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A DIY Guide to Air Duct Cleaning

11/17/2013 Back To Blog

When considering indoor air quality, home owners often wonder if it is possible to conduct air duct cleaning by themselves. Although professional companies do have specialist equipment, it is possible to clean the ducts yourself reducing the need for professional cleaning. Ventilation cleaning can be accomplished in a number of steps providing you have a specialist vacuum.

Step One:

Open the two access panels so you can access the areas which require cleaning. These access panels are in the main supply line at the duct and the return line which is usually near the furnace at the back of the system. Fasten a high powered vacuum into the holes and ensure the nozzle is fitted properly in the gaps to prevent debris from not being fully contained.

Step Two:

Fasten all vents to prevent allergens or debris from escaping into the supply of clean air. Once the vents are sealed you can power up the vacuum. Each vent needs to be opened individually while the vacuum is running to clean the sections of duct work. Work your way through the system including back towards the furnace. Once you have finished ensure that you remove the nozzle of the vacuum and reseal the panels.

Step Three:

Check all vents for any signs of mold or mildew. These may require additional cleaning. This may also be an opportune time to replace air duct filter or filters throughout the system. This should be done regularly as part of your standard maintenance routine.

Air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining clean healthy air in your home. Regular cleaning can also improve the efficiency of your system and reduce the need for HVAC repair. If you are unsure about any aspect of the cleaning process, you should contact a specialist from air duct cleaning Alhambra for further advice or guidance.

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