inside the appliance can easily ignite an accumulation of lint. Your safety is our top priority, so you can trust us to remove every bit of lent.

Increase your home’s energy efficiency and safety with a professional dryer vent cleaning. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with our CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians.

Dealing with a Drafty Chimney

One of the most common chimney problems has to do with draft issues. Poor chimney draft can be responsible for a few things, including smoky fireplaces. Diagnosing the cause of a drafty chimney can be tricky, as several different factors could be the reason behind the draft problems. Fortunately, All Seasons Chimney has many years of experience in dealing with drafty chimneys. For over 25 years, we have been providing professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to residents across the lower Hudson Valley area. We would like to tell you more about chimney draft problems and how we can help you avoid these issues. Dealing with a Drafty Chimney Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney

How does my chimney draft?

According to The Wood Heat Organization, there are two major factors involved with proper chimney draft: heat and height. Because hot air is less dense than cold air, your chimney needs to generate enough heat for the gases to rise and escape from your home through the flue. As the hot air rises, draft is created by a pressure difference that draws combustion air into the fireplace and pushes out the exhaust gases. The hotter your chimney is, the stronger the draft will be. The height of your chimney also affects the draft. The taller the chimney, the more draft will be produced at a given difference in temperature.

Why is my chimney having problems with producing high enough temperatures to draft properly?

The most common reason why your chimney may be too cold to draft properly has to do with the size of your flue. According to The Wood Heat Organization, the size of the flue should be matched with the flue collar of the appliance in order to function efficiently. If you have updated your older masonry fireplace by installing a new insert into the existing fireplace opening, there is a good chance your insert is much smaller than the masonry chimney. When the flue is too large, the combustion gases spend more time in the flue, which leads to heat loss. All Seasons Chimney can inspect your flue to see if there is a mismatch in size. If we find that the flue is too large, we can construct a new flue with a stainless steel liner that is customized to match the size of your fireplace insert.

What are other reasons for improper chimney draft?

If you have weatherized your home by sealing off all of the windows and doors, there might not be enough air coming into the fireplace for combustion. This issue can be easily solved by cracking open a window in the same room as your fireplace. You may also want to check to see if your damper is completely opened to allow airflow in and out of the chimney. Another reason for drafty chimneys has to do with how the wind blows across your chimney. If you are only noticing draft problems on windy days, All Seasons Chimney can help with a special chimney cap that is equipped with vents that direct the wind into the chimney to draft properly.

Don’t let a drafty chimney keep you from enjoying your fireplace. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney today to schedule an appointment for a professional chimney inspection from our trained and experienced chimney technicians.