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How To Clean Residential Air Vents And Ducts

If you have been in your home for a long time, you might want to consider cleaning your ducts and air vents. Many people think that they need to invest in a new furnace and air conditioner because they notice that their airflow is getting worse. In actuality the problem is often the result of dirty vents and ducts. This article will explain how you can clean your own ducts to help increase the efficiency and air flow of your heating and air conditioning systems.

Cleaning The Vents

The first step is to remove all of your vents. You can do this with a handheld flathead screwdriver and a sprayer. Some vents could have caulk around the edges, so you might need to cut the seal with a utility knife. When the vent is removed from the wall you can clean it off with a pressurized air sprayer or with a hose. Of course, water can damage aluminum vents and lead to rusting.

You can even repaint your vents while they are removed from your wall. This is a good idea if you recently painted your baseboard and want your vents to match.

Cleaning The Ducts

Cleaning the ducts is a little more difficult. You will probably need a ladder to reach the ducts that are high up. You will also need a duster attached to an extension pole. Of course, most people do not have one of these, so you might need to get creative. For instance, if you have an extension pole for paint roller you can usually find a dusting attachment that will screw onto it. You can even use a broom with a few wet rags taped to the end. (This actually works really well if you soak the rags in some basic household cleaners.) The trick is to rub every wall of the duct. This should remove any dust resting on the sidewalls of your duct interiors.

Cleaning your ducts and vents is a great weekend project, no matter how old or new your heating and air condition system are. It will make your home much more energy efficient and you might even be able to turn down your thermostat a bit. It is also a home improvement project that might protect your home from mold that can cause health problems and allergies. By remediating mold in your ducts, you can prevent it from spreading throughout your entire home.

For more information, contact a company like Jones Air Conditioning & Electric.