As winter draws to a close, many people are gearing up for spring cleaning, and this yearly ritual ought to include cars as well. The dirt, debris and road salt that may have blown up into the vehicle should be cleared out, and if you chose to forgo cleaning the vehicle before winter sets in, you may want to pay extra attention to the exterior air vents.

The vents, located just under the hood near the windshield, may be clogged with dried leaves from autumn as well as any other particles from the roads that might have gotten lodged there over the winter. Clogged vents will restrict how much fresh air is able to get into the passenger cabin of the vehicle. They can also force the air conditioner to worker harder, which may result in necessary damage.

Cleaning a vent can be as easy as removing the accumulated debris by hand and maybe vacuuming them out as well. Doing this regularly can keep fresh air circulating and prevent unnecessary damage to the air conditioner, which you and your passengers are sure to be happy about come summertime.