There aren’t many things that are more essential to the functioning and effectiveness that your central air conditioning system than well-maintained ductwork. As time passes dust, dirt, and even mold could accumulate within your ducts, which can lead to a decrease in airflow as well as an increase in your energy bills. Luckily, cleaning central air ducts is a simple DIY project that can be completed in only a few hours.
In the absence of regular cleaning of the air ducts can have catastrophic consequences. Molds, pollution, and much more. So call My Steam Green today to schedule your professional air clean-up appointment!
Step One: Locate the main trunk line for supply and the Air handler. These are usually located in the basement or the crawl space. Once you’ve found them shut off the power source for the appliance.
Begin by vacuuming out the main supply trunk line with a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Be sure to move slow and slowly to ensure that you don’t miss any dirt or debris. Once you’ve finished vacuuming the trunk, you can use a damp cloth to clean the inside of your trunk line. Repeat this process with the air handler unit.
The next step is to clean the individual supply vents. Take off the vent covers and vacuum out the opening using a handheld vacuum cleaner. After that, use a damp cloth to wipe across the inside of every vent. If any vents are particularly dirty, you may need to make use of a scrub brush to clean out the dust. After you’ve cleaned all the vents then replace the covers and move on to step four.
It’s time to clean the exhaust air vents. They are typically located on the ceiling or up on walls. Like the supply vents, take off each return vent cover and vacuum out the opening with a handheld vacuum cleaner. After that, use a damp cloth to wipe across the inside of the vent. Also, if the vents are particularly filthy, you might require a scrub brush to remove all the build-up. Once you’ve finished cleaning all return vents, you can replace the covers, and proceed to the next step.
The final stage is cleaning the air filter. It’s recommended to do this every one to three months regardless of whether or not you’re actively cleansing your ductwork. Locate your filter (it’s usually located near your appliance for air handling) and take it out of its housing. Vacuum out any debris or dirt that has accumulated on it, then wash it out with cool water. It should dry completely prior to putting it back in its container and turning on your central air system back on at the breakers box.
If you follow these easy steps, you can ensure that your central air system is running smoothly and efficiently for many years to follow! Not only will regular duct cleaning improve airflow and reduce the cost of energy however, it can also aid in prolonging the life of your system overall. So don’t wait – get moving today!