In the summer, temperatures in Houston, Texas are known to rise to 90 degrees and higher on the average day in July or August. This high heat causes many people to use significantly more energy in their homes during the summer months. Many families’ budgets are not prepared for this seasonal increase in utility bills.

With summer approaching, many people are looking to find valid ways to save money and decrease their utility bills in the coming months. Dryer usage comprises a large percentage of monthly utility bills along with other summer expenses. In fact, many people who forgo regular dryer vent cleanings are forced to pay an excessive amount of money each month for their dryer usage due to the excess energy their dryer uses every time they dry a load of laundry.

Fortunately, you can save a significant amount of money and lower your utility bills even in the summer simply by getting your dryer vents cleaned regularly. Dryer vents naturally fill up with lint from clothing that is dried over time. When your dryer vent is clogged with excessive lint buildup due to infrequent cleanings, the dryer itself uses up to 30 percent more energy than is generally necessary every time it dries a load of laundry. For families who commonly dry two or three loads of laundry per week, this 30 percent increase in energy usage can cause their utility bills to skyrocket at the end of the month.

Furthermore, when a dryer vent is clogged, it takes a much longer time for the dryer to fully dry clothes. This causes families to have to run the dryer for twice the normal amount of time to get any clothes, towels or bedding sufficiently dry, thereby wasting additional energy and money that could go toward other purchases.

A good timetable for getting your dryer vent cleaned is one time per year. Call in a trusted professional, like Enviromax Services, to inspect and clean your dryer vent annually in order to minimize the amount of energy it uses and ensure that it remains clear throughout the year. By enlisting the help of an experienced professional just once a year, you can cut down your energy usage by up to 30 percent every month and save a significant amount of money on your utility bills in the expensive summer months and throughout the entire year.