It’s a new year and many homeowners in Orange County, Anaheim, and surrounding areas are reviewing their budgets for home renovations later this year. Whether you’re thinking of remodeling the bathroom, kitchen, living room, or other space in your home, here are a few steps you should take to protect the HVAC system during home renovations.

  1. Turn off the HVAC system

While you’re removing flooring, tearing down walls, or breaking down drywall, you don’t want AC vents blowing air into the room and stirring up dust. Turn off the HVAC system until you’re down with the messy work. If you must keep it on, check the air filter after you’re done to see if it needs to be replaced. The air filter will become clogged faster than usual with the dust that pollutes the air during remodeling.

  1. Close vents and registers

After you’ve turned off the HVAC system, close vents and registers to keep dust out of the system for the duration of renovations. Use high-powered fans to move dust out of the home through an open window.

  1. Regularly clean the work areas

If the project is going to take a few days or weeks to complete, ask the remodelers to do daily basic cleaning to prevent dust from being tracked into the home. If possible, keep the windows open at night to allow clean air inside the home.

  1. Ensure messy work is done outdoors (when possible)

Woodworking, tile cutting, and other messy work should be done outdoors to reduce the amount of dust brought into the home.

  1. Plan ahead

Before you begin a remodeling project, ask the contractors how much time the project will take and what precautions they’ll take to keep your home as clean as possible. Ask them to cover appliances, furniture, and countertops with plastic sheets before they begin. Consider going away for a few days to protect your family from the dust and contaminants that will be released in the home during remodeling. 

If you have any questions about protecting your HVAC system during remodeling in Orange County, Anaheim, and surrounding areas, give us a call.

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