Dirty Air Vents
Well we have 4 weeks to go till the end of the year. We will have blogs leading up til then, but a little secret, 2 will be wishing you happy holidays. As 2016 rolls to an end the next 3 blogs will be informative of changes in the season and season changes in the home or office. So this week, I want to blog about dirty air vents and the air filter. So lets begin.
When we see dirty air vents, it mainly means there is a lot of dust or airborne dirt in the air. You may have dirty air vents and clean daily. This does not mean you are not taking care of your home. When we clean we really do not think of the air vent or inside the duct for the HVAC system. This is an area that really is not maintained and a lot of us including me sometimes forget about the return air filter too.
So to really talk about this, when an air vent is dirty a lot of times the dirt or dust is coming from the ground and being brought up to the ceiling area. Some of us will have the vents in the floor and dirt and debris will collect quicker. Just as an FYI, when you see air vents or registers in the floor they are normally from a northern or cold environment. As in Florida and in the south they are in the ceiling for the warmer and hot environment. Either way they should be cleaned monthly or at the minimum every 3 months. The main reason of cleaning the vents is because you do not want debris collecting into the vent or dust gathering and being brought back to the fan and unit. Eventually you will decrease the life of the components and have costly repair bills unexpectedly.
So, maybe you are thinking how the hell did the dirt or dust get there, whether in the ceiling or in the floor. This is elementary. Dirt or dust will collect and follow to any type of air flow. For floor vents the air maybe pushing the air up but when the system is off, then you have an opening to allow particles to collect. As far as ceiling vents, they collect dust particles from ceiling fans and centrifugal force. In the south we use our AC mostly due to the weather. Ceiling fans are a must, to manage the energy bill. But here is a secret that a lot of us forget. When we clean we usually forget about our baseboards. Originally the base boards back in the 1800’s were called dust boards. People had hardwood flooring and the dust collected from there. Another tip, in the early days crown molding was placed in rooms. Yes decorative and creative. But my great grandmother would wipe down the trim once a week to eliminate the dust in the ceiling area.
So, lets not forget about the return air filter. This is crucial to keeping the life expectancy of your system. A dirty filter will decrease the life expectancy of any element of the HVAC system by at least 30%. This will be next weeks blog about your filter.
So in closing, when you are doing your main monthly cleaning, think about the areas we normally do not see. The entertainment center, the dresser that collects papers, the desk of files. All this will collect dust and send into the air and you will breathe it. We are approaching the holidays and we do not want to show a dirty home. Also, do you really want Aunt Iris to say, I sneezed and coughed when I was at your house but when I got home I was fine. Simple tips are best and thank you again for following my blog.
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