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A Guide to DIY Duct Cleaning

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The ducts in your home need maintenance if you want to ensure that you have fresh air and strong airflow in your home. The task of cleaning air ducts is actually very simple, but you need some tools and supplies that you probably don't already own. This article explains the best tools for the job and how to clean your ducts like a pro. If you have all these tools, you can save money in the long run.

Using the Right Tools

The most important tool for the job is a telescoping pole. You can find one of these poles at any home improvement store, but it might be in the painting section. The end of the pole is threaded so you can attach different cleaning tools to the end. You will want a pole that extends to at least 12 feet. The good thing about investing in a painter's pole is that you can later use it to attach a paint roller. So, it might be a nice tool to have in your arsenal.

You will want a nylon cleaning-brush attachment to initially dust the ducts. Then, you will want to use a sponge attachment that you can soak some disinfectant in to wipe down the duct sidewalls. These are both cheap but effective attachments.

Cleaning the Ducts

First, you need to remove the air registers on the wall. Use a power drill because it might be too difficult to loosen the screws with a handheld screwdriver. If the edges of your registers are caulked, you will need a utility knife to cut through the caulk. At this point, you should be able to pull the register off of the wall. Remove all the registers at once before you get out the cleaning supplies.

The key to cleaning is to try and insert the pole into the duct as deeply as possible without touching the sidewalls too much. Then, press the brush firmly down on one sidewall as you pull it out of the duct. Do this for every side of the duct. You need to apply a good amount of pressure, so the job can be tiring. The pole is long and awkward to handle, so be careful. Once you have dusted the ducts with the nylon brush, you can wipe them down with the sponge attachment. A little bit of disinfectant cleaner will help with any possible mold or allergy formation inside the ducts.

When all of your ducts are clean, you can reattach the registers. For professional help, consult a company such as Crystal Coast Heating & Air LLC.