There are plenty of reasons why you should clean the air ducts in your home regularly. If the air ducts are clean, the heating or cooling system will be more effective, will have a longer life and the air that we breathe around the home will be much cleaner.
If you feel that you can take up the project of air duct cleaning in your home by yourself without incurring the cost of a professional air duct cleaning service, here are some tips on how you can go about the process of vent cleaning.
There are several types of duct systems – underground and attic systems, but the air duct cleaning process of all systems is the same. While you may not be able to access all the parts of the system, i.e. the underground ducts, you can make a significant difference in the quality of air around you by cleaning the components of the air duct system that you can reach properly.
Things required for air duct cleaning
- Vacuum cleaner
- Cleaning brush
- Paper towels and cloth
- Furnace filter
Vent cleaning process
- Cover all the supply air registers i.e. the openings that distribute air to the room with cloth or paper towels. This will help to keep the dust and dirt from getting into the rooms as you clean.
- When you are cleaning the air duct, make sure that the fan is turned on to keep the loose dust moving.
- Check if the furnace filter is in its place to prevent the dust dislodged due to cleaning being sucked into the fan motor.
- Tap the air duct with your cleaning brush to loosen any dust build-up or damp dust that may be stuck to the inner walls.
- Use your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust that is pushed out by the fan. Try and reach into the air duct as far as you can. Using the cleaning brush, scrape out any dust build-up in the register. Once the registers are clean, you can remove the cloth or paper towels that you used to protect them.
- Next, clean the return air registers that are usually fastened with a screw. Using a screwdriver, remove the screw and the register. Clean the register pipe or air duct as far as you can reach.
- Turn off the furnace and the fan.
- Once you turn off the power, remove the front panels of the furnace and using the vacuum cleaner, remove the dust from the return air boot and blower compartment. Also, clean the furnace fan.
- Replacing the furnace filter can help you reduce the dust in your home significantly since a dirty filter hampers the airflow to the fan and this can reduce the life of the motor. The replacement of the filter depends on the location of your home, pets, etc.
Main air duct cleaning
The areas in the air ducting system that you were unable to clean using the above steps are most likely to have less dirt and dust. Nevertheless, you can clean the external portions of the ductwork too.
- If your ductwork is rectangular, then you can remove the end caps for air vent cleaning on the outside. You can the reach the inside of the duct once the caps are removed with your vacuum pipe and remove any dirt or dust. You can check for any dust in the duct using a flashlight.
- Very often, the ductwork of your air system has registers all along the system to supply air to the basement. By removing these registers, you can clean the main trunk line better.
By following the above steps, you can successfully indulge in some home air duct cleaning all by yourself, without calling in the professional air duct cleaning services.