How to clean your Air Conditioning Vents
Do you want to get as much out of your air conditioning system as possible? If so, you need to clean the vents regularly. If you do not clean your vents, they will eventually get clogged. Then, your HVAC system will have to work harder to cool your home, meaning that the motor could burn out more quickly. At Comfort Systems, our goal is to help you not only find the right HVAC system but also to help you take care of it. This means you need to clean your HVAC vents from time to time. Learn more about how to do so below, and contact us with any questions or concerns.
1. Remove the Vents From Your HVAC System
If you want to clean your vents, you need to remove them from your HVAC system first. Take a look at the manual to see how many vents you have. The manual will also let you know how to remove them safely. Of course, you should turn off the HVAC unit before you remove the vents. That way, you can reduce your chances of an accident taking place. Make sure you set the vents aside in a safe area where you can clean them.
2. Vacuum the Vents
Next, you should take your vacuum cleaner and vacuum the vents thoroughly. Make sure you get both sides of them. If your vacuum has removable components, you may want to try a few options to see which ones work best. You should take your time as you move the vacuum back and forth across the vent. Do not rush through the process, as it is important for you to remove as much debris as you possibly can.
3. Dust Off Your Vents
Once you feel like you have gotten as much off the vacuum as you can, take a duster and try to remove some additional debris. You may need to swap out the feathers of your duster from time to time to make sure you are removing as much as possible. Again, you should take your time during this process. The more debris you remove, the more efficient your HVAC unit will function when you put the vents back in.
4. Soak the Vents in Some Soapy Water
Once you feel like you have removed as much debris as possible, place the vents in some soapy water. You may even want to do this outside so you don’t make a mess everywhere. Just a few drops of soap should be enough to create plenty of suds in the water. Then, place your vents in the water, and allow them to soak for about 15 minutes. You may want to go somewhere else and focus on another task as you let the vents soak in the water. Once they have soaked for 15 minutes, dump out the water.
5. Let the Vents Dry
Once you have dumped out the water, remove the vents and set them aside. Let them dry. You might be able to speed up the process by using a towel to dry them off. Even though they may feel dry to you, you should leave them out for a little while to make sure they are as dry as possible. You do not want to put any extra water into the HVAC system. Once you are confident that the vents have dried completely, you can put them back in the HVAC unit. Then, turn the HVAC unit back on, and allow it to go to work to keep your home cool.
Call Comfort Systems for Help With Your HVAC System
From time to time, you need to take a close look at your HVAC system to make sure it is working accordingly. If it is not working as it should, there is a chance that the vents could be a bit clogged. Make sure you take the time to clean them. If you need help with your vents, or if you have questions about other components of your HVAC system, it would be our pleasure to help you. Contact Comfort Systems today to learn more about how we can help you take care of your HVAC unit.