When and How to Clean the Air Ducts in Your Home

When and How to Clean the Air Ducts in Your HomeThe efficiency of your house’s cooling and heating structure depends on several factors. One of which is how clean your air ducts are. Since air ducts are generally very tight, it makes it a lot tougher for the newly released air to exchange with the air that’s already in your home.

So, having dirty air ducts undoubtedly makes your air conditioning a lot less effective. It simultaneously creates an unhealthy environment, namely for those who have allergies. That’s because over time, pollutants such as smoke, pollen and fungal growth will accumulate, ultimately instigating or worsening allergic reactions. Here’s how you can avoid the negative effects of dirty air ducts.

When to Clean

The formation of mold is another terrible consequence of dirty air ducts, and it’s not just horrible for your respiratory system; it can also damage your furniture and electronic appliances, too. You should clean your air ducts as soon as you find mold forming.

You should also clean when you actually see dust exiting the ducts as the air is being released. That can be a killer for allergies. In addition, don’t delay cleaning if you find insects or rodents crawling in and out of your ducts, or even notice a new infiltration of such in your home.

To properly time when you should clean your air ducts, the best way is to check your air vent register. You might even notice a form of black residue around the house, which is the ultimate proof that it might be time to change your filter. As a rule of thumb, you should aim for cleaning your ducts at least each three or four years.

How to Clean

 Before starting, you’ll need to have the following tools ready:

  • Cleaning brush
  • Paper towels/a rag
  • Screwdriver
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Vacuum cleaner

Now, you need to make sure that the area surrounding the entrance of the air duct is clean to avoid having any small objects go through as you begin cleaning. Then you can start with the process:

  1. Remove the air duct covers (generally appear as a separated group of metal plates) and examine the inner walls.
  2. Clean the walls as best as possible. If they are covered with filters, you can use the cleaning brush or rag to remove the dirt.
  3. It’s not recommended to use a vacuum cleaner, since the suction force might be too strong for the walls to withstand. However, you should use your vacuum hose to reach in towards the end of the duct, in order to get rid of some pollutants.
  4. After you’re done vacuuming, just return the metal grilles to their position and screw them back on.
  5. Vacuum the plates too, so that you can make sure you’ve removed any dust or irritants that may have stuck while you were cleaning.

You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself

Although DIY strategies are effective, it’s always best to leave the job to a professional cleaner like 1st Class Cleaning. New York is one of the most beautiful states, but also one of the most polluted. Keep your air circulation clean and healthy with the help of 1st Class Cleaning. We can get to areas you may not even know existed, so contact us today!

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