A home renovation is both exciting and a little stressful. On the one hand, you’re going to be getting the upgrade you want. On the other hand, part of your home is about to turn into a construction zone.
There are so many other things to think about that you probably haven’t thought about your furnace and air conditioner.
Your HVAC system needs extra protection because of the amount of dirt, debris, and contaminants that can be stirred up by a renovation. It can also be physically damaged if your renovation plans don’t line up with your existing HVAC layout.
Use these tips to prevent damage to your heating and cooling system during renovations.
1. Make a Plan Well Ahead of the Renovation
When you find the right renovation company, and the right plans, you should consult a professional HVAC technician. They’ll be able to help you determine if the plans will work.
For example, will the renovation impact your duct placement? Will you need to make alterations to the plans to accommodate your current HVAC layout? These are answers you should have before the work starts, and you end up with a sticky situation.
2. Cover Your Vents
Dust, particularly the large particles that renovations kick up, will have a negative effect on your furnace and air conditioner. The larger the debris, the more likely it could harm your HVAC equipment.
Head all that dust off right away by covering the vents in the area the renovation is taking place.
Remember: If your furnace is running, you don’t want to close off too many vents - that will restrict airflow.
3. Turn Your Furnace Off When Work is Being Done
When work is going on in your home, you should turn your furnace or air conditioner off. This will help prevent excess dirt and debris from potentially damaging your home heating and cooling systems.
4. Do the Messy Work Outside
The best way to prevent damage and extra dust? Do the messy work somewhere else!
Use your outdoor space or garage as your cutting and sawing spot. This will minimize the amount of sawdust, grit, and overall construction dirt that will get caught in your vents, ducts, and air filter.
5. Clean Regularly
Renovations can be a lengthy process, which means that you’re going to be dealing with the dirt and debris for awhile. It’s important to keep your home as clean as possible during that time period.
Make it a habit to dust and vacuum at least every couple of days. This is more frequent than usual, but will combat the excess dust and dirt that is being kicked up.
Any dust that isn’t cleaned up will get sent through your air filter, which will quickly become clogged.
Clean or Replace Your Air Filter Often
Part of keeping your home as clean as possible is to clean or replace your furnace’s air filter more often. If it becomes too clogged, it won’t work properly. This means your air will be filled with renovation dust, which isn’t good for your home or your health.
Depending on the length of your renovation and the amount of work being done, you will have to use your best judgement when it comes to changing your air filter. We recommend checking it regularly, just to be safe.
6. Get a Professional Duct Cleaning Once the Work is Done
When the renovation is done, you should do one more thing before sitting back and fully enjoying it. Have professionals come and clean your entire duct system, as well as your HVAC system.
Even though you closed the vents, kept everything turned off, and cleaned the air filter, dust is persistent. And while duct cleaning isn’t something you have to do often, there are a few instances where it’s needed. After a renovation is one of them.
The dust from the renovation has now settled in your ductwork, making it’s way towards your furnace, causing massive amounts of buildup. This in turn forces your furnace to work harder, which isn’t energy-efficient or safe.
Our team of technicians will come and use the proper tools to thoroughly clean your duct system.
We’ll Do the Post-Renovation Maintenance
Your furnace and air conditioner will be in great shape when the renovation is done if you take the proper precautions. But if you’re at all worried about the health of your home heating and cooling systems, it never hurts to schedule some maintenance.
Furnace maintenance is highly recommended before the winter season, and post-renovation is a great time to check and make sure everything is as it should be.
Do you have renovation plans in the works?