Preparing Your Intake Screens for Fall

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intake screenKeep Your Home Well Ventilated All Year Round

Despite still being in the throes of summer, there is never a better time to plan for the future. Making sure that all of your intake screens are clean and free of debris is a simple task to tack on during your routine summer yard work.

Your home or building has several air intake areas which allow for air flow too freely throughout the structure. Each intake is equipped with a mesh screen that allows air to flow while keeping out any debris that might try to come through. If these screens aren’t properly taken care of they can easily become blocked, preventing fresh air from coming into your home or building.

Cleaning your intake screens is easy. You can clean leaves, lint, and other debris in minutes using a brush and/or a vacuum. Keep an eye out for any tears or breakages in the mesh screens. A broken mesh screen will allow larger particles to pass through your intake pipes, potentially creating problems down the line.

If you’re using a newer hot water tank, there may be a screen underneath it. This screen can also be cleaned using the same method.

It’s also worth noting that even during the cold winter months it’s important to keep these vents clean, even though they might bring in the cold outdoors. Keeping them clean and making sure that nothing is blocking each vent intake and outtake will help to keep you home well ventilated; especially when the rest of your home is shut up tight.


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It’s important to clean these vents in the summer and fall because these seasons tend to create more organic debris. There’s also a chance that inorganic debris will build up, so routine inspections are necessary.

If you have any questions or are unsure of where your intake vents are located, give us a call. Our friendly representatives are always happy to answer any questions that you might have!

Happy cleaning!

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