DIY: How to Clean an Air Duct

October 3, 2012 Comments Off

Do you know how to use energy to heat your home in cold weather and to keep it cool in hot season without going broke? The use of energy in modern houses can’t be ignored, but it needs to be cost-effective. In order to achieve this, make sure the energy appliances are air-tight. It is the air-ducts that circulate the air around the house. Unfortunately there is much more than air that is circulated. For example, air duct also circulates dust particles, pollens, dandruff, pet hair, mold, smoke and cooking particles. This is one major reason why air ducts should be cleaned regularly. Cleaning the air duct includes cleaning diffusers and cleaning grilles, return and supply registers, cooling and heating coils, drip pans, heat exchangers, fan motors etc. You can also focus on cleaning air ducts by yourself. The following is some information related to this:

Tools Required
The following tools or equipment are required for air duct cleaning. Most of these are easily available at home:

  • Hand gloves
  • Accessories of vacuum cleaner, such as hose and brush
  • Rags or cloth
  • Paper napkins
  • Lubricating oil
  • Hot water
  • At least 3 sponges
  • Household cleaner
  • Face mask

These common tools will help you with the DIY air duct cleaning procedure. Since it requires a lot of time to completely get rid of existing stale air in the house, you must clean the air duct on a regular basis.

Grills
Air ducts have registers, return-air grilles and vent covers. These ducts usually open in the ceiling, floor and walls in different parts of your home. Clean the duct by unscrewing the cover with a screw driver. Bring out the registers and grilles and place them on a paper already spread on the floor. Clean the rag using hot water. Use sponge and household cleaner to clean the dirt from registers and grille. Give enough time for drying before you place them back in the duct. Make sure you clean all the remaining dirt using a vacuum cleaner.

Duct
Next, clean the duct using brush, hose and vacuum cleaner. Again, use the household cleaner and sponge to clean the insides of the duct. Make sure you have your hand gloves on before inserting you arms deep inside the duct. For cleaning the housing, fan motor, drip pans and cleaning coils, check out the manufacturer manual and use the products that are recommended.

The DIY system is indeed time-consuming but there are many short term and long term benefits attached to duct cleaning on a regular basis. You will not only enjoy better quality air but it will also help you safeguard your important and expensive electronic equipment such as the refrigerator. However, make sure you are committed to clean up the duct considering the time and effort it requires.

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