Wall Vents / Dryer Vents with Damper The main thing to remember with dryer vents is that they should not have a screen – only a damper. This is because a screen can cause lint to build up in the vent, posing a fire hazard. FAMCO’s dryer vent options include a built-in damper that opens when air is exhausting, and falls closed when no air is running through. They are designed for maximum airflow. You can choose from a range of different styles in aluminum dryer vent, galvanized steel dryer vent, copper dryer vent, or HDPE plastic dryer vent. Our sizes range from 3”-12” round diameters, or 14” in some models. Our plastic products are made of HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic built for longevity and durability. They are formulated to withstand the elements and resist fading due to weather conditions. For dyers located away from outside walls, we offer a foundation vent with closeable backdraft damper and plastic wall vents which have a low profile flush mount design. The Importance of Cleaning out Dryer Vents Most homeowners are accustomed to cleaning the lint trap, but what they don’t see is all the lint that makes it past the catch screen. Many house fires are caused by dryers every year. Preventing these fires is an easy thing to do by getting your dryer duct cleaned, or by having a good exhaust vent that does not build up lint. Historically, dryers in laundry rooms were placed near an outside wall. Now they are commonly found in the center of the home with more bent duct work to travel through, restricting airflow causing wet lint build-up. Keep in mind that dryer exhaust vents must be installed at least 12” from the ground or away from any object in the path of exhaust air. All FAMCO products are manufactured in the United States and come with a 1-year warranty against product defects and workmanship. Regular maintenance for dryer vents are important Ensuring proper maintenance is performed routinely prevents expensive things in our home from stop working. For instance, a dryers’ heating element can burn out from overuse and little or no maintenance. It may take some extra time and attention, but if we care for these major appliances and parts, it will extend the longevity of those working systems. Cleaning out exterior dryer vents are pretty easy and an extremely beneficial task to do. Saving money with maintenance on your dryer vent In most cases the louvre flaps come off easily, allowing suction to pull out any excess amount of lint that inevitably made its way into the ductwork. Or one can use an air compressor to blow air out of the tube. Either way, it’s important to get all the highly flammable lint out from the entire length of the vent. Not only does this prevent house fires, but makes your dryer more efficient to run. This is an easy task that homeowners can do themselves, or hire an outside company. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average is $128. It is recommended to do this at least once a year and more if you’re dryer is heavily utilized. Not only does an obstructed dryer vent cost more money to run longer, it racks up the utility bill. In summer months the AC has to run harder to keep home cooler from the warm air that the dryer emits. Be diligent in keeping up on home maintenance. Vents are often overlooked or seem insignificant, but really they are the lungs of the home allowing it to easily breathe in and out air.