A renovation can give your home a new lease on life, whether it involves adding new spaces or changing up your home's overall layout. But the planned changes can impact more than just your home's visual appeal. These changes also affect how your HVAC system performs year-round. To prevent HVAC performance from being negatively impacted, here's what you should consider throughout the renovation process.
Size Still Matters
For efficiency's sake, HVAC systems are sized according to the amount of space that needs heating and cooling. A system that's too small can't keep up with your home's climate control demands, especially during times of extreme temperatures. A system that's too large will constantly short-cycle, suffer premature wear and tear and rob your home of its overall comfort – all while lightening your wallet in unexpected energy costs.
A home renovation can throw an otherwise perfectly balanced HVAC system out-of-balance. For starters, your current system may not have the capacity to cool the extra space created during the remodel. If your system can handle the extra load, then it may not have the reach needed to cool the new areas. Fortunately, you have a few options at your disposal to fix these problems for good:
- Upgrade your HVAC system – If your current HVAC system lacks the capacity to keep your new spaces comfortable, then consider an upgrade to a new unit. In addition to meeting your heating and cooling needs, the new HVAC system will also use less energy, resulting in lower energy costs year-round.
- Consider HVAC alternatives – Adding a supplemental heating and cooling source, such as a ductless mini-split HVAC unit, can help keep your new spaces comfortable without taxing your existing HVAC system.
- Add extra ductwork – If your current HVAC can shoulder the extra load with ease, then consider extending your system's ductwork to your new spaces. The best time to do this is early in the remodeling phase, before adding new drywall or ceilings.
Pardon Your Dust
A typical home renovation kicks up plenty of dust, much of which can find its way inside of your HVAC system. Once the dust from the renovation settles in your system's vents, ducts and filters, the resulting clogs can literally choke the life from your HVAC unit, resulting in poorer performance and a shorter lifespan. Here are a few things you can do to minimize the effects of dust and debris during the renovation:
- If possible, turn off your HVAC system whenever there's work going on inside your home.
- Arrange for messy tasks such as cutting and sawing to be performed outside.
- Use plastic sheeting to cover vents and separate areas where renovation work takes place.
- Keep your HVAC system as clean as possible and replace its air filters on a frequent basis.
- Have a professional perform a duct cleaning after the renovation is done.
These tips can help preserve your HVAC system throughout the renovation process. Contact a residential AC repair service for more help.