According to a study conducted by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 15,000 fires that occur annually in the United States is caused by a clothes dryer. This is due to excess lint that is formed during the clothes drying process.
Lint that is accumulated over time blocks the vents in the dryer causing it to overheat and short circuit. To avoid burning the house down, we can occasionally check the lint trap in the dryer but that does not guarantee that there is no lint trapped in other parts of the dryer vent. What is needed is a safety gadget that can alert you of a blockage.
Thankfully the Dryer Vent Alarm is now made available in the market. By installing this device into the dryer’s transition hose, it will alert you with the sound of an alarm when the dryer is blocked with lint. The Dryer Vent Alarm monitors the air pressure in the dryer vents. There are also five LEDs located at the base of the device indicating the amount of blockage in the dryer. When all five LEDs are lit, that would indicate that there is a serious blockage in your dryer vent.
In addition to that, if there is a blockage in the vent the air pressure will go up. At the point when the air pressure reaches a critical level of 90 dB, the alarm will activate. The Dryer Vent Alarm will continue to ring until someone presses the reset button. Not only can this device reduce the number of fire incidents caused by a blocked dryer; it can also save energy because a blocked dryer causes it to use more energy to dry the clothes.