Cleaning your home air vents may not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to spring cleaning, but it is very important to maintain the quality of air in your home.
Without regular cleaning, air vents can become clogged, limiting the air flow and increasing your energy cost.
Cleaning Your Air Vents
The first step in cleaning your air vents is gathering up the necessary tools for the project. To clean your air vents, you will need:
- a screwdriver
- paper towels
- a tub full of soapy water
- a vacuum with hose attachments
After gathering your materials, follow the steps below to get your air vents looking like new.
Clear the Area
The first step is to clear the area in the vicinity of the air vents. Remove or cover anything that you don't want to get covered in dust or debris.
Shut off the Furnace
While you don't have to turn the furnace off at the breaker, you will want to turn it off at the thermostat so it doesn't begin blowing while you are working.
Vacuum the Vent
Using your vacuum, you will want to clear as much debris as possible from the surface of the vent. Don't worry if you do not get it all, this is simply to remove as much loose debris as possible.
Remove the Vent
Next, use the screwdriver to remove the vent, being careful to place the screws somewhere you will be able to easily find them again. You may want to wear goggles if dealing with an overhead vent as a lot of debris may come out at this point.
Vacuum inside the Vent
Give a quick vacuum around the inside of the vent to clear the debris that had been stopped by the vent. You can also use some paper towels to wipe some of the debris that may be sticky.
Wash the Vent
Using warm soapy water, scrub the vent until all of the sticky debris is removed and then dry off the vent with a towel. Replace your vent and you are done.
To help maximize your airflow, a professional air duct and vent cleaning may be your answer. Blogs Contact the professionals at Westberry Heating and Air for more information on how to keep your ducts and vents in tip-top shape.