Now that the winter is approaching, homeowners are starting to think about how they will fill the void of outdoor entertainment and activity. This is where home remodeling projects, restorations, home improvements, and more come into play. Although highly necessary and lucrative, home maintenance and remodeling can put your HVAC system at risk for damages if you’re not careful. Continue reading to learn a few simple methods to protecting your HVAC system during home remodels and projects.
Remodels, gardening, and other home enhancements are a significant investment in themselves. Allowing your HVAC system to get damaged will incur large repair and replacement costs, on top of the initial costly investment of your home project. To avoid this, simply review some tips for HVAC protection, and reduce your chances of damaging your system during a home remodeling project. Here are some areas to keep an eye on, and methods to avoid damaging your system:
Keep the Unit Off
During all remodeling or gardening projects, you want to be sure your HVAC is turned off. The reason for this has to do with air circulation and air quality. Many projects involve sanding, cutting, drilling, digging, painting, or some other activity that causes airborne particles to release into the air. Everything from sand, chemicals, dirt, and other debris gets circulated through an HVAC system, and subsequently, through the interior of the home. This not only creates an unhealthy indoor air environment, the particles can cause a decline in a system’s performance and efficiency. This leads to increased utility bills and potential HVAC repairs. Not only should an HVAC system be turned off during home projects like these, vents should be closed as well for added protection.
Change Filters More Often
Although the system should be turned off, and the air is not being circulated by this means, there are still other ways for airborne pollutants to circulate into your system. For this reason, it is best to change the air filters multiple times during an interior remodeling project. Walking, movement, and ceiling fans can cause dirt and debris to enter the filters. When the system is turned back on, it can experience clogging or reduced performance. Always change the filters once more at the completion of a home remodeling project.
Take Caution with Tools and Supplies
It is important to keep a watchful eye on tools and supplies, as well as, using precaution with equipment. Things like nails, screws, drill bits, and more can fall into exterior units, causing system malfunctions and other damages. Also, one of the most common items found in home duct work are construction tools. Leaving hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and even soda cans behind can cause problems with air circulation and energy efficiency. When using equipment like lawn mowers and weed trimmers, it is important to be careful around the perimeter of your exterior HVAC unit. Knicks and cuts can cause a unit to be exposed, leading to weather-related deterioration, corrosion, and eventual system decline. Using covers is another great method to preventing accidents like these.