Can I Use a Vacuum Cleaner to Clean the Air Ducts in My Home?


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A vacuum cleaner can be used to do some limited cleaning of the air ducts in a home. It is important, however, to keep the vacuum clear of walls or filters that may incur damage if they come into contact with the force of the suction.

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Although the Environment Protection Agency does not acknowledge any research as credible in establishing a need to clean air ducts, some people who are more sensitive to household allergens prefer to clean their ducts as a preventative measure. While a professional cleaner will be required to clean areas deep within a home's ducts, spaces next to duct covers can be cleaned by washing and vacuuming away excess debris.

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