Cleaning Air Ducts
Cleaning air ducts can save you a lot of money, as the businesses who perform this service charge a small fortune to do it for you. Now, you should know up front that the EPA finds no evidence to support that dirty air ducts are making you sick unless they’re clogged, infested with vermin, or contain mold.
So is it a necessary household task? Probably not. Is it one that I do? You bet.
WHY CLEAN THEM?
Ever since the day I dropped an earring down a floor register and opened it to find a massive spiderweb occupied by an equally massive spider, I’ve made a point to clean my air ducts thoroughly once a year, and less thoroughly once a month. Seriously, that spider looked like something that had crawled out of my nightmares. Cleaning my ducts regularly lets me sleep at night.
And, regardless of what the EPA says, I always notice less dust settling on my furniture in the days after I’ve done such a cleaning.
It just makes sense, doesn’t it? If you’ve got forced air coming out of a duct filled with dust, pet hair, Cheerios, or big ol’ hairy spiders, they’re bound to spread around a bit, right? Why put up with that? That’s why you need to know how to clean your own air ducts.
Fortunately, cleaning your air ducts isn’t that difficult to do if you use the right tools and make a point of following directions. No, you won’t get as deeply into your duct system as a commercial company will. That’s fine: most of the debris in your ducts gathers toward the registers, anyway, and you can reach those spots on your own.