During a major renovation, dust and other debris can find its way into your home's HVAC system. The buildup could lead to a malfunctioning system and costly repairs. Before you start on your renovation, here are some steps you can take to protect your HVAC system.  

Close the Registers

One of the easiest ways for dust to find its way into your system is through the registers. When this occurs, the dust can settle into your ducts, and, once you turn on the system, it can be spread throughout the home and clog the rest of your system.  

To prevent this, take the time to close the registers in the area in which you are working. Other vents that are located in the area need to be covered, too.  

Isolate the Work Area

Closing the registers in the work area does not guarantee that the dust won't get into your system through another entry point. However, isolating the work area from the rest of the home can help.  

To isolate the space, hang plastic tarps over the entry point to the room. Use tape to secure it. Before walking in and out of the room, allow some of the dust to settle. Try to keep the room sealed off until the project is complete.  

Take the Messy Work Outside

If possible, do the messiest parts of the remodeling outside or in the garage. For instance, instead of cutting wood indoors, take it to the garage. By doing the work outside, you are increasing the chances of keeping your HVAC system free of sawdust and other debris.  

It is important to note that you have to be mindful of the outdoor HVAC equipment—it can also be impacted by the debris. Try to set up your outdoor workstation away from the equipment.  

Change the Filter

The filter is one of the first defenses you have against remodeling debris. The dust that does end up in your system will be trapped by the filter. Throughout the construction, the filter can quickly clog up.  

Before the project starts, change out the filter to make sure there is ample protection for your system. Once the remodeling is complete, change it again.  

Consult with an HVAC contractor at a company like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. to learn other ways you can protect your system. The contractor can also inspect your system once the remodeling is complete to ensure there is no damage to it.