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Cleaning Your Heating Ducts May Help With Allergies

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If you suffer from allergies, you know that you will do just about everything you can to make sure that you don't have an allergy attack. One thing you may consider doing is cleaning your heating and air conditioning ducts. Cleaning those ducts will help to get rid of dust and other allergens that blow around your house, which can help control your allergies. So, if you are going to clean your ducts, how should you do it?

Necessary Tools

Cleaning your ducts is something you can do yourself if you want to put the time and energy into it. You are going to need to have a few things in order to do it. You are going to need to have a screwdriver so that you can take off the vent covers, some paper towels, a powerful vacuum (you may want to rent a shop vac from an equipment rental store for this), a good stiff brush, and a new filter for your furnace and air conditioner. With those things, you should be able to get your ducts nice and clean. 

Close and Cover Supply Vents

The supply vents are the ones that supply the hot or cold air to your house. You want to make sure that you both close them and cover them. Closing them will help to keep dust from flying out of the vents, and covering them with paper towels will catch any dust that continues to fly out of the ducts. Just put some paper towels over the vent and tape them on. 

Turn the Fan on

You will want to have the fan in your furnace on so that as you dislodge the dust, it gets blown out to the vents so that it can get vacuumed up.

Start Cleaning

Once you have done all that, it's time to start cleaning up. Gently bang on all the visible duct work you can see in your basement so that you can start to dislodge the dust in the ducts. After you have done that, take all the supply grates off one at a time and clean them as you take them off. Put the hose of the vacuum in the ducts as far as you can and use the brush to scrape off anything that doesn't come loose. Don't forget to clean the grate itself. Then do the same with the intake register. That will keep the dust from getting back into your HVAC system. Finally, you want to change your furnace filter and put in a nice clean one. 

If you want to help dealing with your allergies, you can either clean your ductwork yourself or hire a furnace repair company to come do it for you. Contact a company like Brian's Heat and Air to learn more.