Free Ebook.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

« Money Can Buy You Love | Main | Britney Spears is Not Generous »

November 08, 2007


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

In addition to checking your dryer vent at least once a year (as FMF only takes a minute to clear out) it is equally important to get back behind your dryer and remove the tubing that releases the heat to the outside. Those can become clogged with lint, which will decrease the productivity of your dryer, which in turn requires the dryer to stay on longer.

Lint is the enemy of energy savings!

It's not a bad idea to do this just to clean out the lint, but you should also get in the habit of keeping the dryer door closed between uses; that serves as an additional seal (one you can easily control from inside your house) against any cold air that might come in through the outside vent.

If the air inside the drum feels noticeably cool when you open the dryer to load it, you know you've got a vent seal issue outside.

Yeah, I discovered that last winter.

It was fun trying to get the lint out when everything was frozen. Doing it while it's all thawed was probably a lot easier...

If you have that much lint around the outside, it's probably time to clean the rest of the vent. If the venting is too long to clean with a vacuum hose, call someone. The clothes will dry more quickly, saving you energy. It's also a potential fire hazard.
And while you're at it .. clean or replace the flexible tube from the dryer to the vent. (they're pretty inexpensive). Those clog like crazy, too.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Start a Blog


  • Any information shared on Free Money Finance does not constitute financial advice. The Website is intended to provide general information only and does not attempt to give you advice that relates to your specific circumstances. You are advised to discuss your specific requirements with an independent financial adviser. Per FTC guidelines, this website may be compensated by companies mentioned through advertising, affiliate programs or otherwise. All posts are © 2005-2012, Free Money Finance.