Tips for Cleaning Home Heating Vents for Winter Use

Tips for Cleaning Home Heating Vents for Winter UseCleaning your heating vents is crucial for energy efficiency and the health of those living in your home. Over time, HVAC systems get clogged with dust, detritus and particles that can be a breeding ground for bacteria, hindering your system’s ability to provide adequate heat.

The first step when cleaning home heating vents is to visually inspect your grates. Use dust wads and swipe until all accumulated dust is removed from each output grate. Next, head to your heating system and check the filter. Most systems have removable or disposable filters.

Removing filters comes down to the simple matter of finding the attachment points. After they’ve been removed, replace them with a new, clean vent. This alone with save energy costs and make your HVAC system much more energy efficient.

Next, scrape and wash the grates, both inside and out. Use a screwdriver to remove the grates and give them a proper washing with dish soap. If they fit, run them through the pots and pans cycle and allow them to dry. This removes all sediment and germs, making your system healthier and more fuel efficient.

Getting into your ducts with a long dusting wad and thoroughly rubbing them out is highly recommended. This is yet another step in ridding your HVAC system of accumulated dust and grit. After this is completed, heated air can flow with fewer impediments, lowering your energy costs. This also prevents dust and grime from discharging throughout your home, while reducing the risk of bacterial infections and the spread of unwanted germs.

If your issues still don’t clear up, especially after changing the heating vent on your HVAC system, it’s time to call in a professional to see if there’s something mechanically wrong with your machine. Stay warm and safe by keeping your heating system clean this winter. When you’re ready for a maintenance check, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning in San Diego.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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8 Comments

  • I definitely need to start replacing my air filter more often. I think that it would really help keep the air in my house clean and healthy. It also seems like doing this could help keep my house warm or cool more effectively. I also haven’t been the best at cleaning out my vents. That is definitely something that I am going to have to start getting in the habit of.

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  • Thanks for sharing this advice on getting your heating vents cleaned. I had no idea that energy efficiency could be affected by the cleanliness of the vents. It might be time to inspect the vents in my home and see if they need some extra help. I’ll be sure to check the grates and look at the filter! If things are looking bad enough, I might call a professional to clean it more thoroughly.

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  • I highly recommend cleaning your air ducts for the winter before turning your heater on. The hot air can catch the dust on fire!

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  • The vents in your home is something that you seldom think of. However, it is quite important to clean them every now and then. Over time, dust and debris will accumulate in the vents which could clog your heating or A/C system. Like you said, this will hinder your systems’ ability to operate efficiently.

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  • Cleaning a home vent is what my son should probably start doing for his new home. I happened to visit him and his family, once there, I noticed something wrong with the vents and duct work. It seems like he’ll probably have to use some of my cleaning tools to clean them out.

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  • Thanks for these great tips on keeping the ducts clean! Since we’re heading into winter, I want to make sure that we’re not blowing dirty air into our house when we turn on the heat. I’m thinking that I’m going to hire a professional service to clean out our air ducts and then use these tips to maintain cleanliness throughout the winter!

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  • I like that you started off with the statement that says that clean heating helps with energy efficiency. If I was trying to save money then I would want to know what I could change. I think that a professional might be able to help you with the cleaning if you aren’t sure how to do it.

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    • It is true! Keep those vents clean!

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