As people strive to be healthier and more energy conscious, a long list of new things to do starts forming. From replacing appliances for more energy efficient versions, to insulating and sealing attics and crawl spaces, every part of your home is another chance to make the best of your home improvements.
Air duct and vent cleaning is something that people rarely consider when they are making updates, improving, or even spring cleaning their homes. Yet it is more important than you might think.
You can hire a professional to clean air ducts and vents for you, or you can attempt to do it yourself. Either method will likely take a few hours out of your day, but you will be better off for it.
Reasons Why Air Duct and Vent Cleaning Are Important
- Air ducts can hold all sorts of dust, grime, and dirt.
- Dirty air ducts can spread germs, bacteria, and viruses.
- Dirty air ducts mean that dirt, dust, and grime are circulating through your house, which can be harmful not just to your heath, but also to your furniture and belongings.
- Clean air ducts and vents ensure prime effectiveness of your air filtering unit.
- Dirty air ducts and vents can cause odors or even burning smells, especially if the heat is running.
- Clean air ducts and vents help prevent allergens.
How to Clean Air Ducts and Vents Yourself
If you are looking to avoid the hassle of spending money on a professional to clean your air ducts and vents, you can do it yourself. It will take a couple hours, but is fairly easy. You will need a few supplies such as: A step ladder to reach vents, a flashlight, a screwdriver (not all vents are screwed on, but some are) your vacuum cleaner or a handheld vacuum, wash rags, a towel for drying, and whatever cleaning product you prefer. Effective cleaning can be accomplished with simple water and dish soap, but vinegar is also useful for disinfecting especially if any mold is found.
For each vent in your home, remove the cover. Use the vacuum to remove excess dust and dirt from both the vent cover and the air duct. Use your cleaning solution to wash the area, and make sure to dry thoroughly. Use the flashlight for dark areas to ensure a thorough job. Make sure to wash the vent covers as well, and replace them securely.
Don’t forget to change your filters regularly as well, and vacuum and clean around the filter each time you change it.
How often should air ducts and vents be cleaned?
To ensure maximum efficiency and clean, healthy air flow, air ducts and vents are best cleaned quarterly. Usually at the end of each season is the best time to clean, especially to reduce allergens.
Air duct and vent cleaning is a chore that is quite commonly overlooked. To ensure that the air in your home is clean and healthy, and also to maximize the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, this chore should not be forgotten.