Aside from the fact that renovations can increase a home’s value, it also gives homeowners an opportunity to add comfort and usable space. Whether you’re upgrading the kitchen cabinets, remodeling the bathroom or adding on a new family room, home improvements can be exciting, but they require significant planning and effort. In addition to designing your brand-new look, you must also consider the safety and effectiveness of your HVAC during construction.
It’s Hammer Time: Dust Can Compromise Your HVAC During Construction
Renovations can stir up a lot of dust and debris during the construction process. This can result in damage to your furnace and air conditioner units. As you tear down sheet rock or saw through wood, dust and debris can creep into every nook and cranny of your home, including the HVAC blower, fan coils and other important components of your furnace or AC.
All this particulate matter can inhibit your HVAC’s ability to produce warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer months. Because of the additional wear and tear, you may end up with costly repairs and needing to replace it sooner than necessary (if you don’t have it inspected or maintained).
5 Special Considerations for Your HVAC During Construction
Some careful consideration and planning can help protect your HVAC equipment from the dust and debris of your home remodeling project.
1.Block it Off.
Dust barriers, such as plastic sheeting, should be used to block off all areas during the construction process. Ensure you protect all air intake areas. These include vents in order to reduce clean-up and ensure a safe, clean environment throughout your home.
2. Purify the Air.
Advanced air purifiers can help capture dangerous particles such as lead and silica dust and keep them out of your home and you HVAC unit. Consider an air cleaning solution for your next upcoming home project.
3. Close it Up. Clean it Up. Change it Up.
Before remodeling begins, close the registers and vents in the construction area. Then clean the area frequently and change the air filter before and after the remodeling process. This will not only ensure the best filtration of dust and debris but also protect against allergic reactions.
4. Upgrade Power Tools.
Advanced power tools incorporate dust extractor technologies that reduce the number of particulates that get released into the air. Some even claim to remove up to 90 percent of dust at the point of origin which can protect your HVAC during construction and renovation projects.
5. Inspect Your HVAC.
When your project is complete, inspect the HVAC system for any dust. Dust can wreak havoc on your equipment, as well as, your health. If you suspect dust has invaded your unit, give Point Bay Fuel a call to schedule a thorough inspection and cleaning.
At Point Bay Fuel, our goal is to help New Jersey customers learn more about home comfort and saving energy so they can live in a healthier, energy-efficient home. Contact us at (732) 349-5059 or online to learn more.