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HVAC Services – What You Can Do

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are complex networks of ductwork, vents, thermostats, and machines. To keep these systems in their top working condition, some regular maintenance and upkeep is necessary. It’s important to keep the central ductwork and vents clear of obstructions and dust that can interfere with the proper working of your HVAC or even enter the air of your home. More on this webpage
Step 1: Locate all Vents
In order to properly clean the vents of an HVAC system, it’s important first to locate where all of those vents are. Vents may be in difficult-to-reach places, behind furniture, or in basement ceilings. All obstructions should be moved from in front of vents, including rugs, furniture, or other miscellaneous household objects. Make sure any small objects that could fall into ducts are moved out of the vicinity; if they fall into the ductwork they can create further problems. With a flat-head screwdriver, remove the vents and set them aside for later cleaning.

Step 2: Vacuum in the Ducts
Locate the duct further from the air condition intake vent; starting here will help minimize the dust that gets kicked back into circulation. Then, using a powerful vacuum with a HEPA filter and a brush attachment, reach as far into the ducts with an extension tool to vacuum up lose dust. Use the brush attachment to break up any clumps of dust that might stubbornly cling to the duct walls. Only worry about the ductwork readily in reach; any deep-set ductwork will require professional tools to reach. Working steadily toward the air intake vent, repeat the process for each vent.

Step 3: Clean the Vents
Individually clean each air vent, paying careful attention to any dust between the slats of the vents. A clean toothbrush or paintbrush can make it easier to reach into the crevices and break up any dust clumps that may have gathered in any corners. It may be necessary to wash or soak the vents in warm water to remove all of the dust. Fill a sink with warm water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid, and allow the vents to soak until the dust breaks up. Remove and wipe the vents clean, and allow them to dry completely before replacing them. Using the flathead screwdriver, secure the vents back in place.

Step 4: Cleaning the Air Intake Vent
Make sure the thermostat is set to off before removing the cover to the air intake vent; if it comes on with the filters removed or dust stirred off, the hard work of cleaning the previous vents will be undone with new dust kicked back into the system. With the flat-head screwdriver, carefully remove the cover of the air intake vent, exposing the filters. Remove the old filter and vacuum any loose dust around the open vent. Replace the filter with a new, clean one. With cleaner ducts, the amount of dust and particles in the air should be greatly diminished. If there are any lingering problems with dusty vents, it may be time to call in professionals to give the ducts a thorough cleaning.

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