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When and How Should I Clean My Air Vents?

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Have you been thinking about air vent maintenance lately? Probably not. But maybe you should be. Keeping your air vents clean can have many benefits. Here’s what you need to know about when and how you should clean your HVAC vents.

Why You Should Keep Your Air Vents Clean

There are two types of vents in most heating and cooling systems – the supply vent and the return vent. Both types of vents have air blowing over and through them, often leading to a lot of dust and dirt. Dirty vents can lead to a dirty home, increased allergy symptoms, and irritation from the circulation of airborne pollutants. You’ll also increase your energy efficiency with clean vents.

How to Clean Your Air Vents

To clean your vents, follow these simple steps:

  1. Turn off the HVAC system at the thermostat.
  2. Remove the vent covers.
  3. Use a vacuum to remove surface dust and a brush to get off stubborn residue.
  4. Use the attachment on your vacuum to remove as much dust from down in the duct as you can. Professional duct cleaning can do a deep cleaning into your duct system.

When to Clean Your Air Vents

Most homes have HVAC running nearly year-round, which means there is dust, dirt, pollen, pet hair, mold, household chemicals, and more blowing through each of the vents in your house. You can’t clean your vents too often. However, once a month or once every couple of months is reasonable, depending on the dust in your home and whether you have pets.

If vent and duct cleaning seem overwhelming and you need a professional to help get the job done, don’t hesitate to call in the pros. Reach out to H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling for all your heating and air conditioning needs.



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