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Air duct cleaning is part of a thorough home maintenance regimen, and it’s one that many people overlook. If you don’t like the idea of shelling out big bucks for something you can do yourself, then keep reading. In this blog post, I’ll tell you how to clean your air ducts all on your own!

1. Gather your tools

The first step is to gather the tools you’ll need. To protect your hands, wear thick rubber gloves. Make sure you have both a Phillips and a flat-head screwdriver, as well as a rag and a brush. A vacuum with attachments is needed as well. I recommend using a HEPA filter vacuum if you own one.

2. Do a quick inspection

Be sure to locate all of your registers and cold air returns. Sometimes they’re hidden in unexpected places, so look carefully. When I first learned how to clean air ducts, it took me a little time to search them out.

3. Rearrange if necessary

Always make sure nothing is close enough to the ducts to fall down into them. Move any furniture that may hinder your access.

4. Remove the covers

Again, make sure you have both types of screwdrivers with you when you remove the duct cover.

5. Vacuum the dust out

I’ve noticed that some dust comes out very easily, but there are areas where caked-on clumps may be hiding. For these areas, use the brush or rag in one hand to clear the debris while continuing to maneuver the vacuum with the other. That way, dust won’t fall deep into the system, spewing everything from dust to mold spores into your home. Also, be careful not to cut yourself on the duct while you work. You should be able to reach down a few feet with your vacuum cleaner hose. Even though you can’t clean the entire system, it does help to eliminate some of the irritants.

Replace the grate, vacuum the floor around the duct and you’re done.

Sit back and enjoy your cleaner air!

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