If you’re looking for a way to make your home smell fresh and clean, it might be time to give your air ducts a good scrub. It’s not always something that is recommended by professionals. But with the right equipment and some knowledge of what you are doing, anyone can do it themselves. Sound like something you want to try? Read on to learn more about how you can get started!
- Save time and money by keeping your home smelling fresh
- Give your air ducts a deep clean with no professional help necessary
- Do it right the first time and get professional results
- Clean up the mess to make sure you don’t have any bad smells left behind
Air ducts are usually found in the walls or floorboards. They run from your furnace to supply fresh air throughout your home, which is why they need to be cleaned regularly.
Air ducts can get dirty and clogged with dust, debris, pet hair, allergens such as pollen and mold spores. This will cause them to become inefficient at delivering clean air into the house. You’ll start noticing a musty smell coming through vents when this happens which means that it’s time for you to take action!
Here are the step-by-step guide to cleaning your air ducts without the help of an HVAC professional:
- The first step is making sure you have the right equipment. You will need a vacuum cleaner, something to wear that covers your entire body (a paper jumpsuit or protective clothing), and safety glasses if possible. It’s also recommended to take an air filter with you because this can help keep particles from getting into your lungs while cleaning – especially for those who suffer from asthma or allergies!
- You may want to pick up a face mask as well, but it isn’t necessary.*
- Next, locate all of the registers in your house where there are vents leading outside of the home (these should be near the floor). Be mindful of any ducts that might lead inside another room before they exit through a register on the outside of the home.
- Do a quick vacuum on these registers to get any loose material out before you start pulling them apart and cleaning them in sections – this will make it easier for your air ducts to work efficiently once they’re cleaned up!
- Make sure that when removing vent coverings, the screws are loosened first before lifting or prying at all (using too much force can cause damage). Put as little pressure onto vents while working with them as possible so that nothing gets busted during cleaning. Cleaning an entire register is usually done by taking off both sides of the vent covering and then putting everything back together again after vacuuming each side separately.
- A lot of times there will be some dirt buildup below these covers as well, so make sure to clean both the inside and outside of all vents thoroughly.*
- Do an inspection on your house while you’re at it! If there are any holes or cracks in the walls near air ducts that lead outside, seal them up with caulking. This will help keep pests out and stop any odor from spreading through your home – especially good if you have a pet during cleaning time!
- Make sure not to forget about other areas such as closets where dirty laundry could be stored before being washed; this can contribute to bad smells coming into rooms even after they’ve been cleaned.*
- Finally, replace insulation whenever possible (most likely found around registers). Not only is this important for keeping your home warm during the winter, but it also helps keep your air ducts from getting covered in dust and other particles that could eventually make their way into your lungs.
There are a few things you can do to clean your air ducts yourself, but if they’re producing musty smells or have pet dander in them, it’s time to call the professionals. Our team of experts offers professional home and business cleaning services for all sorts of spaces including homes with pets that need frequent filter changes. We also offer an online booking system so you don’t even have to pick up the phone! Don’t wait until your allergies kick into overdrive this spring – schedule us now by clicking here!