Why you need a post-renovation HVAC cleaning
With more time being spent at home these days, many homeowners are opting to take on renovations. Small businesses with facilities are also taking on necessary improvements. Renovations are a fantastic way to improve the comfort, aesthetics, functionality, and resale value of your home or business property. But it’s a complex process and many people experience a sigh of relief after the project is complete. The loud noise and dust everywhere, you know what we’re talking about!
However, the work isn’t complete once you write your contractor the final check or put away the tools. Nearly all renovations bring in residual dust and debris. If hiring contractors, contracting crews don’t always do a great job of cleaning up after themselves. At Hobson Plumbing and Heating, we take pride in ensuring we leave your space just the way we found it.
The problem is, there’s dust and debris in places you can’t see (and won’t be removed by a post-renovation clean up crew). That’s because it’s inside your HVAC system. Its putting your indoor air quality at risk by harboring odors and putting a strain on your heating and air conditioning equipment. Here’s what you can do about it.
3 Important tips for a post-renovation HVAC cleaning
Any renovation puts a huge load on your HVAC system. Renovations throw up a lot of dust and debris in the air, and it ends up going into your ductwork. While that gets dust out of sight, it also drives up your power bill and shortens the life of your HVAC system.
1. Replace or clean HVAC filters
HVAC filters prevent dust and debris from entering your furnace and air conditioning equipment. If you don’t change the filter regularly, grime accumulates on the moving parts, which affects the equipment’s functioning and drives up energy bills. Clogged filters compromise air flow, and they can lead to your coils freezing or your compressor overheating.New HVAC filters ensure optimal indoor air quality. As a general rule of thumb, you should change out your filters every 90 days. If you have pets, asthma, or young children, you may want to change it as frequently as every 6 to 8 weeks.
2. HVAC duct cleaning
Duct cleaning refers to cleaning the different heating and cooling system components of forced air systems. Following a renovation, the dust and debris that coats every surface of your space has also accumulated in your HVAC ducts.
Professional duct cleaning gets rid of dust that can clog the passages, but it does more than that. Duct cleaning improves indoor air quality, gets rid of smells from decomposing paint flakes, as well as other volatile chemicals. It also removes moisture that accumulates in the layer of dust, which is a perfect environment for mold growth. When your equipment doesn’t have to work as hard, it uses less energy and is more efficient. That means lower energy bills for you!
3. Air conditioner coil cleaning
Another place where dust and debris can build up after a renovation is on your air conditioner’s coils, which are essential to your cooling system. Over time, the buildup impairs the air conditioner’s ability to remove heat from your space. It can also affect the airflow, which can result in higher utility bills and costly repairs due to equipment failure. Therefore, coil cleaning should be an integral component of all post-renovation cleaning projects.
At Hobson Plumbing and Heating we take care of these tasks. This way you can enjoy your newly renovated space without worrying about odors, breathing construction debris, or unexpected HVAC repair bills due to equipment damage.
When it comes to your HVAC equipment, maintenance matters. Because it’s hidden away out of sight, you can’t see what’s happening to it over time when maintenance is neglected. But you pay the price with higher energy bills, poor comfort conditions, and more frequent breakdowns and repair bills.
Contact Hobson Plumbing and Heating at 630.761.3400 or schedule an appointment for an HVAC cleaning that can help save you from a costly equipment replacement down the road.