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ELPING members make their homes more com- fortable and energy efficient is a duty I take seri- ously. It is very rewarding.


One of the first things I recommend homeowners check is the exterior clothes dryer vent. My experience has shown that seven out of ten homes have an issue with how the dryer exhausts to the outdoors.


Craig Hendrickson


Residential Energy Auditor


Some vents have


flaps that won’t close completely and some


have lost their flaps altogether. Still others don’t have an exhaust vent at all.


Any of these conditions will allow unwanted air to enter your home, causing your climate control system to cycle more often and costing you additional energy dollars. The situation becomes even worse when the wind is blowing. Air infiltration is considered a double-edged sword because you can lose even larger quantities of condi- tioned air when your climate control unit is in operation. If your system is running, your home is pressurized. Air can be drawn into the home or forced out through a dryer vent that isn’t functioning properly. How do you fix this problem, you ask? First, open the flap and look for lint that may have built up in and around the opening. Remove what you can by hand. An old toothbrush comes in handy for cleaning the little nooks and crannies. Concentrate on the areas of the hinges and the rims of the flap and housing. When you are finished, make sure the flaps close com- pletely.


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C Need to vent? There is a better way.


If the flap is gone or will not close all the way, you will need to replace the vent. You can go to the local hardware store and purchase a model similar to the original, but I have a better idea. Why not get one with no flaps at all? Vent models manufactured by Lambro, Heartland or Deflect-O are very similar in that they are cylindrical in shape and offer a unique and effective way of exhausting clothes dryer air, using a cup that “floats.” This mechanism opens the passageway when the dryer is in operation and seats itself to seal the passageway when the unit is finished drying. The good air stays in and the bad air stays out. Plus insects, rodents and other critters are kept at bay. My mother bought a newer home a couple of years ago and the dryer vent was in bad shape. I went surfing and found the Heartland vent with good reviews. It installed as easy as the conventional types. It has stayed intact and works like a charm. I have not found the Heartland or Lambro brands at any store locally, but you can go online and find them quite easily. Amazon has them but the prices can vary quite a bit. The one I installed for my mom was about $30. I purchased a second one later for demonstration purposes and it was only $16 dollars.


Ace Hardware carries the


Deflect-O Ultra Seal Dryer Vent for under the $30 price point. You can purchase one online and have it shipped free to an Ace dealer near you for pick-up if you can’t find it in stock.


HECK your copy of Northeast Connection each month and see if you are the lucky winner of a $25 electric bill credit. Match the number in the box below to the account number on your monthly statement, then call 1-800-256-6405 ext. 9340 to claim your prize. This month’s winning account number is:


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