Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies? Do you feel like the air being pumped into your home is not is clean and fresh as it used to be? Or, do you feel like the airflow is not as strong as it should be? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you probably need to clean your air ducts. Most people call a duct cleaning service, but handy DIYers often do the job on their own. You only need a few basic tools to give your air ducts a thorough cleaning.

Removing Your Air Registers

First of all, you need to remove your air registers from the walls. Usually, all you need is a flathead screwdriver to do this. In some cases, you might need a power drill to actually get the screws loose. Once the registers are off the wall, you can start to work on the ducts.

Using a Telescoping Pole

The most important tool you will need for cleaning your ducts is a telescoping painters pole with a duct cleaning attachment. Duct cleaning brushes usually have a special fitting on the handle that allows them to be screwed onto universal utility poles. The poles are quite common in many types of construction. You might only be able to find a suitable telescoping pole in the paint department at your local home improvement store.

The most effective way to clean your ducts is to first use the brush to scrub them down. Try to hit every inch of each duct wall. This should knock most of the dust loose. At this point you should pull your brush out of the duct and clean it off.

Now, you want to sweep all the dust out of the ducts. The trick is to guide the pole all the way into the duct, as far as it will go, without hitting the sides. Then, push down on one wall of the duct as you pull it out. This should grab most of the dust without pushing it further into the ducts. If you have a hose vacuum, you can suck up this dust before you completely sweep it out of the ducts and it gets all over your home.

All you have to do now is clean your air registers and reattach them. After just a days worth of work you can start to enjoy cleaner air with better airflow. To learn more or receive more assistance, contact local heating repair services.