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Summer AC Vent Cleaning Tips

It’s the time of year when you want an HVAC system that’s running optimally, but without breaking the bank. An important factor to keep in mind is that clean air vents will save you a lot of time in repair and cost for both cooling and heating your house. Keeping your vents clean will help ensure that irritants like dirt, dust, hair, pollen and other allergens are not being spread or worse building up inside your system. Continue reading for some of our AC vent cleaning tips that you can use this summer.


It doesn’t take much to clean your AC vents. In fact, most people have the supplies around their house at any given time. The recommended DIY list is as follows:

  • A strong step ladder

  • Screwdriver

  • Soap and Water

  • Disposable scrub brush

  • Vacuum, one that can handle high volume of debris

A few other precautions you should take before starting the process:

  • Wear protective eye gear and gloves to handle any surprise debris

  • Check your circuit breaker for the outside system as well as your thermostat

  • For more fragile areas of the vent, use the soft bristles vacuum attachment to keep it steady


The first step is to turn off the power to your HVAC system. You don’t want your unit running during the process to avoid blowing dirt and debris around. It will also ensure that you don’t waste either heat or air coming during the process of cleaning.


The second step is to locate and map out where all the vents are in your house. Start with the easiest to reach, by carefully unscrewing the vent covers and placing the material to the side. Using your soap and water or other all-purpose disinfectant, wipe down the air covers and run them under water for good measure. Once dry, you can replace the air vents back to their places, working steadily to the higher reaching ones.

The third step can be done while your covers are drying. Using the vacuum, reach the hose carefully down in the system. If you don’t have a vacuum with this feature it is recommended to borrow or rent one for the process. This will thoroughly clean up the area with no additional issues.


Finally, if you run into a problem that seems too large for you, stop what you’re doing and return the vents to their proper place. Contact Max C. Smith Company with any concerns or questions. We are ready to help you with any HVAC needs that you may encounter.

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Max C. Smith Company

Heating and Air Conditioning North Hills

3804 Gibsonia Rd,

Gibsonia, PA 15044

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