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If You Plan on Renovating This Fall, Use These Tips to Protect Your HVAC System

Posted on September 30, 2014

Upgrades to your home may look amazing when they are done, but renovations will create a lot of dust and debris that can infiltrate and cause issues in your HVAC system. Here are some tips to help your protect your HVAC system during your next renovation:

  • Go over your renovation with a contractor. Your existing HVAC contractor will be able to tell you if there are any special precautions you should take to protect your HVAC system.
  • Keep your A/C off. When your HVAC system runs, it sucks in air to the ventilation system and circulates it throughout your system and home. This can draw in unwanted debris.
  • Close vents near the work. Debris has a way of finding its way across rooms into open vents. Close the registers that are nearby while you are working.
  • Sand and cut outside. Most of the dust of typical renovations comes from sanding and sawing. Try to do these jobs outside and leave the cleaner activities for inside the home.
  • Cover the area. One way to isolate any debris is to use plastic tarps or sheets. By draping them up around the work area, you can keep the majority of debris in.
  • Sweep and vacuum often. Carefully clean up any mess that you make on a regular basis. This keeps it from accidentally ending up in your HVAC system.
  • Keep the filter clean. If you do run your system during times you aren’t working, keep a watchful eye on your air filter. With a lot of dust in the air, it’s easy for it to get clogged. Have replacements ready as needed.
  • Inspect your HVAC system afterwards. Consult your HVAC contractor once again and have him or her inspect your HVAC system for any serious signs of dirt and debris.

Every renovation job has different requirements. If you need help protecting your HVAC system during your Wichita renovation, contact Comfort Systems.

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