Cleaning your air ducts and vents is probably not something you think about often doing, but it is essential to clean them as part of your regular home maintenance occasionally. Keeping your air ducts and vents clean will help keep your home cleaner and save you a little money on your energy bill.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started, you will need to gather the following materials:
- Vacuum cleaner: Any vacuum cleaner will do the trick, as long as you have a long hose and extra attachments to reach into all the nooks and crannies. Consider renting a heavy-duty vacuum from your local home improvement store for the best results.
- Screwdriver: Most air duct vents are kept in place with screws, so you will most likely need a basic screwdriver to take the vent off. Check your vents if you are unsure what size you will need, but any standard screwdriver usually does the trick.
- Scrub brush: You will probably want to scrub the vents after vacuuming. A long-handled scrub brush with stiff bristles is perfect for getting this part of the job done.
- Broom and cleaning cloths: Useful for getting rid of any spider webs, dust, and debris that may be present while you clean.
Cleaning Vents and Ducts How-To
Cleaning your vents and ducts is relatively easy; it just takes a little prep work. Here are the steps for ensuring that your vents and ducts receive proper cleaning:
Step 1: Getting Started
Before you get started, you will want to ensure that the power is off in your heating and air conditioning system. Unscrew your AC vents and give them a thorough brushing. If your vents are particularly dirty, wash them with warm water and soap.
Step 2: Removing the Loose Stuff
With the vents out of the way, it’s time to start cleaning inside the ducts. Use your long-handled scrub brush to loosen dirt and dust along the air duct walls. Reach as far as you can go. The longer your scrub brush handle, the easier cleaning will be. After loosening the dirt and dust with a scrub brush, vacuum along the air duct walls, carefully ensuring that you’ve gotten every nook and cranny.
Step 3: A Little Cleaner
After vacuuming, take a damp cloth and thoroughly clean along the vent walls as far as you can reach. If you can, try attaching a damp cloth to a longer handle so you can reach further. If you have one on hand, a mop with a disposable or reusable pad may help during this step.
Step 4: Finish Up
Now that the inside of your vents looks clean, it is time to clean the cleaning mess. Use a broom or vacuum to clean up any debris that may have fallen on the floor. Return your vent covers to their proper place and tightly screw the vent back into place.
What If I Find Mold During My DIY Duct Cleaning?
If you think you’ve found mold in your air ducts while cleaning, it is crucial to have it tested to verify. If it is mold, you will need to have your air ducts professionally cleaned to remove them. Our experts at Steamatic Restoration & Cleaning are trained and qualified to remove dangerous mold in your air ducts. Our professional air duct cleaning service uses professional equipment and trained experts to ensure mold and dust have been adequately removed.
How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts?
Generally speaking, you should clean your air ducts once or twice per year. The most common times to clean your air ducts are during the fall and the spring. Having your vents and air ducts professionally cleaned is also recommended to help keep your home clean and save money on your energy bill.