Fall Renovations? Don’t Forget to Maintain Your HVAC
Your HVAC system is susceptible to dirt, dust and other debris that can build up inside of it. One challenge is to keep it free from contamination during home renovations and other repair work. This is a fairly easy task to stick to, and it will pay dividends by avoiding any problems with the system or having to call an HVAC professional to fix any problems.
Plan ahead for fall renovations with these simple steps
- A little prep work can go a long way – by coordinating fall renovation plans with your HVAC contractor before starting. Any advice you get at this stage will go a long way in avoiding issues down the road. This often-overlooked step can avoid putting additional wear and tear on your heating and cooling system.
- Avoid using your HVAC system during the hours that the work is actually taking place. Closing off (or covering) your registers will prevent dust from entering your system. Keeping entire rooms (or sections) closed using plastic tarps will also help control the dust from infiltrating and potentially damaging your HVAC system.
- Handling any prep work that tends to be messy (particularly cutting and sanding) should be limited to a “staging area” outside the house. Outdoors or within a garage are excellent places to handle this type of work.
- The work area should also be cleaned constantly (at least daily) in order for preventing dust from traveling from area to area on shoes, clothing and material. Your system’s air filter should be checked (and cleaned, if required) daily, again to keep the entire environment as free from dust and debris as possible.
- Finally, have your entire HVAC system (including the ductwork) inspected once your fall renovations have been completed. This is also an excellent opportunity to have your ductwork cleaned as well.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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