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Dryer Not Working Like It Should?

Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsOur dryers are often one our most used – yet least maintained – appliances. Although we rely on them to work day in and day out, few of us do much to make sure our dryers continue to run safely and efficiently.

Keeping your dryer running efficiently may be as easy as having your dryer vents cleaned. A professional dryer vent cleaning not only greatly reduces your chance of dryer fire, but also keeps your dryer running the way it should.

Clogged vents and safety

Clogged dryer vents mean more than just drying clothes over two cycles; if vents are allowed to continue to accumulate lint this can lead to a dangerous dryer fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are more than 15,000 house fires each year caused by dryers, equaling tens of millions in damages to homes and personal property.

As the dryer runs, the same lint that is collected in the lint trap after each load begins accumulating in small amounts in the dryer vents. These small amounts will grow over time, eventually beginning to constrict the air flow to the dryer. In order to compensate, the dryer produces hotter and hotter air in an effort to dry the clothes. Eventually, this super heated air can combine with the highly flammable lint and lead to a fire.

Luckily, the risk for dryer fires can be significantly reduced by having vents professionally cleaned. The special brushes, vacuums, and equipment used by vent cleaning professionals not only removes any accumulated lint or debris, but also looks for the condition of the venting and any holes or kinks in the hoses.

Clogged vents and dryer performance

One thing that can prevent your dryer from working correctly is clogged vents. To prevent dryer vents from becoming clogged, it is recommended that they are cleaned at least once per year. Doing this removes any lint, debris, or blockages in the vent system; this significantly reduces the risk of dryer fire.

In addition to being a fire hazard, clogged vents can also keep your dryer from running efficiently. Oftentimes, homeowners will replace their dryer which has stopped working well, only to find out that the dryer vents were to blame!

When dryer vents begin to get clogged, a dip in dryer performance is often the first sign that something is wrong. The following are warning signs that your dryer vents may be clogged.

  • Clothes take longer than one complete cycle to dry
  • More and more lint begins accumulating in the lint trap after every load
  • The laundry room or surrounding area becomes excessively warm when the dryer is running
  • Clothes or the dryer are too hot to touch after running
  • The inside of the dryer has a strong, musty odor
  • Lint and debris can be seen around exterior vents

While clogged dryer vents can impact the efficiency of your dryer, they can also affect the safety of your family. To prevent dryer fires and keep your dryer working like it should, call Pristine Sweeps today to schedule your professional dryer vent cleaning.

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Now Is The Perfect Time To Get A New Set Of Gas Logs For Fall!

A New Set Of Gas Logs For Fall Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsWhile the temperatures outside are still warm and the days are still long, fall is just around the corner! Get your home ready for the change in seasons – and the change in temperatures – with a new gas log set!

Gone are the unrealistic, fake, blue flames of the past; modern gas log sets can mimic the look and feel of a real wood burning fire – at only a fraction of the cost. With a variety of choices for material, style, and burning options, there is the perfect gas log set for every family!

Benefits of gas fireplaces

Gas fireplaces provide homeowners with fast, low maintenance, and easy to use heat for their homes. The following are just a few of the reasons to consider switching to a gas fireplace.

  • Push button heat: Starting a gas fire is often as easy as pushing a button. This is extremely convenient for those with busy schedules or who want to enjoy a fire without the time commitment of wood. Likewise, as many modern gas fireplaces come with remotes you can start your fire without ever leaving the couch!
  • Efficiency: Gas is the most efficient heat source for fireplaces; most gas fireplaces operate with more than 90% efficiency, leading to savings on fuel costs as well as energy bills.
  • Low operating costs: In addition to burning efficiently, gas fireplaces are extremely inexpensive to operate. A natural gas fireplace will cost between $0.60 and $1.50 per hour to operate, making it one of the most inexpensive heat appliances available.
  • No burn bans: the Puget Sound area can be subject to burn bans in an effort to combat air pollution. Gas fireplaces, however, are exempt from burn bans and can continue to be used, even when burn bans are in place.
  • Constant heat: Gas fireplaces can be set at a specific temperature; the fireplace will remain at this temperature until the unit is turned off. This means that the heat can be turned up or down depending on the weather outside, all without the need to constantly tend and stoke the fire.

Types of gas logs

To fuel a gas log, you need certain materials, such as a gas burner. Gas burners are covered by a man-made ceramic log. Doing this helps the fire look more like an actual wood fire. Logs can be made out of clay, ceramic, or molded concrete and can be shaped into a variety of wood styles include oak, birch, and hickory.

In order to create a more realistic flame, most gas logs burn “dirty”. This means that the gas burns slightly less efficiently, changing from the science lab blue flames to more realistic yellows and oranges.

Whether you already have a gas fireplace or are ready to switch to the ease of push-button fires, now is the perfect time to invest in a new gas log set! For more information on how a gas log set can transform your fireplace, contact Pristine Sweeps today.

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