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How to Clean Your Air Conditioning Vents

How to Clean Your Air Conditioning Vents

How often are you thinking about your indoor air quality? Do you feel like you’re often coughing, sneezing, or finding it difficult to breathe inside your home? 

Many homeowners in Los Angeles, CA, don’t realize the effect that their AC’s air vents have on the air quality in their homes. Vents collect dust, dander, and other particles, and if they’re not cleaned out, they can affect your family’s health. 

While your best bet is to work with a professional for your vent cleaning, you still have some control over your air vent cleaning and maintenance. We’ll walk you through all the must-know information for cleaner air vents.

When Should I Clean My Air Vents?

Cleaning your HVAC system is a vital part of proper AC maintenance, but the answer to this question will depend on your situation. On average, a complete, professional cleaning is recommended every one to three years to prevent mechanical and health issues. 

However, a homeowner with allergies, asthma, or pets will likely want to have their vents cleaned more often. 

The Easiest Path to Cleaner Air Vents

What’s the easiest way to get cleaner air vents quickly? Here’s a rundown of what experts recommend for at-home monthly air vent cleanings.

A clean air filter means less debris can enter your vents, which makes your life easier. For a fast, light cleaning, you can turn off your air conditioner and vacuum your vents to remove some surface dust or dirt. 

After that, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the vent. Avoid using water or harsh cleaning chemicals. Finish up with an air filter replacement and turn the HVAC system back on.

While light DIY cleaning is sufficient for general upkeep, you’ll want to contact a professional for a more thorough cleaning that gets to all the parts you might have difficulty reaching.

Air Conditioner Vent Deep Cleaning Checklist

A general monthly cleaning in addition to a professional cleaning from an HVAC technician is enough for most homeowners. But if you want to take it a step further and maintain a deeper level of clean, here’s a checklist you can use to guide you through the process.

Just follow these steps:

  • Turn off your HVAC system
  • Remove the vents
  • Vacuum the ducts
  • Use a duster for extra dirt and dust
  • Soak your vents in soapy water for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Dry your vents thoroughly and put them back on
  • If it’s dirty, change your air filter
  • Turn your system back on

While this checklist is helpful for DIY cleaning, remember, nothing beats the thoroughness of professional cleaning. 

A Better Kind of Clean with Service Genius Duct Cleaning

Are you a Los Angeles, CA, homeowner with dirty ducts and in need of professional AC maintenance? Bypass all the dirty work and schedule your next air duct cleaning with Service Genius. 

We’ll take good care of your ducts and deliver a deep clean that will leave your home’s air quality feeling impossibly fresh. 

Call today to book your duct cleaning appointment with our experts!


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