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Fall and Winter Prep: Make Sure You Clean Those Vents

If you live in a home with forced hot air, then you may want to consider a quick clean before heading into the depths of winter.

One of the obvious benefits to the spring and fall is that you can crack a few windows and really air out the house. This not only gives the benefit of cooling off the home, but also in circulating the air and just getting rid of any sort of stale indoor smell that just comes with the territory of owning a home.

With the winter months ahead, you’ll find opportunities to open windows few and far between. After all, if you’re going to crack a window when it’s 25 degrees outside, then you are certainly bolder than I.

Given these conditions, the forced hot air is going to be your go-to, in addition to any sort of fireplace of space heaters you may own. You’ll want to check all of the vents to make sure they haven’t collected any dust over the past few months. If they have, simply unscrew them, give them a good cleaning (any sort of windex or home cleaner will do) and screw them back on.

You may also want to consider getting a cleaning professional to come in and do a deep clean of your vents. Ideally you’ll want to do this every 3-5 years. If you’re doing any sort of home renovation where sheet rock dust or debris may be in the air, I’d recommend doing it before the winter season.

Keep in mind you’ll be breathing this air in all winter long. There’s nothing like a nice deep clean to ensure you’re not breathing in dust, sheet rock, or any other junk accumulated along the way.

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