If you want to make your HVAC system more efficient, you need to make sure that your duct and register systems are clean and in good working order. No matter how efficient your appliances are (like the furnace and air conditioner) they will be affected if your air ducts and registers are not properly working. This article explains the best tools and techniques for proper duct and register maintenance.
Maintaining your duct system is something you can do yourself, or you can leave it to the professionals. The actual tools needed to clean air ducts are easy to use, but most people don't own them. You need a telescoping pole and duct cleaning brush for a thorough cleaning. Even though these two tools will only cost you about $60, which is about the same price as a professional service, many people just let the professionals do the work.
Working on ducts can be a little awkward and physically exhausting, so if you don't have the tools and skills, it is probably best to just have your ducts professionally cleaned about once a year.
Reduce the Cost of Your Duct Cleaning
There is one simple way you can reduce the overall cost of your duct cleaning service. That is, you can remove the air registers and clean them yourself before your duct cleaning is scheduled. This way, when the duct cleaners arrive at your property, they will be able to immediately access the ducts, and not need to worry about the air registers. You can quickly and easily clean your air registers by soaking them in the sink and cleaning them with dish washing soap. This way you can clean multiple registers at once.
Most air registers are attached to the wall of just a couple of screws. You can remove the screws using a power drill. The only problem is that this will often strip the paint off of the screw head. Many people will just buy new, painted screws from the stores for when they reinstall the registers.
As you can see, it isn't difficult or expensive to properly maintain your air duct and register system. If you have the tools, you can do the work yourself. Otherwise, the cost of hiring professionals is not going to be that expensive. With clean air ducts in your home, you are going to experience better airflow and higher air quality throughout the year. For more help, contact a company like High Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.