Many households can benefit from investing in a new furnace. Modern furnaces are more energy efficient, but they are also too expensive for many household budgets. If you do not have quite enough money to invest in a new furnace, there is still hope. You can make your central heating system more effective and energy efficient without buying a new furnace. This article will explain how to clean your air vents and ducts. It is a simple, yet effective way to make your furnace more efficient.
The most immediate way to increase your heating power is increasing your airflow. Ducts and vents can become dusty and clogged over the years. By simply cleaning them, you can increase the airflow, making your furnace much more effective.
Cleaning the Vents
To clean your vents you need to remove them from the wall. Most vents are attached with two small screws. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the screws from the vent grill. Then remove the vents and give them a thorough cleaning in a separate area. You can easily clean fiberglass, plastic and vinyl vents in your sink. They can be thoroughly cleaned with dishwashing soap or household cleaner. Metal or aluminum vents should not be soaked in water. It is best to wipe them down with a moist rag. To clean wooden vents you should wipe them down and then apply a wood conditioner. Once your vents are thoroughly cleaned, they are ready to be reattached to the wall. But first you should clean the ducts.
Cleaning the Ducts
You should clean the part of the ducts that you can reach via the vent openings. Just wipe them down with a wet rag, reaching in as far as possible. You will need a powerful flashlight to look deeper into the ducts. If your ducts look dusty you will need to figure out a way to clean them. A long, telescoping duster or mop will work best. If you do not own one, you can attach a rag to the end of a broomstick and wipe down the edges of the duct.
The great thing about having a cleaner duct system is the fact that you furnace will be pumping out cleaner air. You might even notice fewer allergy problems due to lack of dust in the vents. Best of all, you may even be able to turn your furnace down a degree or two when heating your home. For more information on furnaces, contact a professional like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.