Take a look at the closest supply air vent in your home. Is the grill covered in dust? If so, it’s time to clean your HVAC vents. Here are Boer Brothers’ tips on how to clean your air vents and why it’s important.
Clean your air vents for a more comfortable home in the Triangle
Over time, air vents collect dust, debris and bacteria that travel through the HVAC system. So, every time warm air blows through the vents, dust gets blown around the air in your home. This can cause a rise in allergic symptoms in the winter. The buildup of dust also reduces your heating system’s efficiency. Clean heating vents keep the air cleaner and lower your energy bills.
How to clean HVAC vents
First, make sure your HVAC system is powered off. Using a screwdriver, remove the grills from each vent and brush off any dust, hair or cobwebs. Depending on how dirty they are, this may require a rinse in soap and water. Finally, use a vacuum to suck up any loose dust or debris that has accumulated in the duct connected to the open vent. And just like that, your vents are clean and ready for action! In addition, make sure to clean or change your air filter at least once a month to reduce the amount of particles in the air.
Clean ductwork to remove mold and mildew
Aside from dust and pet hair, mold and mildew can also plague your HVAC system. However, these have more serious health effects and can spread quickly throughout the ductwork. You can use a mixture of water, baking soda, bleach and borax to disinfect any mold infested parts of the ductwork. Make sure your system is turned off and thoroughly scrub any affected areas you can reach. It’s important to use protective gear like masks and eyewear to guard yourself from the chemicals and mildew particles. In addition, consider installing a UV light in your ductwork to kill off airborne mold particles.
Call Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling for your UV light installation today!