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The Importance of Dryer Vent Service

You may think that since you remember to clean the lint trap on your clothes dryer before each load that you do not need to schedule an annual professional dryer vent maintenance service. However, that trap cannot collect all of the lint that your dryer produces! Lint can accumulate inside the vent, and this can be dangerous. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that dirty dryer vents caused the majority of the 5,100 clothes dryer fires in 2012.

The Importance of Dryer Vent Service Image - Poukeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyThis number has decreased over the years. On the contrary, these fires still resulted in ten deaths, 180 injuries, and approximately $80 million in property losses. Having your dryer vent professionally serviced each year is the best way to avoid this type of accidental house fire. All Seasons Chimney is proud to provide professional dryer vent cleaning and repair services to the residents of the lower Hudson Valley area. Now, we would like to tell you why this annual maintenance service is so important.

AVOID CLOTHES DRYER FIRES

The reason why a clogged and dirty dryer vent is such a dangerous fire hazard has to do with lint. Camping experts like The Boy Scouts of America recommend using lint as a campfire starter, because it is so flammable. When lint has accumulated in your dryer vent to the point of clogging the vent, it causes your dryer to overheat. These extremely high temperatures can easily ignite an accumulation of lint to start a fire. A fire which can spread quickly throughout your home. To avoid this fire hazard, you should have your vent professionally cleaned at least once a year.

EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR DRYER

When your dryer overheats due to a clogged vent, it can quickly wear out important parts of the appliance. The heating element is the most commonly affected component. It can be quite expensive to repair. In fact, you may be better off by purchasing a new clothes dryer. An annual professional dryer vent cleaning can prolong the life of this appliance.

IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR DRYER

One of the clearest signs that your dryer vent is clogged? When your clothes are still damp after a full drying cycle. When the vent needs to be cleaned, your dryer cannot function properly. Not only does having to dry one load of clothes for at least two cycles waste energy, it is also expensive. After a dryer vent cleaning from All Seasons Chimney, the energy efficiency of your dryer will be greatly improved. Plus, your monthly utility bills will decrease.

When was the last time you had your dryer vent professionally cleaned? Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our dryer vent maintenance services and avoid becoming another clothes dryer fire statistic!

The Benefits of Screens & Glass Doors for Your Fireplace

Screen & Glass Fireplace Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyYour fireplace is one of the most popular areas in your home, and you want to be sure this area is set up as perfectly as popular. Having a set of fireplace tools can make tasks, like tending to the fire and cleaning up after each fire, much easier, but you should also consider installing glass doors and a screen in front of the fireplace. Both of these fireplace components have excellent benefits that can improve your safety, the energy efficiency of your home, and the appearance of your hearth. All Seasons Chimney & Masonry would like to tell you more about the advantages of fireplace screens and glass fireplace doors so you can understand exactly why they are so important.

Glass Fireplace Doors

  • Save money on heating and cooling bills.

Have you noticed an increase in your utility bills? Your traditional fireplace may be causing that increase. In the summer, cool indoor air can escape out of your home through the fireplace, and cold outside air continuously blows into your home from the chimney. To solve this problem, you can have glass doors installed in front of your fireplace to stop this constant air flow. You will notice a reduction in your heating and cooling costs after installing glass fireplace doors.

  • Increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Stopping that flow of air also allows your home to be much more energy efficient. Some people worry that glass fireplace doors will block the heat from the fire, but the opposite is actually true. Glass doors can triple the amount of heat that is provided from the fireplace since the heat from the fire will radiate through the doors.

  • Update the look of your hearth.

Glass fireplace doors come in a variety of styles, so whether you prefer a classic or contemporary look, you can find the perfect set of doors to match your decor. If you are considering making a change in the appearance of your fireplace, installing glass doors is an economical way to update the look.

Fireplace Screens

  • Improve fireplace safety in your home.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends installing a mesh metal screen in front of your fireplace to stop flying sparks and embers from landing on your floor or furniture and starting an accidental fire. A fireplace screen is also very important when you have children and/or pets. Even though glass doors will keep little ones from being directly exposed to flames, the doors can get very hot. A screen will prevent your kids from touching the doors and burning themselves.

As you can see, your fireplace area is not complete without glass doors and a screen. If you would like to add these components to your fireplace, contact us at All Seasons Chimney & Masonry. We can help you pick out the perfect set of glass doors and the best screen as well as professionally install them to ensure a proper fit.