The air vents in your home are filled with dust, pollen, hair, spider webs, and countless other allergens. Cleaning your air vents is one of the best ways to improve the air quality of your home and save money on your heating and cooling costs. Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning out your home’s air ducts.
Step 1: Cover the supply registers
As you clean, you’ll stir up a lot of dust and other particles. Minimize how much dust gets released into your home by simply lifting out your supply registers, wrapping them in a layer of paper towel, and replacing them.
Step 2: Turn on the fan
You’ll want to keep the air moving as you’re cleaning to ensure that you’re able to eliminate as much dust as possible. Set your thermostat to “fan on” and turn off the heating/cooling mode.
Step 3: Clean the supply registers
Using the hose of your vacuum, suck out as much debris as you can. Start by removing the supply registers, disposing of the paper towels that you used as you go, and sweep as far into the register’s piping as your hose can reach.
Step 4: Clean the return air registers
Your return air registers are likely to be screwed into place, and a screwdriver will be needed to remove them. Once again, use your vacuum’s hose to sweep as far back into the piping as you can.
Step 5: Clean out blower compartment and return air boot
Shut the fan off at the thermostat and turn power off to the unit via the service switch or breaker panel. Access the blower compartment and return air boot by removing the panels on the front of the furnace, and use your vacuum to sweep out the dust.
Step 6: Replace your furnace filter
A dirty filter restricts air flow to the fan, causing the blower motor to run hotter. This alone can greatly reduce its lifespan. While how often your filter should be changed depends on your geographic location, how many pets you have, and the type of home you have, most experts agree that your filter should be changed at least once every season.
Maintaining clean air vents is an important step that you can take in improving the air quality of your home while maximizing the lifespan of your HVAC unit, but it’s a big job. At Dependable Service Repair, INC., our experts can take care of the task for you. If you are in the Waterloo, IL area, and you’re ready to learn more about the services we provide, get in touch with us today.