10 Tips for Better Dryer Efficiency

Are you tired of your dryer taking forever to do its job? Are you running multiple loads to get your clothes dry? Are your energy bills higher than you’d like them to be? It may be time to take a look at your dryer’s efficiency levels.

Most assume that to improve dryer efficiency, an entirely new appliance is in order. What they don’t realize that there are actually some simple things they can do to increase their dryer’s efficiency – and decrease their own energy costs – without investing in an entirely new system.

Here are ten easy tips to help you get the most out of your dryer, and save money in the process

1. Clear the Lint Filter

A clogged lint filter can reduce the dryer’s efficiency by blocking airflow. This will cause the dryer to work harder to get the job done and take longer to dry the clothes. The longer your dryer runs and the harder it has to work to do its job, the more you spend on energy costs. It’ll also put more wear on the appliance, warranting a replacement sooner than you’d expect.

In addition to exhausting your dryer’s stamina, a dirty lint filter can also be a fire hazard. Cleaning the lint filter is a quick and easy task that can make a big difference in your dryer’s performance.

2. Make Sure the Dryer Vent Is Not Blocked

dryer vent cover with lint coming outThe dryer vent is the pipe that carries hot air and lint from the dryer to the outside of your home. If the vent is blocked, the hot air and lint can’t escape, causing the dryer to work harder and the clothes taking longer to dry.

In addition, like a full lint trap, a blocked vent can be a fire hazard, and it makes you more vulnerable to carbon monoxide leaks too. Make sure to check the vent regularly and remove any lint or debris that may have accumulated.

It is also worth checking where the vent exits your home to make sure that it is clear, free of debris, and unblocked by clutter. This is a simple step you can do anytime you’re outside.

3. Invest in Professional Vent Cleanings

In addition to checking the vent for blockages, it’s also important to have it regularly cleaned Lint and other debris can build up in the vent, reducing the airflow and making the dryer work harder. This also increases your risk of gas leaks and fire hazards significantly. In fact, dirty dryer vents a leading cause of dryer-related fires.

Be sure to trust a professional for your yearly dryer vent cleanings to avoid vent damage and ensure no areas are missed. Our experts will get the job done right.

4. Use the Correct Settings

Your dryer has different settings for different types of fabrics – take advantage of these. For example, use the “delicate” setting for delicate fabrics and the “heavy duty” setting for heavy fabrics. Using the correct setting can prevent damage to your clothes and save energy.

These settings are built into your dryer to help keep your dryer working for a long time by saving the energy spent in drying.

5. Dry Similar Items Together

Drying similar items together, such as all jeans or all towels, will help the dryer work more efficiently. This is because the dryer can dry similar items at the same time, rather than having to switch between different types of fabrics. The articles of fabric that are being dried will tend to finish drying at the same time if they are similar in weight, texture, and fabric type. This means that your dryer won’t have to continue working to dry a couple heavier articles of clothing or other fabric while the lighter ones are already dry.

6. Don’t Over-dry

a white front-load washer and dryer setOver-drying can cause shrinkage and damage to your clothes, and it’s a waste of energy. To prevent over-drying, pay close attention to the moisture sensor on your dryer or simply set the timer on your dryer for a shorter amount of time.

7. Dry Multiple Loads Consecutively

It takes time and energy to heat up a dryer. By drying multiple loads of laundry back to back you save on the time it takes for the dryer to warm up, which then ensures your clothes dry faster. When you cut back on drying time, you save money.

8. Use Dryer Balls

Using dryer balls keeps your laundry from clumping together while drying. This means that warm air can easily circulate around your clothing helping it to dry faster and more evenly. Say hello to shorter dryer times and lower energy bills.

9. Deep Clean the Lint Filter

Once a month, take out your lint trap, wash it with soap and water, then let it fully dry. While dryer sheets and dryer balls can be a great asset, they also contain chemicals that can clog the pores of the lint trap over time. Even if things look to be clear, trust us – they aren’t.

This is an easy step for maximizing efficiency – just make sure the lint trap is fully dry before putting it back into your dryer.

10. Have Your Dryer Serviced Regularly

A professional can check for any issues that may be reducing your dryer’s efficiency and fix them. This can include checking the vent, the drum, and the motor. Regular maintenance can help to extend the life of your dryer and save you money on energy costs in the long run.

Book With Us Today

By following these tips, you can help your dryer work more efficiently and save money on energy costs. And if you ever have any issues with your dryer, don’t hesitate to call our experts at Lords Chimney in Houston – we’re always happy to help.

Happy drying!

Can a Fireplace Benefit Mental Health?

Books and movies have often depicted the trance-like state that people can find themselves in while staring at a flickering fire. Perhaps you have even experienced this sensation yourself. The longer you stare, the more it seems like you can’t stop staring – your mind quiets, your breathing slows, and your muscles relax.

Turns out, this experience is more common than you’d think. And, in fact, science is showing us that it can have many positive benefits for both your physical and mental health.

The Science Behind It

a cut out of a side profile of a head with "mental health" written inside the brainDr. Christopher D. Lynn, a medical and psychological anthropologist at the University of Alabama, did a three-year long study that showed the effects of fire on human physical and mental health. His study observed hundreds of people as they watched and listened to a burning fire.

Participants in the study went through a series of biological measurements that included blood pressure, as well as psychological data. The participants then watched a video of a fire, first without sound, then with the crackling sound of the fire added to the video. And the results yield some interesting info…

  • Dr. Lynn and his team observed a slight, yet varied, degree of decrease in blood pressure while the participants watched the fire.
  • When sound was added, though, nearly all participants saw a dramatic decrease in blood pressure, as well as an increase in relaxation and feelings of calm.
  • It was also determined that the longer a person gazed at flame and listened to the natural crackling sound that comes from burning wood, the healthier their blood pressure levels seemed to be.

Healthy blood pressure can indicate low anxiety, and lower risk of heart attack and stroke. People who suffer from chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension, run the risk of their heart overworking as it tries to maintain appropriate levels of oxygen and other necessities in the body.

Feelings of anxiety and depression have also been linked with high blood pressure. When blood pressure is lowered it is possible, if not likely, that anxiety and stress will decrease as well.

There’s no denying a correlation – and it’s one reason to take the plunge and invest in that new fireplace today.

Any Other Mental Health Benefits?

That study revealed some telling things, but what other benefits can a fireplace provide for mental health?

🧠 Reduced Anxiety.
When watching a fire our natural reaction is feelings of calm and peace. The mind is able to relax and slow down which allows thoughts to order themselves – and allows you to focus. Regular exposure to safely burning in-home fires in a fireplace is a proven way to relax and slow down – causing long lasting mental health benefits.

🧠 Desire to Socialize.
Another benefit that the study noted was a higher desire among participants to socialize and engage with other people. One of the symptoms of poor mental health is isolation, even as feelings of loneliness are present. Experiencing community with others has been linked to positive moods and strong mental health.

🧠 Positive Reflections.
Different smells can have different effects on people. The right scent has the power to mentally transport a person to specific times and places that they have connected to various feelings. The soothing aroma of burning wood is almost always linked with feelings of comfort, warmth, and relaxation.

The “Why” Behind the Benefits

two feet with cozy socks propped up near a burning fireplaceAs it often does, science has shown us what was already assumed to be true – that the presence of a safely burning fire provides benefits of relaxation and a better mood. It is no wonder streaming services, like Netflix, provide customers with the option to stream fireplace fires on the television.

But, what is it exactly about fire that triggers this ease of anxiety and increase in positive feelings?

Well, it seems there are some historical links. Humans have a long relationship with fire. Theories suggest that these positive reactions we have to the sound, light, and warmth of a fire are innate, instilled in us from our species first mastery over fire.

As the human species developed, fire allowed various advantages, such as seeing in the dark, warding off danger, and keeping warm in cold climates. Fire provided comfort, allowing our bodies and senses to relax. In addition to that, food consumption became safer as we were able to cook it.

Basically, fire allowed communities to eat together, serve each other, and fellowship with one another – all while gaining the peace of mind that comes with light, warmth, and safety. All of those things still show themselves to be true as we spend time around the fire today.

Reap the Benefits by Relying on Us

Lords Chimney specializes in designing and installing fireplaces that fit perfectly into the aesthetic of your home. Whatever your vision is for your fireplace, our team can help you decide on what type of fireplace would fit your needs – and we can install it too. Already own a fireplace? We are fully equipped to help you maintain it.

Call Lords Chimney or reach out to us online today to begin your fireplace ownership journey today.