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Fall and spring are great times to do small maintenance jobs around the house, before the extreme cold or hot weather sets in. It is a good idea to make cleaning the vents and ducts part of your yearly spring and fall cleaning routine. After watching the video try out this fun Test your knowledge.
Follow these easy steps:
Turn your HVAC system to the off position by flipping the switch on your thermostat, or turn it down to where the system is no longer running. You do not want the system blowing air (in or out) while you are cleaning it!
Remove the vent cover or open the grill's latch to expose the duct.
Do a visual inspection of the duct in case there is something that can be retrieved such as an earring, a coin, a pet toy, or other small object which has fallen in. Floor registers are particularly susceptible to things falling in. Registers on the wall or in the ceiling are probably more susceptible to cobwebs.
Using your vacuum cleaner nozzle, a handheld vacuum, or a cloth, remove spider webs or any debris that may have fallen into the duct. Be careful not to damage the ductwork while cleaning it.
Clean and replace the register cover. Then close the grill cover back over the duct.
Turn your HVAC system back on by flipping the appropriate switch on your thermostat.
Do this type of maintenance twice per year, as part of your spring and fall cleaning routine. In high-traffic and very dusty environments, or if you're plagued by lots of pet hair, you may need to do this type of maintenance each time you change your air filters, which for most folks is about every 3 months.
Fall and spring are great times to get an HVAC tune-up, too, to make sure you're ready for the upcoming heating or cooling season. And don't forget to change those air filters!