Tips & Advice
How can you tell if a dryer vent needs cleaning?
If the dryer surface feels very hot while it’s running, and clothes take more time than the standard cycle to become dry, the vent needs cleaning. Other signs include a very humid or hot laundry room and an excess of lint around the dryer.
Does vent cleaning improve efficiency?
Yes, vent cleaning often improves efficiency, provided there are no other issues with the dryer, and especially if the vent is very clogged before cleaning.
A dryer vent is the opening from the dryer ducts to the outdoors that allows the warm, moist air being processed to escape from back of the dryer. Over many repetitions of this process, it also catches a lot of lint. Cleaning the vent regularly will also make sure that leaves and other outdoor debris won’t clog it.
How often should dryer vents be cleaned?
Dryer vents should be cleaned annually at minimum, but ideally every four to six months, or more frequently if you dry multiple loads daily.
Do dryer vents need to be cleaned regularly?
Yes, dryer vents should be cleaned regularly because clogged dryer vents are a fire hazard (due to the trapped lint) and exhaust fumes contain poisonous carbon monoxide. Less dire reasons are that clogged dryer vents prevent clothes from drying and therefore put excessive wear on the appliance, because it takes more cycles to get clothes dry.
Do window washing services also clean the window frames?
Window washing services can clean the window frames, but they might charge an additional fee. The cost for frame-cleaning can run between $0.50-$5 per frame. Regular frame cleaning is essential, since dirt, dust, and dead insects can accumulate over time in the window tracks.
How much do window washing services cost?
Window washing services tend to cost $200-$300 to clean all the windows in a dwelling. Many companies charge by the window pane, and you can expect to pay between $2 and $7 per pane. Alternatively, some window washing companies charge by the hour. Windows that are hard to reach or excessively dirty will cost more.
Do window washing companies provide over-the-phone quotes?
Yes, most window washing companies offer quotes over the phone. For the most accurate quote, you’ll need to be prepared with detailed information such as how many stories the building has, and what types of windows are being cleaned. Some companies offer online estimate tools with diagrams that make it easy to identify window types.
How often should window washing services be used?
Ideally, have your windows washed every few months. If you live near a forest and your windows accumulate lots of dirt and pollen, monthly washing may be necessary. City dwellers who live in environments with lots of smog might also require monthly window washing. As an added benefit, clean windows allow more sunlight into your home, which can help reduce heating bills in the winter.
What types of cleaning products are used for window washing?
Most window washers use squeegees, scrapers, sponges, and microfiber cleaning cloths paired with glass cleaner. Ammonia-based glass cleaners can damage leaded or stained glass, and ammonia-free alternatives are available. Eco-friendly glass cleaners use natural ingredients such as vinegar and essential oils.