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Air Duct Cleaning
Before and after an air duct cleaning. Visit this site to learn more about cleaning air ducts.
Attention do-it-yourselfers: We know that you like to take care of your home maintenance needs on your own. After all, why not? If you know how, have the patience and knowledge, it could save you a tremendous amount of money. Keep in mind, though, that when it comes to air duct cleaning, you will not be able to do a complete do-it-yourself job. Air duct cleaning companies have specialized tools and disinfectants which can reach throughout your entire air duct system. While vacuuming and cleaning the vents and registers will limit dust and other particles from entering the air in your home, you will still need to hire an air duct cleaner if you find that your ducts need a serious cleaning.
How to Clean Air Ducts
Have the following tools on hand:
- A screwdriver
- Heavy duty gloves
- A face mask
- A cleaning brush
- Some rags
- A vacuum cleaner with an extension hose piece
- A flashlight
Remove the air duct covers or return-air grille plates (the metal grinder-like plates). Start by inspecting the walls. If the walls have filters on them, you can use your brush to clean them and then a rag to wipe away the dirt. It's better not to use a vacuum on the walls since the pressure could damage the walls.
Vacuum out the inside of the ducts by using the extension hose. You will want to get the hose in as far as you can reach in order to remove as much dust, particles and other allergens as possible. Wipe the air duct covers with a damp rag and screw them back on.
You can learn a great deal about air duct cleaning risks and benefits from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).