Cleaning out the air vents is an important part of maintaining your furnace and keep it pumping out the heat throughout the winter. Before the cold weather hits you should take the time to give the vents a proper cleaning to ensure that you get rid of all the dirt and grime that has built up inside. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your air vents using simple tools you can find around almost any home.
To complete the air vent cleaning you will need the following tools:
A dish to hold the screws
A feather duster
1 – Start by turning off the furnace at the electrical panel and switch the breaker into the off position to cut all the power to the furnace while you work on it.
2 - Take a screwdriver and go through the house to remove all the screws in the air vent covers. Make sure to put the screws into a a dish, as you will need the screws to ut back on the vent covers at the end of this job. Place each vent cover beside the vent while you clean it so you know exactly where to find it when it comes time to put it back into place.
3 - Once you have the vents covers off, take the feather duster and attach it to the broom by screwing it in or tape it securely in place. This will extend the reach of the feather duster and allow you to reach down into each vent and properly clean it.
4 - Slide the feather duster down into the vent and make sure it brushes over each side of the air vent to collect the dust and dirt. Pull the feather duster out of the vent and pull clean off the feather duster before repeating the process in all the other air vents throughout the house.
5 - Place the vent covers back into place and then put the screws back in using the screwdriver. Make sure to tighten all the screws until they fit snug, but do not tighten too much as you could strip the heads of the screws.
6 – To complete the job, turn back on the breaker to the furnace at the electrical panel and test the furnace to make sure it's working properly.
If for any reason the furnace does not come up to the proper temperature or is not working, you should call in the help of a professional furnace repair technician, like the ones at Quality HomEnergy, to diagnose exactly what is the problem that is causing the mechanical failure.