Summer is a great season to clean the air ducts in your house to get rid of the army of dust, dirt, hair, fur or any pollutant from your air ducts. However, there are certain steps that you should follow when cleaning the air ducts of your home. Therefore, in this blog post, we have a step-by-step guide on how to clean air ducts by yourself. Cleaning Air Ducts By Yourself
Gather the supplies for duct cleaning
Cleaning air ducts by yourself is very easy. However, the first step even before cleaning is to gather the required cleaning supplies. Make sure that you have:
- A Vacuum cleaner to pick up small particles and to suck up the dirt and dust.
- A Stiff-Bristled brush for brushing excess dust left behind.
- A Screwdriver or a drill to open the net and filter of air ducts
- A power drill to remove screws from the vents; however, you can also use a screwdriver for this. Make sure the screwdriver is compatible with the screws on the various types of registers in your home
- Cleaning cloths and paper towels
- A microfiber cloth works best for cleaning air duct
- Heavy-duty gloves and a dust mask or goggles to wear while cleaning because there is going to be a lot of dust!
The Step By Step Air Ducts Cleaning Guide:
1. Turn Off Your Heating And Cooling Systems
Once you’ve got the supplies required to clean the air ducts yourself, the first and most crucial step is turning the HVAC system’s power off. This is very important to do cleaning safely.
2. Cover Up Your Supply Vents Cover
Second, you need to cover the vents wich supply heat or oil with paper towels. Cover the vents that are not being cleaned at the time being. This is important to keep the dust and dirt from blowing in and out while you’re cleaning certain areas.
3. Set Your Thermostat On Fan Position
The fan should be only opened as it will help move the dust that you loosened out of the air duct while cleaning.
4. Clean/Sweep Access Dirt With A Vacuum
Now you can start sweeping out the dust in your supply register with the vacuum. Use your vacuum to suck up all the dust built up in the blower compartment.
5. Damp Microfiber Cloth
Use a damp microfiber cloth to reach down into the duct as far as you can and wipe the interior clean. You’ll want to rinse the cloth repeatedly for this as the birt can buildup on the microfiber cloth.
6. Clean Out Blower Compartment And Return The Air Boot
With the power is off, you can remove the panels on the front of the furnace and access the blower compartment and return the air boot. This is where most of the dirt gathers.
7. Replace The Air Filter
Lastly, change the air filter of your system. If you see that the filter is too dirty and clogged up, then you need to replace it with a new one. Purchasing a better filter will certainly cut down on the dust in your home. A dirty filter limits the airflow to the fan. This results in the blower motor running hotter and reducing its lifespan. Change the air filters at least once after every month. You’ll see a significant difference in the performance of your HVAC system after changing the air filter every month. Make sure you choose the correct filter option for your HVAC system.