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Reduce The Amount Of Dust That Blows Through The Vents Connected To A Central Heating System

by Brent Hart

If dust is blowing through the vents that cover the duct work that is connected to your central heating system, you may be concerned about the quality of the air that you are breathing in. You can take a few steps to reduce the amount of debris that comes out the vents by completing the following steps. Reducing the amount of debris may also help your central air system operate more efficiently.


  • screwdriver
  • bucket of warm, soapy water
  • scrub brush
  • lint-free cloths
  • rubber gloves
  • flashlight
  • vacuum cleaner with hose attachment

Remove And Clean The Vent Covers

Turn off the power to the central heating system. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the hardware that is holding the vent covers in place. Lift up the vent covers and place them in a bucket of warm, soapy water and allow them to soak for several minutes. Use a scrub brush to loosen any residue that is stuck between the slats on each cover. Rinse the covers off with plain water and dry them with a lint-free cloth when finished.

Clean The End Of Each Duct

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and shine a flashlight down the end of each duct. Pay close attention to which areas are covered with debris. Use a hose attachment on a vacuum cleaner to suck up dust and dirt. Try to push the end of the hose down as far as you can while completing this step. If any dirty residue is on the interior walls of each duct, eliminate it with a soapy cloth. Once clean, wipe the same sections with a clean cloth that has been dampened with plain water. Dry the interior walls of each duct with a dry, lint-free cloth when finished. 

Replace The Vent Covers And Turn On The System

Replace the vent covers over the end of each duct. Insert the appropriate hardware in each one and tighten the pieces with a screwdriver. Turn on the central heating system and adjust the thermostat. If you notice that less dust is coming out of each vent, your efforts have paid off. The air quality inside of your home will be better and your heating system may work more efficiently.

Of course, if you ever encounter a serious dust problem inside of your home that is associated with the heating system, seek professional assistance from a company that specializes in appliance services so that they can resolve the problem properly. Contact a company like R & R Heating & Cooling of Polk CO Inc for more information.