One of my new year’s resolutions for 2019 was to completely deep clean my house top-to-bottom a few times a year. Naturally, I wanted to start off the new year right and I began scrubbing just as soon as our New Year’s festivities ended and I cleaned all week long. It was hard work, but my house looks absolutely spotless now! One of the places I was most adamant about cleaning was our air ducts. So much dust gets trapped up in there and it really affects our allergies! As my husband and I climbed up there to start cleaning, we were astounded at all of the dirt and grime! It appeared that we had not cleaned up there in quite some time, but we could already feel ourselves breathing better once they had been cleaned! So ask yourself, when’s the last time you cleaned out your air ducts? If it’s too long ago to remember, follow my guide to clean yours out today!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
-A new air filter for your furnace
-A stiff bristled brush of any kind
Step One: Before beginning, start by covering all of your air vents with paper towels. This will prevent any dust from being blown into another room while you work on cleaning.
Step Two: Turn on your thermostat fan. This helps loosen the dirt in your duct work while moving dirt and dust along so it is easy to clean up. I like to put a mask on at this point, I’m really sensitive to dust and dander, so this helps keep me comfortable and breathing well throughout the rest of the cleaning project.
Step Three: Remove the air vent. Attach the hose to your vacuum and place it in one of your open air vents, vacuuming up any dust that the fan is blowing out.
Step Four: Once you’ve vacuumed up any loose dust, you’ll want to sweep out your air vents with a stiff bristled brush. Reach back as far as you can go and sweep away all of that excess dirt and grime! Repeat this process in each air vent of your home.
Step Five: Next, shut off the fan AND the return air boot. Just make sure that you don’t turn the power on the thermostat off.
Step Six: Remove the panels on the front of your furnace and access the blower compartment. Use the attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean up any dust or lint in the blower compartment and return air boot. Clean out the furnace fan, as well!
Step Seven: Now, replace the air filter on your furnace. Changing the air filter regularly will improve the air quality in your home while extending the life of your furnace.
Step Eight: Put away the vacuum and replace your vent covers! You’re all done now, wasn’t that easy?