I am from CT and recently (9 months) purchased a four bedroom home. This is my first home and my wife's fourth purchase. We are avid DIY'ers and have hit the ground running on this house making it ours! Hopefully I can contribute as much as I am going to take away to the forum!
Clothes taking longer to dry?
Clean the dryer screen in HOT water if using fabric softener sheets.
They leave a residue that impedes air-flow, costing you money.
Clean the ducting in the last six months? 17,000 dryer fires annually!