Do You Know How to Clean the Air Vents in Your Home?

Dust settles everywhere, from shelves to tables to countertops — to your air vents. In fact, your vents may be the reason there’s so much dust in the first place. When air from your HVAC system blows through them, it circulates that dust throughout your home. By cleaning your vents, you can reduce it and improve indoor air quality. Read on to learn how.

Basic Maintenance

If you want to keep your air clean, one of the best things you can do is to dust and vacuum regularly. Getting rid of the dust keeps it from circulating and diminishing your IAQ. You should also change your system’s air filter regularly to capture and remove the dust that remains.

When you’re dusting, be sure to dust your air vents as well. Going over them once a month or so with a wet cloth will help keep dirt and contaminants at bay. However, if you notice a dark ring around your vents, bad odors coming from them, or just a drop in air quality, then it’s time to give them a more thorough cleaning.

Deep Cleaning of Air Vents

At least once or twice a year, you should give your air vents a deep clean. Start by turning off your HVAC system. Then take a screwdriver and remove the covers from each vent. (Keep the screws in a bag so you don’t lose them.) Next, wash the vent covers in warm, soapy water, using a brush to scrub them clean. Rinse them and put them on a rack to dry.

Then, take a vacuum with a hose attachment and vacuum inside each vent. You can also use an electrostatic mop with a long handle to reach as far into the vent as possible. Finally, replace the vent covers and turn your HVAC system back on.

If, while cleaning, you notice mold, mildew, or vermin inside the vents, you’ll need more than a DIY clean: Call for a professional duct cleaning immediately.

For help improving your indoor air quality, contact us at Energy 1 Heating & Air Conditioning. We keep Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin homes comfortable, healthy, and efficient.

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