As much as having regular cleaning on the vent, duct and dryer vent in a home is important, many people usually ignore this area in their home. Specifically, not having your dryer vent cleaned is a very small thing that can have a lot of damage to your property. This is damned to cause inefficient drying of clothes and at the same time cause rise in your bills on energy. On the other end, air duct happens to be an important part when it comes to regular home maintenance and needs regular cleaning as well. However, there are certain things that one has to look for in order to determine when your vent or duct needs cleaning.
Air ducts are the system parts designed in a way to enhance addition or removal of heat from a home in order to make the home comfortable. In a basic air duct is supply ducts meant to distribute air to the space trough conditioning and they require having a temperature control. On the same there are other ducts known as return ducts which help in air return to the system for reconditioning and filtration. Various duct types are made of different kind of materials like the sheet metal, flex and board. Therefore, it is wise that an individual know the type of duct used in their system to be able to determine the right cleaning time.
Cleaning of air ducts is advocated for to be after every two years. On the same, technicians recommend considerations of some things before deciding on cleaning. One of the major signs of the need for cleaning is when an individual is conducting more dusting on the duct than they usually do. Again having a collection of dust at the side of the grills may be a sign of need for cleaning. If such signs are observed, then one requires consulting a professional for cleaning and evaluation. One should also check to ensure that the system has no problem of mold. Molds happens to pose a health threat and may cause respiratory problems to the inhabitants. One should therefore properly maintain the filters by having one with a large surface area and pleats. Also during cleaning ensure that the air handler is also cleaned and the whole system generally to also increase durability.
Also ensure that the vented dryer is cleaned. Failure of the lint to respond to the gravitational force may cause air blockage hence leading to the system failure. Hence it needs cleaning not less that once a year to ensure efficiency and economy.
One can adopt two ways of cleaning. The first method involves application of the suction method to clean the whole duct where an air tube of high-pressure is made to go through the system removing the interior dirt. Secondly, you can use a vacuum hose.