The HVAC system is quite susceptible to dust, dirt and other forms of debris, which are usually the by-products of the fall renovations. This is why it is important to protect your HVAC system from any kind of damage that may be caused during the renovations. The following steps will keep the heating and cooling systems protected as you remodel your home.
- Keep your HVAC Contractor in the Loop about the Renovation Plans
Before you start renovating, check with your HVAC contractor if the cooling, heating and ventilation systems will operate efficiently once the renovations are completed. Take their advice and suggestions into consideration. By overlooking this step, you may put your HVAC system at risk.
- Don’t Use the HVAC System while the Renovations are Underway
Renovations consist of tasks that can create a lot of dust. It is crucial to ensure that this dust doesn’t find its way into the HVAC system. Close or cover the registers to prevent dust from entering the system. You can even close off the rooms or different sections that are being renovated. If you can’t seal the rooms, cover the HVAC system using plastic tarps. This will help in preventing the dust from infiltrating the HVAC system and damaging it. It would be best if you do not use the HVAC system altogether until the renovations are done.
- Keep the Work Area Outdoors and Clean It Regularly
Designate an area where the messy tasks of renovation, such as sawing, cutting and sanding can be done. Make sure that this staging area is outside the home or in an enclosed space such as an outdoor garage. If possible, try to isolate the work area from the rest of the house using plastic tarps.
Ensure that the work area is regularly cleaned to prevent the build-up of dust and dirt, curb its movement and prevent the dust from settling onto your possessions like shoes, clothes and other household items. It is also important that you check your system’s filters and clean them regularly. If the dust enters the HVAC system, the airflow will be blocked, reducing the system’s efficiency and damaging it.
- Get the HVAC System Inspected after the Renovations are Completed
Once the renovations are completed, call an HVAC contractor to inspect your entire HVAC system to make sure it was not damaged during the renovations. Don’t forget to get the indoor coil, blower and ductwork inspected as well. Get the ductwork cleaned thoroughly to ensure that all the dust that may have infiltrated the system during the renovation process is removed.
Do not put your HVAC system on the back burner while the renovations are being done. An HVAC breakdown can be extremely expensive and cause a lot of inconvenience to your family. It is better to take necessary precautions beforehand rather than putting your HVAC system at risk and facing problems later on. We, at Service Champions, can help you keep your HVAC systems safe from damage during and after renovations.