How to Clean Air Vents Yourself and Save a Chunk of Money

Your air conditioner’s air vents are some of the most overlooked components in your entire HVAC system. You spend time worrying about coolant leaks and burned out compressors. However, silent issues form when you leave these vents to accumulate dust and mold.

Indoor air quality is at the top of the list when it comes to proper air vent maintenance. Dirty vents lead to an accumulation of mold, dander, pests, or vermin. This can add to health problems, such as asthma, allergies, and irritated lungs. Clogged or dirty vents also lead to a unit running inefficiently, which increases your monthly bills.

Save yourself from extra repair costs and undue coughing and hacking by learning how to clean air vents on your own. We at Gorman Mechanical have provided the following simple guide to cleaning your own vents and keeping your air safe and your unit working smoothly.

First, you’ll need the following:

Then, following these steps:

  1. Cut the Power – Turn off the power connected to the heating and air conditioning system before you begin. This prevents any issues or safety hazards from occurring when you get up close and personal with the vents.
  2. Wield Your Brush – Time to knock off the grime and dust. Start by unscrewing the vent covers or grilles from the walls. Use your brush to clean the grates thoroughly. If you need more elbow grease to remove the filth, apply soap and water to your brush to really make the grates shine.
  3. Vacuum the Vents – Even after you scrub the vents clean, you should not neglect them. Routinely vacuum the vents using a heavy-duty vacuum. You can either buy or rent one at most home improvement stores. You’ll want to make sure you invest in a heavy-duty model because standards household vacuums aren’t powerful enough to get into the deep crevices of the vents.
    Whether you rent or buy, make sure that vacuum has a long enough hose to reach deep into the vents. Mold and mildew may grow inside, requiring this quality of a vacuum to truly perform a deep clean. If the mold and grime is beyond your equipment’s capability, hire a professional to finish the job.
  4. Reach for the Ceiling – Don’t forget the vents or grilles in your ceiling. If you can’t reach them with the vacuum or screwdriver, use your broom to brush away the dust and dirt. If too much time has gone by without a cleaning, you’ll want to wear a dust mask to protect yourself from inhaling all the debris and particulate.

Cleaning vents isn’t a complicated job (and it shouldn’t be a very time-consuming job) when completed regularly as part of your normal household chores. If the job proves to be beyond the power of your equipment or if you have more questions about how to clean air vents, contact us today.

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