There’s a lot to manage when going through a home remodel, but have you considered what you need to do to protect your HVAC system?
Home remodeling can be so exciting, but it can also be stressful. With all the things there are to consider and take care of during a home remodel, your HVAC can be easy to overlook, but that can lead to big problems. Without the proper precautions, your HVAC system can be easily damaged during a home remodel, leading to costly repairs or replacements.
With these tips, you can let go of some of the stress and rest assured that your HVAC will stay safe during your renovations.
Have an HVAC Contractor Check Your Renovation Plans
Before you start on a renovation project, have a trusted local HVAC professional review your renovation plans, and see how they work with your existing HVAC set up. There are plenty of HVAC related questions that can come up during a renovation.
For example, you might need to know if the renovation will impact duct placement or if the renovation plan needs alterations to accommodate your current HVAC set up. It’s also important to remember that some remodeling projects will mean that you have to resize your HVAC system.
For all these factors and more, it’s always best to know before you start remodeling. Finding out that you missed something after a project has been started or completed is a huge headache.
Close and Cover Registers and Vents
It’s best to close off and cover as many registers and vents as you can, especially in the areas where any renovation is taking place. The dust, debris, and other particles that are produced through a renovation can damage your vents, and keeping them closed and covered will help protect your HVAC system.
You can use plastic tarps and unwanted clothing or sheets to cover vents and registers.
Pro tip: If you’re running your AC or have the heat on, then you don’t want to close off too many registers and vents at the same time. Closing off too many registers and vents while the system is running will restrict airflow.
Limit HVAC Use
If possible, to avoid damaging your HVAC system, it’s best to keep it off as much as possible while renovations are taking place. When your HVAC system is off, it will prevent dust and debris from entering the system and damaging it.
Take the Mess Outside
One of the best ways to keep your HVAC system safe from the dust, debris, sawdust, grit, and other particles from renovations, is by keeping as much work outside as possible. Use your yard or garage space for sawing, sanding, and other prep work.
Isolate Renovation Areas
It’s best to keep renovation areas completely blocked off and isolated from the rest of your home. Keep the renovation areas tarped off and ensure that your contractor uses effective dust control during the project.
Clean, Clean, Clean
It might be the easier option to wait until the renovation is complete to clean, but that method won’t protect your HVAC, especially during lengthy renovations. Keeping up with cleaning throughout remodeling will prevent dust and particle buildup and prevent it from spreading throughout your home, clogging your air filters, and damaging your HVAC system.
Clean and Replace Air Filters
Your air filters are a significant component of an optimally running HVAC system, and during renovations, they will likely get clogged up faster. Replacing and cleaning clogged filters can reduce energy consumption by up to 15%. There are also other benefits to choosing the best HVAC filter for your system and cleaning and replacing filters regularly.
During renovations, especially lengthly ones, it’s best to check your filter often, and clean and replace it when necessary. Once renovations are complete, you should clean or replace your filter again.
Inspect Your HVAC System After Renovations
Once renovations are complete, have a licensed HVAC technician inspect your system. A professional HVAC technician will check your coils, ductwork, furnace, blower, and all other components of your system to ensure everything is in good condition. It’s also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned after a renovation.
During an inspection, a contractor can also check that your HVAC system can accommodate the renovations made to your home, especially if you’ve made additions. An HVAC system that’s too small for your newly renovated home will cause reduced energy efficiency, higher electricity bills, and added strain on your HVAC system.
We’re Here to Help With Post-Renovation Maintenance
At AirXperts, we pride ourselves on knowing everything there is about keeping your HVAC system running at its best. These tips will help keep your HVAC system running optimally through a renovation, but if you need any more help, we’re always here. Contact us today to schedule an inspection, routine maintenance, and for all your HVAC needs.