If you want your air conditioner and furnace to be efficient, you obviously need to make sure that you have good airflow. The key to good airflow is making sure that the air registers are always clean and free of blockages. In fact, if your registers are kept clean, you are also less likely to have problems with mold and allergies. This article explains the best way to clean your air registers.
Remove the Registers From the Wall
First of all, many people think this job is unnecessary because they regularly dust the outside of their registers. However, this can be problematic. When you dust the registers from the outside, you might just be pushing dirt back in through the vents where it clogs them up. The only way to thoroughly clean your registers is to completely remove them from the wall. This is quite easy because most registers are just attached with a couple of screws. However, you might also need to cut away the caulk that is sealing the registers to the wall before they can be pulled off.
Clean the Registers
Once the registers are off of the wall, cleaning them is pretty straightforward. If you have metal or wooden registers, you don't want to use too much water to clean them. Just wipe them down with a sponge soaked in a mild liquid disinfectant or soap. However, if your registers are vinyl, fiberglass, plastic or PVC, you can actually clean them all at once by soaking them in a sink with regular dishwashing soap.
Clean the Duct Edge Before You Reattach the Registers
It is also very important that you clean the area around the duct opening once the registers are off of the wall. There is usually a small ridge between the drywall and the duct. This ridge can catch dust and dirt, causing further airflow issues. Use a flashlight to look inside and wipe this little area clean. This might not hugely affected the airflow of your system, but there's no reason to let all that dirt and dust sit inside your ducts.
This is a simple and cheap duct maintenance job. As long as you have a ladder, you can easily reach all of the registers in your home. If you do this work on a regular basis, you will be doing your small part to ensure that you have good, clean air flowing through your home on a daily basis. But if you feel you cannot do this on your own, contact professional heating and cooling companies, like Dale's Heating & Appliance.
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