It’s safe to say that throughout most of the year, we are using our homes’ air vents for either heating or air conditioning. We rely on our furnace and air conditioners to keep us comfortable and warm throughout the colder winter months, and nice and cool during the summertime. With so much use throughout the year, it’s no surprise that air vents in our homes need to be cleaned from time to time. Not cleaning your air vents can result in poorer performance, and it can also contribute to harmful allergens being blown around your home. So how do you go about cleaning your air vents? Here’s a quick guide!
Before you get started…
First, there are some things you are going to need. A heavy-duty vacuum is going to help you out quite a bit, and so will a broom and cleaning brush. Lastly, you’ll need a screwdriver that matches with the screws on your wall and floor vent covers.
To get started cleaning your vents, you’re first going to want to turn off the power to your heating and air conditioning system. You don’t want to suddenly get a bunch of dust and dirt blown your way while cleaning, do you? Of course you don’t. Your next step is to unscrew the air vent covers from your walls and floors, this is where that handy screwdriver comes into play. Once you have the vent covers unscrewed and taken off, use your cleaning brush to clean them thoroughly. Vent covers are often traps for dust and dirt, so make sure you get them as clean as possible. If they are VERY dusty, you may want to use soap and water to give them the best cleaning possible.
After you’ve unscrewed and cleaned your vent covers, it’s time to get to the bulk of the work. Take your vacuum and vacuum the ducts as much as possible. A standard household vacuum is typically not powerful enough to really get into the deep nooks and crannies of the vents, so you’re much better off using a high-power, heavy duty vacuum. If you don’t happen to own such a vacuum, it’s always possible to rent one. Use a vacuum with as long a hose as possible to reach far into the vents; this is important seeing as mold and mildew can easily grow in the further depths of your vents.
Once you’ve used your vacuum to clean inside your vents, the last thing you need to do is clean your ceiling vent covers. These are usually out of reach, so use a broom to knock the dust and dirt off of them. Be sure to wear a mask, as this dust and dirt will be falling down to you as you clean.
And there you have it! Cleaning your air vents is easy as long as you use the right tools and equipment and follow these simple steps.