Ever felt like cleaning your entire facility but just can’t get into those tough machinery? Cleaning air ducts and vents in your house regularly is an important task. It comes with immense benefits. The dust trapped in your HVAC system isn’t only unwanted pollution, it is capable of posing grave health hazards. We are presenting some Do-it-yourself (DIY) tips for epic cleaning!
It is better to nip this problem in the bud. It builds up within the air channels in your home as they contain a large number of residues, pollen, dirt and other allergens. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. A desirable aspect of healthy lifestyle is the availability of clean air. Regular cleanups ensure that you enjoy clean air in your home where you spend most of your time.
Everyday home appliances catch a lot of dust. It is necessary to keep doing their health checks. In the long run, this maintenance ensures that your appliances run smoothly. Typical example can be that your air conditioner and heating systems are also likely to last longer with clean ducts. Many studies have suggested that cleanliness ensures the efficiency of these systems. What does that mean to you? More savings on power bills.
What cleanliness goals should you keep in mind?
One of the best ways to ensure clean air in your home is to clean the air vents. Ideally, the entire HVAC system must be cleaned. The nature of these pollutants is such that failure to clean any component of the system can result in recontamination of the entire system. A little carelessness can be counterproductive to the efforts of cleaning. This isn’t just our opinion. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the air ducts, coils, drain pan, grills, registers, blower motor, air filer and other such related components.
Why must you invest your time into cleaning of air ducts?
- It enhances the standard of living
- It creates a disease-free environment for your family
- It creates a cleaner living environment
- It reduces Allergens and Irritants
- It removes unpleasant smells and odors
- It improves efficiency of Air Flow and furnace
- It improves the overall air quality
- Save your hard-earned money on heating and air conditioning.
- Benefit from increased shelf life of appliances
Step-wise DIY measures that you can employ to clean the air vents:
1. Supply registers:
Air registers are openings that supply heated air to the rooms. Start covering up your supply air registers with paper towels. This keeps the dislodged dust from sifting into the rooms as you work. Upon every round of cleaning, simply lift the register, wrap the paper towel over the top of it, and replace it otherwise pollutants will get accumulated and thereby blocking the air channels.
2. Switching on fans:
A very simple trick a learned from the repairman is turning the fan on. If the fan is running while you are cleaning, the dust that you are going to loosen with your rubbing and brushing moves along out of the system. Make sure that the thermostat is set to “fan on,” and shut off the “heat/cool” mode so that only the fan is running. In case your appliances do not support fan-only option, you can run the heat, or you might take this opportunity to install a newer thermostat with this helpful option.
3. Filter Check:
Dust often gets pulled back into the system. You need to make sure that your furnace filter is in place. Now you don’t have to worry. Go and knock the dust loose!
4. Loosen dust in ducts:
Once the filter check and replacement is complete, loosen up any buildup of dust in the duct. You can simply tap on any accessible duct work you have in the basement. Take the handle of your brush and begin. Any deposits of dampened dust will be broken up as these are usually stuck to the insides of the duct where you cannot reach.
5. Clean supply registers:
Now you can start sweeping out the dust in your supply registers. With the vacuum running and the end of the hose near the register, lift the register. Use a hose to catch any dust that is being pushed out by the fan and proceed to sweep as far into the register’s piping as your hose can reach. Use your brush to scuff loose any built up dust in the register. As you go through the house sweeping out the supply registers, you can remove and dispose of the paper towels you’ve put in place earlier.
6. Clean return air registers:
Sweep out your return air registers. These are likely to be fastened with a screw and require a basic tool to remove them. Again, brush and sweep as far back into the register piping or cavity as you can.
7. Shut off fan and furnace:
Also follow some level of security during this operation. Remember to shut the fan off at the thermostat along with the power off to the furnace via the service switch or breaker panel. Do not just shut off the thermostat, as that doesn’t turn off the power to the unit.
8. Clean the blower compartment:
Now turn the power off. Remove the panels on the front of the furnace. This allows you to access the blower compartment and the return air boot. Use vacuum to sweep up the dust built up in this component. This is where the majority of your dust bulks up. While you’re at it, you should clean the furnace fan as well.
9. Replace furnace filter:
Buying a certified filter will cut down on the dust in your home. However, there’s another point to make a note of: the better the filter, the more frequently it must be changed. As we discussed earlier, a dirty filter may restrict the airflow to the fan. This leads to increased load on the appliance. The blower motor will be getting hotter which will subsequently reduce its lifespan. You might want to maintain certain regularity in these cleanliness measures. Be the judge and decide the frequency of these measures to change your filter as it varies depending on your home, your pets, and your location.