It’s a great time to clean all of your fans and vents! When making your list, don’t forget to include the following items:
- Ceiling fans – In most rooms you can simply wipe off all of the blades with a dusting cloth. For ceiling fans located in and near a kitchen, you may need a de-greaser first.
- Bathroom fans – It is important for these to be working properly to prevent excess moisture in your bathroom. Remove the cover and carefully vacuum away accumulated dust near the motor. You’ll also want to clean the vent cover itself.
- Dryer vents – While it’s important to clean your lint trap after every load, don’t forget to clean the vent itself. Dryer vents are not only a significant fire hazard, not cleaning it regularly can reduce the efficiency of your dryer.
- Range hoods – Range hoods require regular cleaning to prevent grease build-up. Make sure you remove the metal filter and soak it a couple of times a year. If you are unable to clean it, it’s something you can replace fairly easily.
- Heating vents – Before you turn on the heat for the winter, remove and clean the register covers and vacuum out any debris in the vent itself.
- Duct work – You will find plenty of information for and against this process. However, if you change your filters regularly, you shouldn’t have a problem. There are times when it may be beneficial in older homes.
Also, make sure to replace fans and vents that are damaged or don’t work properly. As a result, you’ll keep your family safe by improving air quality and preventing fires.