Before it gets too cold outside, take the time to do an annual cleanup of your dryer vent. Over time, lint can build up beyond the lint trap in your dryer’s hose and pipes that lead up to the external vent. This blockage can force your dryer to work hard to get your towels and clothing dry, and it can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, as well as a fire hazard. The cleaning process can be involved, but it’s worth it to improve your dryer’s energy efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Vacuum the vent on the inside and outside of the house for the best results.
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