Tips for Cleaning Air Ducts

Tips for Cleaning Air Ducts

A part of spring cleaning could mean cleaning out the air ducts as well. Follow these tips for fresh airways.

The best way to make sure your HVAC system works for as long as possible is to take good care of it. One way that some experts recommend is to clean the air ducts, but little evidence supports the necessity of regular duct cleaning. Even if dust and debris are in your system, your indoor air quality at home will still be relatively healthy. Regardless, there are times when air duct cleaning is necessary. You can perform it yourself, but sometimes a professional may be best for the job.

When To Clean Your Air Ducts

In a regular house, the air ducts may accumulate dust, dander, and dirt over time. Because of this build-up, the HVAC system may have to work harder to push air throughout the house and overwork itself. Your home may not reach the desired temperature, and your energy bills may rise. Other cases where air duct cleaning is a must is if you find mold or pests within the ductwork. Both pose serious health hazards. Overall, however, a homeowner should clean the air ducts only as needed.

How to Clean Air Ducts Yourself

It isn’t every case where you have to hire a professional. You can clean the air ducts yourself; it is similar to cleaning nearly any hard surface. Vacuuming, dusting, and wiping are standard duct cleaning methods. 

You will first want to cover the supply registers with paper towels so no debris flies out of them in the process. Make sure you have an air filter in place, too. Then, shut off the furnace’s warm or cool air, but turn the fan on to help the dust move through the system. You can knock the sides of the ducts to help dislodge dust on their inside walls. 

Going around the house, clean out each supply register with a heavy-duty vacuum that has a hose attachment. Remove any extra debris with a brush or paper towel. Once you have completed those, vacuum out the return air registers as well. These are often dirtier than the supply registers. To clean the HVAC unit itself, you will need to turn off the power first before opening it up. At the end, don’t forget to replace your air filter.

When to Call an HVAC Professional

Unless you have professional grade filtration, it is recommended to call a professional to do the cleaning for you. The main reason for this is that if you are not very careful, you will disturb all the dust and bacteria in the ducts and push it into the house or breath it in directly while working. Professionals have special covers to prevent the dirty air from circulating back into the house. They also use professional grade air filtration for the air being blown through the duct. If you discover along the way that your air ducts are leaking, you may need a professional to come and repair them. If there is a serious issue like mold or pests, call an expert to safely remove them. 


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