Most ventilation systems in today's home will have air ducts and air vents. You can usually find air vents on the ceilings of homes, on the floor of many homes, on wooden platforms, and also in mobile homes. In general, it is important to keep any vent clean and free from dirt, as it comes in contact with the air you breathe. Breathing in dust is unhealthy and can actually make you and your family sick. Here are easy steps on how you can keep your home vents clean.
The first step is to use a broom to remove dust from the air vents. The broom can also be used for areas with high air vents, although you have to be aware of the dust that falls. You may use a mop to substitute for the broom to clean high ceiling vents, but make sure that it is damp enough in order to prevent the dust from falling. The wet surface of the mop allows for easy grab onto the dust.
Then, unscrew the air vent cover slowly being careful of the screws to avoid them falling down the duct. You may get a wet rag and use it to wipe the inside area of the vent. If you have a vacuum cleaner, this can also be used inside the vent. However, it is not advisable to go up too high because you might lose some part of the vacuum cleaner.
You may now clean the air vent cover. If the dust is too thick, the cover of your air vents can be cleaned by washing it. Let it dry, and then you are ready to screw it back on. It is also important to change the air filter once every three months, regardless of how strong the filter is or how expensive it might be.
Do not forget to clean the other air ventilation filters in the house. Normally, the bathroom will have a ventilation fan that may or may not require maintenance. Also check for ventilation in the kitchen. Some kitchens will have ductless range hoods that require the filters to be replace periodically.
The final thing you need to do is to keep the vents free from clutter. Avoid piling up boxes near air vents or placing furniture directly over vents because it can block the air and will make the units work twice as hard.
Your family will breathe a lot easier will a clean and well maintain ventilation system.