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If you notice the dust in your home accumulates quickly and never seems to go away, it is time to clean YOUR VENTS & DUCTS. When dust gets inside the heating and cooling system, it can cause parts and components to wear out faster. By taking the time to remove as much dust as you can from the air vents and air ducts, you help your heating and cooling system last longer.

While you probably will not be able to clean every inch of ductwork in your home, you can still reach a good portion of it, which will help your heating and cooling system. Plus, after cleaning the air vents and ducts, you will notice your home does not get dusty as quickly.

What Items You Will Need to Clean Heating and Air Conditioning Vents and Ducts

  • Vacuum Cleaner with Hose Attachment: A shop vac, canister vac, or another vacuum with a flexible hose attachment is best to reach the dust in the ducts.
  • New Air Filter: After cleaning the vents and ducts, you will need to install a new air filter.
  • Hex Head Driver or Screwdriver: The air vents are secured with two screws, which you will need to remove.
  • Microfiber Cloths: Microfiber cloths will attract dust and remove it from the vents and ducts.
  • Flexible Brush or Dryer Vent Cleaning Brush: You want something you can put down into the duct from the air vent that will not come detached and remain inside the ducts.
  • Paint Tarps: You will want to cover up furniture if you just dusted to keep dust from the vents from getting back on it while you are cleaning.

Once you have your items together, you are ready to start cleaning the air vents and ducts in your home.

Step 1: Verify the Air Filter Is in Place

Make sure there is an existing air filter installed. If not, install one and have another new one available for when you are done cleaning.

Step 2:  Shut Off Your AC or Furnace and Turn On the Fan

At the thermostat, switch the system to off and switch the fan setting from automatic to on. You will want the blower motor fan running while you are cleaning.

Step 3: Remove Air Vent Cover

Start by working on one air vent at a time. Remove the cover and set it aside. You can hand wash your air vent covers in a sink full of hot, soapy dishwater and let air dry.

Step 4: Clean the Air Duct

Take the brush and put it down the duct to loosen up any dust that has stuck to the insides of the ductwork. Turn on your vacuum to sweep up the dust from the air duct, and put the hose as far down into the duct as it will go.

Cleaning Inside Heater Floor Vent with Microfiber Rag

After vacuuming, take your microfiber cloth and wipe around the air duct opening and down into the duct as far as you can reach. Repeat this process for every air vent in the home. Once you are done, shut off the fan and turn your AC or furnace back on.

Step 5: Replace Air Vents and Install New Air Filter

The final step is to reinstall all the air vents and install a new air filter. You will also want to dust and clean each room if you didn’t cover things up ahead of time.

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