How To Clean Your Air Ducts And Registers

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Maintaining your central HVAC system is something that you need to constantly do. You don't necessarily need to spend a lot of time and money over the years, but you do need to perform some regular maintenance. Even if you don't have any experience working on HVAC systems, there are a few things that you can do. For instance, cleaning your air ducts and registers could help improve the airflow and cleanliness of the air in your home. This article explains the best tools and techniques for cleaning your a registers and ducts.

Using the Best Tools for the Job

The most important thing you need to clean your air ducts is a telescoping pole and duct cleaning brush. You can get both of these at most home improvement or HVAC stores. You might have to search for the telescoping pole in the paint department. Most poles have a universal male screw attachment that fits into a female screw attachment on the brush handle. Even though these are specialized tools, together they will probably cost less than $50. It is definitely worth the investment if you consider how much money you save by not having to call an HVAC professional every time you want your ducts cleaned.

Cleaning the Air Registers

Before you can clean the ducts you need to remove the air registers from the wall. Usually, you just need to remove a couple of screws to remove the registers. While you have the registers off the wall, you should thoroughly clean them as well. Make sure you get in between each individual vent.

Cleaning Your Air Ducts

You might need a ladder and a flashlight to effectively clean out your ducts. The key to using the duct cleaning brush is sweeping the dust out of the ducts, instead of pushing it further in. That is, you should try and guide the pole as far into the duct as possible without rubbing on the duct sidewalls. Then, apply pressure to one corner of the duct as you pull it out. Do this for all four corners of the duct. As you pull the brush out of the duct, there could be a lot of dust on the brush. If you don't want this to get all over yourself and the floor, have a hose vacuum nearby so you can immediately suck up this dust.

Basic duct cleaning is obviously very simple if you have the right tools. In the long run, it can be very beneficial when it comes to the cleanliness of the air being circulated in your home. For more information, contact local professionals like J. P. Griffin Inc.

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