How to clean your air conditioner vents?

Air Conditioner Vents

Air vents are subject to maintaining air pressure in the defined area. They are the small openings in the air conditioner that allow fresh and filtered air from outside to refresh the room's musty air.

Types of Air Conditioner Vents

There are two types of vents,

Supply vents, from which conditioned air is distributed throughout the duct. Supply vents are attached to your supply ducts and are smaller than return vents.

Return vents, where the air is drawn to be conditioned. They are connected to your return ducts, usually defined in larger sizes, and do not contain louvers.

What is air conditioner vent cleaning?

Vent cleaning commonly refers to the cleaning of different heating and cooling elements of HVAC systems.

Air vent cleaning means keeping all your duct system, intake, and return vents saturated with professional air duct cleaning utensils.

Why do you need to clean your air conditioner vents?

Today we are inattentive to indoor air pollution. It is a rising circumstance to be controlled in time.

Your air vents receive a lot of dust, dirt, and other particles roaming in the air. They get dirty very quickly and dirty air vents could negatively affect your indoor air quality.

If your air ducts are not properly cleaned, the components become polluted with dust, pollen, or other debris.

The presence of moisture will also increase the possible growth of microorganisms. With all of these contaminants, you will receive allergic reactions and bad air quality.

To avoid these occurrences, you need to clean your air duct system appropriately. Without basic cleaning, your air conditioner can result in working less effectively and requires additional energy consumption.

What do you need to clean your air conditioner vents?

RTU HVAC systems are placed on the top, unlike other HVAC systems such as water-cooled chillers or split-system air conditioners that occupy indoor space.

The primary cleaning tools are brushes, vacuums, screwdrivers, etc. Similarly, you will need the following equipment to clean your air vents

  • Vacuum with a hose.
  • Damp microfiber cloth.
  • Dish soap.
  • A scrubbing brushes.
  • Gloves.
  • A bucket or a bathtub.

Steps to Clean Your Air Conditioner Vents:

To protect your air conditioning vents from dust and debris, you need to interpret the following steps;

  • Shutting down the Power:

    To avoid blowing dust everywhere you need to power off your air conditioner.

  • Remove the Vents:

    With the help of screwdrivers (if needed) remove the vents and put them to the side.

  • Dust off your Vents:

    Use a duster or a brush to dust out the extra dust on your vents. Perform this step cautiously so the dust would not get into the air or in your eyes.

  • Vacuum the Ducts:

    Vacuum the ducts and get the dust out as much as you can. Don't get too deep inside the duct as you can damage anything unknowingly.

  • Prepare Soapy Water:

    Grab a bucket and put up with warm water and mix it with dish soap until a good leather is formed.

  • Soaking the Vents:

    Soak the vent in soapy water for 15-20 minutes. It will help to remove any kind of grease or gunk or the remaining dust in the vents.

  • Drying the Vents:

    Drying the vents is one of the important steps as a little wet vent will cause an issue to your HVAC system. You can dry the vents using a microfiber cloth or place them in fresh air until dry.

  • Putting Vents back to their position:

    Once they are completely dried you can place vents back to their position.

Professional Air Conditioner Vent Cleaning:

The entire professional cleaning procedure is divided into 3 steps: pre-inspection, duct cleaning, and a final walk-through inspection.

If you are going to clean your air vents professionally it is important to make sure the technician is able to clean all the elements of the system and is authorized to do so.

Generally, the technician will use particular tools to remove dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.

  • Pre-Inspection

    The air duct serviceman will first inspect your air duct system. After examining the access points to the ductwork and analyzing its condition, he will choose the best suitable cleaning method.

  • Air Duct Cleaning Process

    Now the repair person will organize the vacuum collection unit. This is organized because it is important to vacuum the air ducts to make sure dust, dirt, and other debris do not spread around the room and get collected into the vacuum collection unit. Thereupon vacuuming the technician will begin agitating the sides of the ductwork, pulling out the contaminant like duct, dirt, pollen, bacteria, and other unpleasant material stuck on the walls of the duct.

  • Final Walk-through Inspection

    Once the cleaning process is done, another examination of the air ducts is expected to see the ducts are thoroughly cleaned and nothing is missed out.

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AJ Milbes

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