Maintaining a clean home is important, but have you considered the unseen dust in your house? Your home’s air ducts and vents may hold a lot of waste, and if you don’t maintain them clean, this trash may travel throughout your house. Sparkling and Beyond offers some advice on how to clean air vents to […]
Maintaining a clean home is important, but have you considered the unseen dust in your house? Your home’s air ducts and vents may hold a lot of waste, and if you don’t maintain them clean, this trash may travel throughout your house. Sparkling and Beyond offers some advice on how to clean air vents to prevent air pollution in your house.
Safety first. Before you start cleaning, make sure to turn off your furnace and air conditioner.
Look for a switch located on or near your furnace. Location of the switch varies, so check the sides, rear or even in the rafters if the switch is not immediately visible. The switch will look like a standard light switch and should be flipped to the “off” position.
If you are unable to reach your furnace or air handler, or if you were unable to find the power switch, go to the main fuse box or circuit breaker and open the panel door. Inside, there will be several circuit breakers that should be labeled with the locations that each breaker feeds. Turn off the breaker for your HVAC equipment. If the breakers are not labeled, you may need to test each breaker to identify the corresponding areas of your home.
In either case, we suggest you verify that power has been turned off before proceeding with installation of your thermostat.
With the dirt and dust loosened, it’s time to use the vacuum and its attachments. Remember, a heavy-duty vacuum will be much better at sucking up the dust and dirt than your regular home vacuum would be. Vacuum along the vent walls and in all nooks and crannies that are reachable. Make sure that the vacuum you rent has a long hose to reach deep into the ducts. This is important, as there may be mold and mildew growing inside the air ducts. If you want the ducts to be cleaned more thoroughly, consider hiring a professional to do the job.
Put all of your vents back where they belong. Don’t worry if they’re still a little wet,they will air dry later.
You can clean air vents whenever you like. Many homeowners like to clean air vents every four to six months. It is also a good idea to make sure your air filter is clean. If your air filter is full of dust, it is probably a good time to change it out with a new one, which will help prevent dust from immediately refilling the ducts and vents. If your filter is dirty, you’ll still get dirty air coming up through your vents and it will ruin all of your hard work!
Although air ducts and vents are often not considered as sources of dust and allergens, they can actually be very problematic in your home. To keep allergens, dust, and other particles from entering your home’s air, you should maintain your vents and ducts clean. Air duct cleaning can help prevent lung and breathing issues.
In short, by keeping your ducts clean, you can avoid shelling out a fortune for services and repairs. Your HVAC system’s components might become damaged and worn out by dust, necessitating early maintenance and repairs.
For some homeowners, cleaning the air conditioning vents and ducts is too much work to do themselves. A good way to make sure that your ducts are properly cleaned out without any accidents or other problems occurring during the cleaning is to hire a professional. If you are looking for deep cleaning services, contact Sparkling and Beyond today. Our team will keep your living space dirt-free by wiping away the dust accumulated in your air vents or any other areas! Contact us in sparklingandbeyond.com
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