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How To Clean Your Ducts And Vents

Your furnace and air conditioner rely heavily on a clean duct and vent system. When your ducts are clogged or dirty, the air in your home is gonna be dirty. Of course, if there is mold in your ducts, it can be harmful to your health. This is why it is so important to maintain clean ducts. This article explains how to clean the ducts and vents in your home. It is a simple project, but you might need to get a little creative with the tools you use.

First, Remove and Clean the Vents

The first thing you need to do is remove the vents from the wall. The vents are attached with just two screws, so this is easy. You'll want to thoroughly clean most sides of the vents. If your vents are vinyl, plastic, PVC or fiberglass, you can clean them in the sink using dish soap. However, if they are wood or metal, you should just clean them off with a damp rag. Put your vents to the side and now take a look at your ducts.

Second, Clean your Ducts

Cleaning your ducts is easy, but you need some sort of tool to reach deep inside of them. You can get creative and use a long broom stick. If you have a telescoping duster or paint pole, these will work even better. One effective method is to wrap a small rag around the end of the pole and tape it down with duct tape. Get the rag a little wet, and then use the pole to wipe down the inside of the walls. You'll definitely want a flashlight for headlamp in order to see deep inside the ducts.

Take special care to clean the junctions of the ducts. You should also look for build-up near the outlets. There is often a gap between the duct and the drywall that is only accessible when the vents are removed from the wall. Take this time to clean out any dust that has build up in this crack. You might even want to fill the crack with foam insulation before you reach the vents.

At this point, you can put the vents back on the wall. Run your furnace or air conditioner (depending on the season) and see if you can notice improved air flow. This simple project is a great way to make your air cleaner and possible save you money on your utility bills.

While this is a good method for cleaning the outermost parts of your ducts, for an extensive, thorough cleaning, you'll want to call a professional service like Mountain Air Comfort Systems.