Simple DIY HVAC Duct Cleaning Tips

November 4, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

The cleanliness of your HVAC vents and ducts has a major impact on your indoor air quality at home. There’s an entire army of dander, dirt, dust, hair and even insect fragments that become trapped in your HVAC system over time, polluting the air you breathe. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make air duct cleaning and furnace cleaning a simple DIY job.

Here’s how you can improve your indoor air quality by giving your HVAC system a quick yet thorough cleaning.

Prepare your vents

Start the air duct cleaning process by unscrewing air duct covers and return air grills, covering the openings with paper towels, then putting the covers and grills back in place. This prevents dust and dirt from blowing out of the vents and into your home during cleaning. After this step, you can turn your thermostat to the “fan on” position to get the air flowing and the dust moving so you can quickly vacuum it up.

Loosen all dust in the ducts

A light tap on ductwork can loosen any clumps sticking to the surface inside. Simply use the handle of your brush to tap on any accessible ductwork you have in your home. You should be able to break up any dampened dust deposits that may be stuck inside the ducts.

Clean the supply registers

Lift the register and place your vacuum hose near the opening. When you turn the vacuum on, you should be able to catch any dust that the fan’s pushing out. Sweep as far into the register’s piping as possible and use your brush to loosen up any additional built-up debris in the register.

Using a damp microfiber cloth, reach into the duct as far as possible and wipe the interior surfaces clean. Give your cloth several rinses, as you’re likely to encounter plenty of dust and grime stuck in the ducts. Repeat this process with every supply register you have in the house for the most comprehensive clean.

Clean the return registers

Use the same process described above to clean all return air registers in your home. Remember to brush and sweep into the register opening as far as possible to remove all the gunk and debris.

Power off the fan

Now that you’ve removed as much dust and debris from the ducts as possible, shut the fan off at the thermostat. Then, head to your breaker panel or your furnace’s service switch to shut off power to the unit before you do any furnace cleaning.

Clean the furnace blower compartment and return air boot

Once you’ve ensured that the power to the furnace is completely off, you can then remove the panels to access the blower compartment and return air boot. Get your vacuum and remove any built-up dust and dirt from both components, and give the furnace fan a quick cleaning, too. Once you’ve done your cleaning, replace the furnace filter to keep clean air flowing through your furnace.

While DIY air duct and furnace cleaning can improve your indoor air quality at home, nothing matches the level of a professional clean. Reach out to Paradise Carpet Cleaners Inc. today to schedule service. We have the right equipment and experience to get your HVAC system and ductwork clean, improving your indoor air quality quickly and efficiently.

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