Remodeling is on the rise. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of homeowners plan to renovate this year, up 26 percent from a year ago, according to a LightStream survey. Homeowners are also investing more on their projects, spending an average of about $9,000, the highest amount since the survey began in 2014.
If have a home renovation or remodeling project on the horizon, don't just dream of the final outcome—remember to take care of your HVAC system. Here are a few ways to plan ahead and protect your HVAC equipment from the inevitable dirt and dust of a renovation.
Temporarily Shut Down Your HVAC
If possible, try not to run your air conditioner or furnace when renovations are underway. You can also close off vents in the area where work is being done and cover them to keep dust from being pulled into your system. However, if you must use your heating or cooling equipment during your remodel, be sure not to close off too many vents at one time. Your Lennox® dealer can also assist if you're looking to make more significant, permanent changes to your HVAC system.
Frequently Clean the Work Area
Don't just let debris and dust collect—be sure to clean up the work area regularly. By doing so, you help prevent dust from the project from being tracked throughout your house. You can also help protect your home's HVAC system by using plastic tarps to divide the renovation area from the rest of your home.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
It's a good idea to change your filter regularly during the project and replace it again when the renovation is complete. Even if a filter doesn't look particularly dirty, it can still have tiny particles that block airflow and strain your HVAC system.
Refine Your Remodel
Whether you're adding a room, updating your garage, or finishing your basement, don't overlook additions that could end up making your remodeling project truly shine and keep your space at the perfect temperature. Mini-splits are a great solution for spaces such as Man Caves, She Sheds, or playhouses where installing or extending ductwork isn't practical. You could also consider adding a mini-split to heat or cool a finished basement, updated attic space or even a converted garage. They seamlessly blend in with any space and allow you to easily control your comfort with a wireless remote. Contact your Lennox® dealer to learn more about mini-split solutions for the spaces in your home.
When you're contemplating what to add and exclude in your home remodeling project, consider the experience of other homeowners. More than a third of homeowners who recently completed a home improvement project say they regret not spending more on the project, according to The Regret Factor Study. If you've been inspired by something you've seen on social media or TV or in a magazine article, look for ways to make it happen for your specific project. Otherwise, instead of enjoying your new space, you may feel the sting of regret.
You have the vision for your remodeling project—talk to your Lennox® dealer to explore all the possibilities for keeping your home comfortable not only during your renovation, but once your new spaces are complete as well.