Air Vent Cleaning

Posted by Jessica Zoldowski on 2/13/2019 to DIY

It’s cleaning day so the chores begin. Cleaning the kitchen, vacuuming rugs, cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry, etc. However, have you ever stopped to think of the certain areas that should be clean, but have been neglected to do so? Here’s a question, have you ever cleaned or thought about cleaning the air vents within your house? Read below for reasons on why to clean the air vents within the home.

Don’t worry, the air ducts aren’t something that need to be cleaned every week, not even every year. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that air ducts be cleaned every three to five years or so.

How do you know when it’s time to clean the air vents? The Environmental Protection Agency gave a few list of factors to look for when suspecting to clean the air ducts.

  • Mold growing within the duct

  • Insects seem to be invading. There could be a passage or a housing that the insects are residing in so it’s best to clean those out as fast as possible.

  • Infestation of rodents. The smaller critters could have found a way to get into the house and it could be through the air vents.

  • When air is blowing, you notice a puff of dust being released into the air.

Now, when would be the best time to clean the air vents, other than the three to five year span?

  • When moving into a new home. You don’t know when they have last cleaned their air ducts unless they’ve told you.

  • Moving into a brand new home. Although it’s freshly built and no one has lived there prior, it’s good to have them cleaned because there could be left over debris and dust from drywall, saw dust and other materials.

  • Pets in the home. If there is more than one pet, which nowadays there usually are, residing in the home. Cleaning the vents and having general good house cleaning habits can help prevent fur from spreading throughout the house and into the air ducts.


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