…No, it’s not what you think… What I meant to say is “It’s time to clean those vents!” Why should we have to? Let me give you a few good reasons:
- Allergens from dust and pet hair
- Mold forming?
- Fire prevention
- Plain ‘ol, looks gross…
We should all be replacing the air duct filters every two months or as needed. That’s a good way to inspect whether there’s excess dust accumulating, mold growth or other issues with your system. In those cases, it might be wise to hire a professional. Filters are a cheap way to do some preventative maintenance. And, don’t spend the extra money on the fancy filters (I had an air expert tell me that). The cheap ones work just as good and make sense when you’re changing them out 6 times a year!
Cleaning is simple and fast. All you’ll need is a vacuum with a crevice attachment, brush attachment and a damp cloth. Simply remove the vent covers and wipe them down with the cloth. Use your vacuum crevice tool to vacuum any dust from the area just inside your vent. The edges tend to collect dust and other particles, so pay attention to those areas. You may also have to run your brush attachment over the ceiling or floor right around your vent. Reattach the cover, and you’re done!
Next month.. Kitchens. …Dirt and grime no more!
“Deep Clean Your Home – One Month at a Time” is an on-going series of articles helping homeowners with the daunting task of cleaning and organizing for a happier, healthier home. Be sure to look back at the months you’ve missed and look forward to those yet to come!