Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

How To Clean Your Vents And Ducts

Kristin Pierce

There are few things worse than a cold winter night and a furnace that is not producing enough hot air. There are many junctures in a typical furnace system where there could be issues that effect the functionality of your heating system. In some cases the problem will be with the furnace, but there is always the possibility that your ducts and vents simply need to be cleaned. This article explains how to clean your ducts and vents by yourself.

If you do have clogged vents and ducts, the issue is probably more to do with airflow than it is with hot air production. This means your actual furnace might be perfectly fine. Fixing clogged ducts and vents is much cheaper and easier than fixing your furnace.  

Remove and Clean the Air Vents

The vents are often the first thing to get clogged. They can get dirty from the inside and outside of the vent, cause them to get clogged very quickly. To clean your vents well, you need to remove them from the wall. Just remove the screws (there are usually only 2) and pull the vent off the wall. The most vital areas to inspect are the gaps between the flanges and the edge of the drywall (where it meets the duct). The actual vent is easiest to clean with a hose vacuum. Use a brush attachment to help knock away the stubborn dirt. Clean both sides of the vent. Don't attach the vents yet. Now it is time to clean your ducts.

Cleaning the Ducts

Cleaning the ducts is a little trickier. To clean deep within the ducts you will need some sort of extension pole. A telescoping painting pole can be perfect. You can find dusting attachments that will screw onto a painter's pole. However, you can fashion an even more effective cleaner by taping a rag onto the end of the pole.If you wet the rag, you can have a very effective cleaning device. This will allow you to wipe down the sidewalls of the ducts and remove any dust, dirt and even mold build up. Use a flashlight when cleaning so you can actually see what's going on inside the ducts. Finally, reattach your vents and test your furnace.

With cleaner ducts and vents, you will enjoy greater airflow. This will ultimately allow you to run a more energy efficient house during the winter months. For further assistance or a replacement furnace, contact a local outlet, such as Laroc Refrigeration-Metal Division.