Tips for Cleaning Your Air Vents

Air vents can build up layers of dirt and grime over time if neglected, which allows allergens in the air and raises your energy costs, so it’s essential to clean them on a regular basis. To save money, it is possible to clean your air vents yourself in between professional cleanings. Here are some tips on how to clean your air vents yourself.

Make Sure the Power is Off

Before you clean your air vents, make sure to turn off the power source to both your heating and air conditioning system.

Unscrew the Vent Covers

Use a screwdriver to unscrew the vent covers on the floors and using a dish brush or an old toothbrush – scrub the dirt and grime off each grate. A homemade mixture of dish soap, water, and baking soda works great for this, but feel free to use an antibacterial cleaning spray for a deeper clean.

Use a Powerful Vacuum

Once you’ve taken the vent covers off, use the hose attachment of a powerful vacuum to suck up as much dust and dirt as possible from the vents. A rented vacuum might be the best choice since standard household vacuums don’t usually have enough suction to clean vents thoroughly. If your ducts aren’t getting as clean as you like even with a vacuum, or if you notice mold or mildew anywhere inside the vents, call the professionals at L&M Heating and Cooling.

Don’t Forget the Ceiling Vents

Using a broom or a long attachment on your vacuum, be sure to clean the grates on your ceiling as well. Wearing a face mask is a good idea, especially if you are sensitive or have allergies, since dirt and dust particles are sure to fall as you’re cleaning above your head.

Cleaning your air vents is a good way to cut down on allergens in between professional cleanings. If you have any questions about cleaning your air vents, call L&M Heating and Cooling today.