The summer months always seem to bring out the home remodeler in all of us. Maybe it is the longer days or the accumulation of vacation time but when summer hits, it is hard to resist the urge to begin a major home remodeling project. Before you start that addition, however, it is important to consider how it will impact your air conditioning system.
An Addition May Exceed the Load Capacity of your Current Air Conditioning System
Whenever you add square footage to your home, you add to the load capacity of the HVAC system. Very frequently, a current AC unit was fit to the home size at the time of installation without the intent of covering more area. When this happens, it is easy to exceed the system’s load capacity resulting in ineffective cooling.
The Current Configuration of Vents May Not Serve the Addition Effectively
It is important to remember that an HVAC system is precisely configured to serve the structure at the time of installation. When you add a room or reconfigure walls, the placement and direction of vents may not serve the newly designed space.
Dust and Debris can Damage the System
If you’ve ever been a part of a home renovation, you know that if there is an excess of anything its dust. Some of that dust is so fine that it infiltrates even the smallest cracks to seep into sensitive equipment. There are a lot of components in an HVAC system and many of them can suffer damage when exposed to excessive amounts of dust. This dust could take a toll on the system’s effectiveness or longevity.
Dust Infiltrates Vents and Filters
Another important consideration for your heating and air conditioning system during renovation is that dust can build up in the filters, vents, and registers. Once you turn on the system, the particles become airborne and cause poor indoor air quality.
According to the Census Bureau, nearly one-third of all remodels include major renovations or additions. Talk to a professional about how to protect your HVAC unit, and ensure that your system is adequate, efficient, and configured to your needs.
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