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Clean your air ducts and filter yourself

Cleaning your air ducts and replacing the filters can be small step that you can take to ensure that the air you are breathing is clean and to cut down on the electricity costs. While cleaning them yourself will not in any way come close to as thorough a clean as a professional cleaning. Taking an afternoon to clean your air ducts will make at least a small impact.

You will need a few tools to clean the air ducts that you probably have around the house, and if the filter is really dirty you will want to go to a home store and pick up a new one. You are going to need a vacuum, screwdriver, paper towels and a brush with stiff bristles.

Going room by room open the registers and and other air duct covers. With them open you should be able to reach a few feet into the ducts. Using the vacuum, vacuum up the dust and gunk in the ducts and if there is stuff that needs help getting out you can use the brush to loosen the stuck stuff. When the duct that you are working on is finished, close it up and move on to the next one.

You can continue this procedure for every register in the house and when you are finished it is time to get to the filter. Turn off the air conditioner locate the register in your house that covers the filter and get yourself a damp paper towel. Using the damp paper towel wipe the register clean if its dusty, and slowly open the register. If its on the ceiling you want to be careful that the filter doesn't fall on you. When its open remove the filter check the size and direction that the filter is sitting at (you need this for replacing it). Taking the new filter hold it with the air flow arrow facing the same direction as the old one. Close up the register and you should be good to go.

This method should help to reduce the dust particles in the air and will make your air conditioner a little more effecient. You should get a professional cleaning at least once a year to keep your air clean.

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