How to Clean Vents and Air Ducts

Clean vents and air ducts play a crucial role in the efficiency of your air conditioner. An efficient AC keeps your house warm in the cold season and cools the home in summer. But how do you clean your air ducts and vents? Do you have what it takes to clean the components without damaging them? Here is a guide to effective cleaning of AC vents.

What You’ll Need

Before you start cleaning AC vents and air ducts, gathering some tools and cleaning supplies is essential. Here is the list of items you will need for an effective outcome.

      1. Scrub brush: Get a long-handled brush with stiff bristles to help remove dust from the AC vents.
      2. A horse vacuum cleaner: This tool will help you vacuum the nook and crannies of the vents and air ducts.
      3. Broom and cleaning cloths: These items will help remove all dust, debris, and spider webs.
      4. A screwdriver: You will need to loosen your air ducts and vents using a screwdriver before cleaning them.

Cleaning Vents and Ducts How-To

Cleaning vents and air ducts is not a DIY task. It requires a professional cleaner. The expert understands all the air conditioner components and will apply the right skills when cleaning the components to avoid damage. Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning AC vents.

Step 1: Getting Started

Ensure the environment is safe before you start cleaning AC vents. Turn off the air conditioning power and screw the vents, then brush the vents to remove dirt and dust. If the vents are dirty, wash them with warm water and soap.

Step 2: Removing the Loose Stuff

Once you unscrew the vents, it is time to scrub the vents and air duct walls with a long brush to loosen dirt and dust. Move the brush to the furthest ends to remove as much dirt as possible. It’d be best to use a longer brush for an effective outcome. Once you loosen the dust and dirt, point the horse vacuum cleaner to the vent walls, the nooks, and crannies to reach the furthest ends. Use a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner to suck the dust and dirt.

Step 3: A Little Cleaner

Clean the air ducts and vents until you are sure they are clean and free from dust, dirt, and debris. Use a vacuum cleaner, brush, and other cleaning items to remove all the dirt. Place back the vent covers to the right position and close your cleaning project.

Step 4: Finish Up

Now, use a clean and damp cloth to clean the vent walls going as further as you can reach. If possible, attach a long handle on the cloth to enable you to reach more areas.

What If You Find Mold During Your DIY Duct Cleaning?

If you find mold when cleaning your vents and air ducts, it’d be best to have a professional test and verify the presence of mold in your ducts. Brouwer Brothers Steamatic are professionals in mold inspection. We have the right tools to test mold in your vents and air ducts. Our team use quality tools to access all the areas of the vents and air ducts. We will vacuum and clean your air ducts and vents and ensure they are free from dust, dirt, and debris.

Professional Air Vent & Duct Cleaning

Cleaning AC vents can be challenging, tiring, time-consuming, and costly. The cost of renting specialized cleaning equipment will likely be more than hiring a professional who comes with their tools. In this case, it’d be best to let a professional do the job for you.

Brouwer Brothers Steamatic is a professional cleaner offering HVAC and air duct cleaning services and regular maintenance in Chicagoland, Illinois, and surrounding areas. So if you want to clean your vents, we are here to help. Contact us to schedule a service.

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