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5 Ways to Protect Your HVAC During Remodeling
You would assume excess dust is something you have to put up with just to enjoy the finished results of your remodeling efforts. But as HVAC professionals, we can tell you that the type of dust that tends to be generated during a remodeling project can damage various parts of your heating and cooling system and get into ducts and contribute to other issues if you're not careful. On the plus side, there are some steps – five of which are discussed below – you can take to protect your HVAC during remodeling.
1. Plan Ahead with an HVAC Professional
Once you know you'll be having remodeling work done, contact a trusted HVAC company like Ardmore Fresh Air. This way you can get some expert tips about how to prepare before renovations begin and how to minimize issues with your heating and cooling equipment.
2. Turn Off Your HVAC System (Whenever Possible)
Running an HVAC system during remodeling work increases the risk of dirt and debris being sucked into the fan, blower, or ductwork. At the very least, turn off your system when things get especially dusty indoors and only use it when work is done for the day.
3. Be Proactive About Dust Control
Make an effort to minimize dust as much as possible throughout the remodeling process. Dust control steps you can take to do this include:
- Using plastic tarps to isolate the area being worked on
- Keeping the remodeling area at a negative pressure when dust is being produced
- Opening windows whenever possible
- Doing as much of the prep work outside as possible
- Closing off registers and vents in the work area
4. Clean Up Regularly
Make sure your remodeling contractor takes steps to prevent spreading dust and debris, like wearing protective shoe coverings. Regular cleanup should be part of the construction process as well. Also, seal openings within your heating/cooling system so they aren't used as convenient storage spots for swept up debris.
5. Clean/Change Your HVAC Filter
Even when efforts are made to minimize dust and debris during a remodeling project enough extra dust can be generated to affect your HVAC filters. For this reason, it's best to change or clean your filters periodically as your renovation work continues. A filter that's clogged with extra particles or debris will make your HVAC system work harder than it has to.
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Your HVAC system can be further protected during the remodeling process if you continue to reach out to an HVAC professional as your project advances, especially if your renovations will be done in stages or involve several works or months of work. The Ardmore Fresh Air team is also available to perform a thorough inspection and professional cleaning once your improvements are completed. Contact us today for more information.
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