Shutting Down Your AC For The Year? Take Time To Clear Out Your Air Ducts


When fall arrives, the weather usually cools down enough to stop using your air conditioning system for the year. After you shut down your cooling system, take a moment to clear out your air ducts. Clogged air ducts can eventually affect your air conditioning system's performance. By removing debris from your air ducts, you can help ensure that your cooling system runs smoothly next summer. 

Why Clean Your Air Ducts

Air ducts are a part of your air conditioner's ventilation system. Some of the ducts remove warm air from your house, while other ducts return cool air back into the house. The air traveling through your air ducts isn't completely clean or free of dust and other contaminants. Much of these contaminants can coat the inside the ducts and prevent air from traveling through them. 

Heat can build up inside your house and make it harder for your air conditioning system to cool down your home. Your cooling system may actually break down from the stress placed on it.

Although you can't remove every particle of debris from your air ducts, you can make it easier for air to travel through them. 

How to Clear Out Your Air Ducts

You don't have to take apart your house to access the ducts. You can use the air registers or vents in your ceilings and walls to clean out your ducts. If you can't reach your ceiling vents by foot, use a step ladder to access them. If your ceiling is too high to reach even by ladder, contact a heating and cooling specialist for services.

Otherwise, you can proceed with the steps below:

  1. Turn off your cooling system completely before you begin the cleaning.
  2. Fill a large utility bucket with warm or cool water and 1 teaspoonful of regular dish detergent.
  3. Mix the ingredients together, then set the bucket aside for later. You'll also need at least four clean rags and one vacuum with a long, flexible hose to complete the job.
  4. Place your ladder beneath a vent, then use a tool to remove vent's cover. Complete this step with every vent you can access.
  5. Choose a starting vent, then use your vacuum to suction it out clean. If your vents are very soiled, this step may take you some time to complete.
  6. Put aside your vacuum, then use your rags to wipe down the inside cavities of the vents.
  7. Dry the vents with the rest of your rags, then replace the covers.

Your air ducts are now ready for next year.

If you need additional help with your vents, contact a cooling, plumber, or HVAC contractor for assistance. Visit a site like for more.


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