When you’re renovating your home, there are so many things to keep track of that it can be easy to overlook a renovation’s potential effects on your HVAC system. However, there are things you can do before, during, and after renovation to make sure that your HVAC system continues to function as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Before the renovation begins, think about how it may change your HVAC needs. For instance, if you’re adding significant square footage to your home, your current HVAC system may need to be replaced with a larger one. An undersized HVAC will run inefficiently and won’t be able to keep up with heating and cooling your home. Also, if your renovation will require adding or moving vents, you’ll need to bring in a licensed HVAC technician to make sure they’re configured correctly. Don’t count on your general contractor for this!
During the renovation, you need to protect your HVAC system from dust and debris. Turn off your HVAC while work is going on—especially demolition work—so that dust and dirt won’t get circulated through the system. Using plastic tarps to isolate the area where work is being done can also help to keep dust contained. You may need to change your air intake filter more often than usual as well, so check it regularly.
After the renovation is complete, make sure your HVAC’s clean-up is done, too. Change out the air intake filter immediately to give it a fresh start. It’s a good idea to have a licensed HVAC technician inspect your HVAC unit and your ducts, and clean them if necessary. HVAC units can get filled with debris from home renovation—we’ve seen it! That debris will not only make the HVAC less efficient, but it can substantially shorten the system’s lifespan. Having it inspected and cleaned can save you money in the long-run and help to ensure your family stays comfortable in your newly-renovated home!