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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tip #9 - cleaning air condition & heating vents

When we bought our historic home (over 50 years old) we knew that there was a lot of dust in the heater vents.

We decided to have the vents cleaned out before we installed central air. Asthma Doc has always told us not to use a swamp cooler when you have asthma (it increases the humidity level in the home and often blows contaminants through the wet pads on the swamp coolers.) So the first thing we did when we bought the house was call the contractor for a central air unit.

However, we didn't want to install central air and blow 50 years worth of dust and gunk all over the house, so we had the had the vents cleaned out. I'm sure there were some things coming out while the previous owners were using the furnace, but we wanted a fresh start. (And the previous owners didn't have asthma or allergies!)

Most of the carpet cleaning companies offer vent cleaning now, just shop around a little. The company we used charged us per vent, so your cost will depend on the size of your house.

It seems to have made a difference, I don't have to dust that often. Asthma is really strange, it's the only disease I know of that is affected so much by the environment around us. So, anything I can do to make it a little safer for breathing-I'm all for it!


  1. Hmm.. aside from using the AC, it is also important to have a clean house so you can invite good insulation. That way, you can also breathe fresh air.

    Santo Badenoch

  2. Your post is certainly one of the best source of valuable information every reader must follow. Glad to hear a lot from you soon. Keep on sharing! Thanks

    Skokie heating

  3. That’s right. With a 50 year old house like yours, it’s best to clean all the vents and heater first before installing an AC unit. Not only will your AC will function more efficiently, but it will also ensure that you and your family will have clean and dust-free air circulating in your home. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Shelley Coday @ C & C

    1. Hi Shelley,

      Yes, we clean a LOT at our house!!