How To Clean Air Registers

In order to keep your heating and air conditioning efficient, homeowners often spend a lot of money. That is, they have their furnace, evaporator, condenser, and/or air conditioner regularly serviced by professionals to make sure that they are working at peak efficiency. But, there are often easier jobs that you can do yourself that will also have impact on the efficiency of your system. This article looks at one of the best do it yourself jobs that will make your system more productive by increasing airflow.

Airflow is Key

Many people don't realize how complicated HVAC air flow is. That is, they think that hot air is just produced by the furnace and then blown into the home. While this is technically true, it is only one part of the airflow. The colder air, already in your home, also needs to go somewhere. In a traditional split air system, there are air return ducts. So, this means that all of the registers in your house are not necessarily where air is pumped into a home. There are some registers where air is sucked into the duct system. This steady circular rotation of air is key to the overall efficiency of both your heating and cooling functions.

Clean Registers

This is why having clean and unblocked air registers is of the utmost importance. If your registers are clogged in anyway, it is basically impossible for your system to be as efficient as it can be.

So, frugal and ambitious homeowners should clean air registers at least once a year. Not only will this increase airflow, but it can also improve air quality. The more freely air is flowing, the better your filtering system is going to work. When you return registers are dirty, the air heading back to your furnace is going to pick up some of the dust and end up in the furnace.

How to Clean Your Own Registers

Register cleaning is a very simple DIY job and you don't even need any power tools for it. Usually, registers are easy to remove from the wall with just a handheld screwdriver. It works best if you remove all the registers at once, and then clean them as a batch, in a large sink using a sponge. You can use some light dishwashing soap to help remove any caked on dirt. In fact, while you have your registers remove, you should in between the blades to make sure there is no mold formation.

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