Dryer manufacturers have introduced a new feature known as “Flow Sense” or “Check Vent” Indicators, a step in the right direction; however, not to be taken for granted
Kentwood Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard says regular inspections and cleaning are the only way to ensure dryer safety. A new feature added to some clothes dryers, known as “flow sense” or “check vent” indicators is intended to detect and warn about ventilation problems; however, this feature should not be taken for granted. These new devices can help enhance dryer performance, but manufacturers are not calling them safety features.
Greg Longe, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard (http://www.dryerventwizard.com) in Grand Rapids was recently asked about safety features on clothes dryers. He explained, “Dryer vent cleaning is the only way to be completely safe. The new features are a step in the right direction, but don’t count on them! Consumer Reports did a study and the results were inconsistent. Sometimes the indicators worked, sometimes they did not.”
Consumer Reports says these indicators cannot be relied on to alert people to a blocked dryer vent system. All clothes dryers, with or without these new features, should be connected to a metal dryer duct that is vented to the outdoors. “Even the very best clothes dryer, with all the newest features, and a state-of-the-art dryer vent system, will require dryer vent cleaning periodically,” said Longe.
According to the Wizard, newer isn’t always better. A good clothes dryer can range from $500 – 1,200, with custom programming and automatic dry sensors to improve efficiency. “It is not necessary to buy the most expensive model,” said Longe. “The most important part of a clothes dryer’s function is the dryer vent system. Without proper ventilation, even the very best dryer will not function properly.”
Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees across the U.S. work to encourage public awareness on the importance of dryer safety. They are licensed and qualified to install and service commercial and residential dryer vent systems. Visit http://www.kentwooddryerventcleaning.com/ to learn more.
About Dryer Vent Wizard: Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with nearly 60 franchisees in major markets. Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees work to promote public awareness on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.