It is a good idea to clean your air ducts at least a couple of times of year, especially if you heavily rely on your heating and cooling systems throughout the year. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while cleaning your air ducts.
#1 Keep Your Eyes Open for Mold
The first thing you need to do before you start cleaning your ducts is inspect them for mold. Remove the covers from your air ducts and use a flashlight to inspect the inside. If you think you spot mold growing on any part of your air duct system, you'll want to have a professional come in, take a sample, and run a lab test to determine if what you are seeing really is mold.
If the tests confirm that mold is present in your air ducts, you will want to remove and replace any insulation or ducts that have mold growing on them. That is the best way to fight the mold and ensure that it is removed.
#2 Protect Yourself
When you clean your ducts, you are going to kick up a lot of dirt and debris, which is why you need to make sure that you protect yourself before you start cleaning. You will want to invest in safety goggles, a breathing mask and gloves for this job. You should also wear a long sleeve shirt and pants while cleaning your ducts.
After you have finished cleaning your ducts, you should take a shower to remove any dust or debris that has managed to get on you during the process.
#3 Be Thorough
You can use your vacuum cleaner to clean your ducts or you can rent a duct cleaning device. Try to be as thorough as possible as you vacuum out your ducts.
Move your vacuum head in a circular motion as you work your way around and then down your duct system. Make sure you go over the same area at least twice while you work your way first down then back up your ducts with your vacuum; it can be easy to leave spots if you are not thorough with your work.
Cleaning your ducts will remove the dirt and debris from your ducts, which will help your HVAC system work more effectively and will help make the air you breathe cleaner. As you clean your ducts, make sure you keep the three tips above in mind. However, if you find that your air conditioner has been acting up, consider contacting a local air conditioning repair professional, such as Bob Bergen Heating & Air Conditioning.
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