Home renovations are just as messy as exciting as they are and the dust and dirt released in the process can wreck havoc on your HVAC system and damage it. Here are 7 tips to keep your HVAC unit safe from gritty sawdust and debris during the remodel:
- Plan in advance
Have your renovation plan reviewed by an HVAC expert before the renovation project begins because there is no scope of doing things differently after the job is done.
- Turn your HVAC system off
Try not to use your HVAC system till you are done with the dusty job as it will keep your ductwork and filters free from dirt and debris. Close the registers in the areas being renovated and regularly clean the space being renovated. Don’t wait until the renovation is completed.
- Close the HVAC vents in unused rooms
Cover the vents in all the rooms that are being renovated. Use plastic tarps and clothing to contain the dust and dirt coming from the cutting and sanding.
- Move all the prep work outdoors
Keep all the cutting and sanding jobs outside. Moving all the messy renovation work outdoors will block the entry of dust and dirt into your HVAC unit.
- Ensure complete dust control
Isolate the rooms being renovated from the rest of your house. Ensure that your contractor exercises complete dust control throughout the project.
- Clean clogged air filters
Check your HVAC air filters regularly while the renovation is on and after the completion of the project to ensure that none of the air filters are clogged with dirt and debris. Even tiny particles can block the circulation of air and this would exert more strain on your HVAC unit.
- Inspect ductwork and indoor coils
Have your ductwork, coils, furnace and blower inspected by an HVAC professional to make sure that dust and debris have not accumulated in your heating and cooling equipment. Having your air duct cleaned after the completion of renovation will prevent operational inefficiencies and ensure energy efficient use.
Ensure That Your HVAC Unit Is Appropriately Sized For the Newly Constructed Space
Have your HVAC unit checked to know if it is adequately sized to accommodate the heating and cooling needs of your newly renovated home especially if you have extended any area or added new partitions. If your system is small, it may not be able to operate efficiently and is likely to affect your energy bills and comfort levels.