There are many things to consider during a home renovation: budget, contractors, timeline and picking out furnishings. Often, people overlook how demolition and construction can impact their home’s heating and cooling system. Make sure to take some precautions during any remodel to prevent furnace damage that could cause expensive heating repair bills later on.
Dust and Debris
One of the biggest challenges during a home renovation is limiting the amount of dust and debris that makes its way to your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. To prevent extensive furnace damage, take some steps to limit the amount of contaminants that enter the system.
- If possible, turn off the furnace while work is being done and close vents. Just remember that you shouldn’t close off vents and registers if the furnace is running as it can cause problems with airflow and even damage the furnace.
- Replace the furnace filter often. Usually, we recommend that homeowners check their filters monthly and replace as needed, but during a home renovation, you’ll want to check your filter more often.
- Try to keep on top of dust and debris in your home. Vacuuming, dusting and mopping will help decrease the amount of contaminants in your home and lessen the chance that debris will end up in your heating system.
Have an HVAC Plan
If you’re adding new living spaces as part of your remodel, make sure the existing HVAC system and ductwork can accommodate the changes. Also, be sure your contractor takes into account where your ductwork is and has a plan to remodel around it.
Dust and debris are some of the biggest threats to your heating system during a home renovation—always take the necessary precautions to prevent furnace damage. If you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact a professional heating company with any questions or concerns.
Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has been Ottawa’s leading home comfort specialists since 1994. We are a family owned and operated local business and all of our installers and technicians are fully licensed.
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