Trap Dust At Air Vents

One day I noticed that you can follow the dust in my bedroom back to the air vent. I took two fresh dryer sheets, stapled them together, and covered the air vent with them using four refrigerator magnets. It catches much of the dust, so now I only dust about once a week or so, depending on how much the central air or heater is running.

By Leslie from Mesquite, TX

July 21, 20110 found this helpful

You might want to use cheesecloth instead. Air cannot pass through dryer sheets as well and might overtax your furnace motor.

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

When I had forced air heat, I had a duct cleaning service come in once and vacuum out the duct work. It made quite a difference, and then no vents had to be covered. No matter what you put over the vents, it will restrict the airflow somewhat.

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with the others. My husband is an HVAC man and you never want to restrict air flow too much. That's what dampers are for.

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

Well, the Bounce sheets flow away from the vent, so it does not restrict the flow, but it does direct it more downward. I've also heard from people that have had their ducts cleaned and said it wasn't worth the trouble or the money, plus the fact that I've been unemployed for a long time and can't afford it. I would have used cheesecloth covered with something semi-sticky like the Bounce sheets but didn't have cheesecloth and didn't know what to use on it. Thanks for the feedback.

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