As avid proponents of home, car, and child safety, we never hesitate to introduce novel new products that attempt to alleviate common dangers within these settings. Such is the case with the LintAlert clothes dryer vent alarm.
When I think of dryer lint, I think back to my days as a Boy Scout. We would collect the lint from our mother’s dryers before each camping trip and store it in a small plastic bag. Then, we’d use it as kindling for starting campfires with flint and steel. It took a single spark to ignite the lint – thus my first hand experience with the flammability of this stuff.
So when was the last time you cleaned your clothes dryer vent? LintAlert claims that more than 40 dryers catch fire daily in the U.S., typically due to lint build up on dryer vent walls. This build up prevents hot dryer exhaust gases from escaping, thus initiating heat spikes that can easily ignite the flammable lint.
Operation of the device is so simple it again makes me wonder why I didn’t think of it. After the sensor is connected to a dryer vent, it “monitors and displays the back pressure levels found in the exhaust conduit of the dryer. Pressure levels found in the dryer duct typically increase over time due to lint build-up, animal nests or vent hoods that become inoperable…When the pressure reaches and unsafe level, the alarm state will activate, indicating maintenance is required.”
Having won several awards for its innovative design, the LintAlert is easy enough for any home owner to install. And given the fact that it could save your property and life, it may be well worth its $45 investment. Check out the video.