Should I Clean the Air Vent Covers of my Central AC?

August 30, 2019


Your air conditioner return vents are prone to collecting dust just like anything else in your home. Due to their positioning, these air vent covers are more susceptible to collecting particles that drift high in the air and settle on them.

Cleaning your central air conditioner's air vent covers can improve the operation of your system and prevent damages.

What Your Air Vent Covers Do

The return vents that link your central AC's ducts to the rest of your home have a vital role in the proper function of your system; their covers help prevent dirt and dust that lead to clogs and malfunction from entering the ducts.

Although some homes may have minimal dust and dirt to worry about, many homeowners notice that their AC's vent covers are covered and wonder how they should go about cleaning them.

Start With a Vacuum

Use the hose on your vacuum cleaner to clean up as much dirt and dust as you can from the vent slats. Some people like to use a high-reaching feather duster, but a vacuum is the best way to ensure that nothing is left behind.

Cleaning the Covers

With your air conditioning turned off, use a screwdriver to remove the covers. If your air vent covers are held in place with clips instead of screws, lift or press the clip until the cover comes loose.

Submerge covers in a sink or tub filled with warm, soapy water for 15-20 minutes. Wipe them off with a cleaning rag to remove any leftover dust and debris. Dry immediately with a clean towel, and follow up with a blow dryer on its cool setting to prevent rust.

Once your air vent covers are thoroughly clean and dry, screw or clip them back into place.

Routine air conditioning cleaning is a part of preventative maintenance 

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