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Clean Out Your Air Ducts this Summer

Now that it’s summer, the days are longer and we seem to have more energy in general. It’s time for vacation and long weekends seem to sprout up all the time. With this extra time and energy, homeowners have the opportunity to do some extra cleaning. In addition to all of the mopping, vacuuming, dusting, and wiping, it’s a good time to clean out your air ducts. The air ducts can be a home to all sorts of nasties that might perpetuate cleaning hassles that plague us all year around.

Air Duct Covers

Air ducts can be a home for all sorts of things, but dust is a huge problem that can be helped by cleaning your air ducts. You’ll want to start by removing the air duct covers in each room. Clean these off with a damp rag and then use a mild soap solution to wipe down the interior of the duct. You’ll be limited by the reach of your arm, but try to clean as much dust from the duct as possible. Do this for both intake and supply vents. The supply vents will likely show less exterior dust, but are just as in need of cleaning as the dustier intake vents.

Air Filter

One key part of air duct cleaning is the air filter. This should be checked, replaced, or cleaned every season, if not every month. Summer is likely drier and dustier than winter, and it’s likely that you will be running the air conditioning if you are in a warmer climate, so start the season with a fresh start. A clean air filter is also vital during the colder, damper months. An older, dirty air filter can become a home for molds and viruses that can keep your family in a state of perpetual illness. You might also help the filtration process by purchasing an HVAC filter to trap and kill all sorts of airborne foes.


Contact a Professional

If you are unfamiliar with your older home, you will want to hire a team of professionals who can do a thorough cleaning of the air ducts. This is all the more important if you remove the air duct covers and discover years worth of accumulated dust and other debris. You can only imagine what it’s like back there in the dark recesses of the system. A professional team can perform a duct cleaning that will bring the system up to date and off to a new start. Even if you purchased your home brand-new, having a professional team come to clean out your duct system will help protect the health of your family and home for years to come.

Want to start the summer season with cleaning air ducts? Call Rapid Dry Services today!