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Having an efficient dryer vent

Home appliances make our lives so much easier, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that our appliances need periodic maintenance and, inspections. Annual dryer vent inspections are important for a few reasons. At Old Smokey’s our ventilation experts want to remind you that having a clean dryer vent can make your dryer run more efficiently, saving you time and money. It also has the added benefit of keeping your home safer.

dryer ventilation system in ceiling

Clogged vents

It takes a lot of hot moving air to dry wet clothing. To avoid overheating, dryers need a place to vent the air it pushes through your clothing. For most models of clothes dryers, there is an opening for ventilation in the back. This opening is usually about four to six inches and is connected to a duct that directs the air into your home’s main ventilation ductwork, or outside of your home. When your dryer is in use, tiny pieces of cloth called lint break loose from your clothing. This lint gets caught up in your dryer’s airflow and is propelled toward your dryer’s vent until it is intercepted by your dryer’s lint trap. A lint trap prevents lint from entering your dryer and home’s ductwork.


Your lint trap doesn’t catch all of the lint pushed towards your ventilation, however. When lint gets past your lint trap, it can settle in your dryer’s ventilation. A build-up of just a little bit of lint can reduce airflow significantly. This reduction in airflow does two things: first, it makes it more likely that lint will get trapped in your ventilation duct; and second, it pushes cooler air back into your dryer making your dryer less efficient by extending drying times. If it gets to the point that there is a significant clog in your ventilation, not only does it drain your efficiency, but it can be a very serious safety hazard. Clogged dryer vents can lead to your dryer overheating, causing it to start on fire, or it can cause dangerous carbon monoxide gas to leak into your home.

Vent Cleaning

The best way to keep your dryer running efficiently and keep your home safe is to make sure your dryer vent is inspected annually by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified ventilation expert. At Old Smokey’s, our CSIA certified ventilation technicians have had a ton of knowledge and experience inspecting and cleaning dryer ventilation duct.
You can be sure that our technicians will have your dryer running efficiently and safely, year after year.

Once lint gets into your dryer ventilation, it will accumulate quickly, so don’t push off cleaning your ventilation for another year. If you live in northern Indiana, northern Ohio, or mid-Michigan and it’s been a while since you’ve had your ventilation inspected, call Old Smokey’s today at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an in-home appointment online.

Our Special Offers

Being a homeowner is a big responsibility. Often, this responsibility comes with a price tag. After spending money on property taxes, remodelings, and general home maintenance, it would be nice to catch a little financial break from time to time. At Old Smokey’s, we can’t eliminate all of your home expenses, but we can help with your fireplace and chimney expenses. We offer great deals for chimney parts and services that will save you some money this winter, making homeownership a little bit easier on your wallet.


With colder weather fast approaching, it will soon be time to make sure that your fireplace and chimney are in good working condition. Having a chimney system that is well maintained and clean is essential to your fireplace and chimney’s longevity. In addition to that, annual chimney cleaning and maintenance will help assure that your chimney is safe to operate once it gets cold. At Old Smokey’s we know annual maintenance expenses can really add up. We want to help out with maintenance costs, so right now we are offering a coupon for $10 off your next chimney cleaning and inspection. Chimney inspections are recommended once a year, so if you need to have your chimney inspected anyways, this is a deal you should definitely take advantage of. Also, if you are going to get a chimney inspection, it might as well be done by the best. At Old Smokey’s, our chimney technicians have all been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) which means that, not only are you getting a great deal, but you’re also getting top-notch chimney service.

Free Accessory!

Right now, we are also offering a one-time deal that could save you up to $730! You heard that right, at Old Smokey’s we are offering deals on wood, gas, and outdoor Regency products. If you install a Regency wood product, you are eligible for a free blower, if you install a Regency gas product, you are eligible for free venting, and if you purchase an outdoor product, you are eligible for a free gas log set. With deals like this, now is a great time to talk to one of our sales representatives to see if you are eligible for savings. This offer is only good from September 16 through December 1st, so act fast! Special conditions do apply and this deal may not be available for all Regency products, so stop into our showroom today to see what products you are eligible for.

At Old Smokeys, we want to help you save money, so you can spend it on the ones you love this holiday season. If you haven’t had your annual chimney inspection or you’re thinking about installing a new heating appliance, take advantage of our wonderful deals today! If you live in northern Indiana, northern Ohio, or mid-Michigan region, you can reach us at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an in-home appointment online. You can also visit our showroom at 220 W State Street, Ashley, IN 46705 to visit one of our knowledgeable staff. We look forward to saving you money this winter!

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