Here’s How to Prepare your HVAC for a Home Renovation

Here's How to Prepare your HVAC for a Home RenovationAre you excited about your much-awaited home renovation? Don’t rush-in without preparing your HVAC system first! Whether you’re removing a wall, revamping your bathroom, or gutting your kitchen, construction debris can wreak havoc on your heating and air conditioning system. How can you protect your HVAC system from harm?

Change Your Air Filter at the Beginning and End of Home Renovation

Renovation activities release massive amounts of dust and debris, which can circulate throughout your home in the air your family breathes. Changing your hvac filter before you begin renovating can reduce airborne particles, helping your system trap the maximum amount of dust and debris. Changing the filter again when the project is done will ensure any captured dust and debris from the renovation is removed from your home. A clean filter is essential to a well-performing system, facilitating the free flow of air and reducing energy costs and strain on your system.

Remove Furnishing that Can Trap and Redistribute Construction Debris Later

Fabric items around the home, such as curtains, throws, and rugs, can trap construction dust, releasing it back into the air, into your ducts, and into your HVAC system after renovations are complete. To prevent the unnecessary accumulation of contaminants:

  1. Remove and store as many of these items as possible.
  2. Cover those you cannot remove with plastic tarps.
  3. When your project is complete, wipe down all hard surfaces and deep clean those you are unable to protect, such as wall-to-wall carpeting.

Don’t Run Your HVAC System During Home Renovation 

To prevent contaminants and dirt from damaging your system and being distributed throughout your home, do not run your heating and air conditioning system during construction. Close your air vents and registers to prevent the need for duct cleaning later. Airborne contaminants that get into your HVAC unit can impact indoor air quality in your home and decrease the efficiency and lifespan of your system.

Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance Once Renovation is Complete

Particles like drywall dust and sawdust are quite small, and despite your best efforts, may still make their way into your system, affecting its performance, and causing:

  • Filthy, clogged air filters.
  • Poor performance and unusually high energy bills.
  • Frequent temperature fluctuations.
  • Excess dust throughout your home.
  • Poor indoor air quality that impacts the health of your family.

To reduce the likelihood of unexpected heating and air conditioning system repairs, scheduling a professional cleaning and inspection after your project is complete is highly recommended. Your local HVAC pro can quickly manage debris and dust buildup on key system components such as your blower, coils, and ductwork, heading off problems at the pass.

Keep your system safe during home renovation, and year-round, with the help of H & H Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us to learn more about our affordable Comfort Club agreements for maintaining your system today.


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