When it comes to cleaning, most individuals regularly vacuum the carpets, dust off the surfaces, and clean the windows. But few people remember to clean the air ducts.
Regularly cleaning your air ducts of vital importance for the air quality in your home and the health of you and your loved ones. Although it’s worth booking a professional duct cleaning company who can inspect and thoroughly clean your ducts, you can also contribute by doing some regular cleaning yourself. In this article, we’ll show you how.
What you’ll need to clean your air ducts
As with any other cleaning task, preparation is key. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies before starting so you don’t have to pause the process or stop completely. To clean your air ducts, you’ll need:
- A vacuum cleaner – you’ll use it to clean the air from any dust and dirt
- A power drill – you’ll need it to take away any screws from the vents
- Gloves – protect yourself by wearing gloves and a dust mask and goggles
- Furnace filter – after cleaning your air ducts, it’s best to install a new furnace filter
- Cleaning cloth – you can use a microfiber cloth for several stages of the process
- Paper towels – regardless of the cleaning job, paper towels always come in handy
- Garbage bag – be prepared to throw away the dirty paper towels or any other garbage produced during the cleaning process
How to clean your air ducts
Now that you’ve prepared with all the right materials, it’s time to move on to the step-by-step cleaning process. Before you begin, you’ll need to unscrew the screws holding your air duct covers secure. Do the same for the return-air grill plates. From then on, here are the next steps:
- Put paper towels on the supply vents – those are the vents that provide heat to the space. Cover up the ones that you won’t be cleaning to stop the dirt particles from reaching other locations.
- Adjust your thermostat on “fan on” – use the fan to support you in removing the dust that you separate from the vents while cleaning.
- Loosen the dirt in the ducts – tapping the ducts will help the dust separate from the surface and loosen up, making it easier to remove. Use your brush handle to do the tapping.
- Sweep out the dust from your supply register – once the dust has been loosened up, use the vacuum cleaner. Lift the register and use the hose to suck up any dust coming out as a result of the fan working.
- Use a wet microfiber to wipe the interior – reach down into the duct and make sure the interior walls are wiped clean with a damp microfiber. You can also do this using a wet wipe.
- Clean your return registers – get as much dirt as you can off from the return registers using your brush.
- Turn off the fan and furnace – use the service switch or breaker panel to turn off the fan and furnace.
- Access the blower compartment & return air boot – you can safely clean these areas as the power is turned off and there are no risks. There is dust accumulated in the blower and return air boot as well. Clean as much as you can.
- Substitute the furnace filter with a new one – for maximum and lasting results, replace the old furnace filter with a new one in order to guarantee it works properly and reduces the dust in your home.
As you can see, you can maintain your air ducts in perfect condition by yourself but you can also hire an experienced duct cleaning professional who can help save time, provide flawless results, and keep your HVAC system fresh and healthy.