Making improvements to your home is a smart investment. If installing a new floor is on your budget, make sure you consider the effect it will have on your air conditioning system. You need to take various precautions to protect your AC when installing a new floor. This is because debris may end up inside your vents, thus contaminating the air that comes out of the unit.
To avoid unnecessary repairs after investing in a new floor, consider the following safety precautions.
1. Cover all vents to prevent contaminated air
The first step you should take is to cover up your vents while renovations are being done. Removing your old floors will likely produce lots of dirt and debris from the subfloor.
Because these particles can flow freely inside your ductwork and cause blockages, make sure your vents are fully covered. You may also consider adding a damp towel on top of each covered vent. The towel will prevent any small debris particles from making their way inside your ductwork.
In case you forgot to properly cover all your vents, make sure you have the ducts professionally cleaned after your new floor is in place.
2. Keep the unit turned off during floor installation
If possible, you should turn off your central air conditioning unit when renovation work is being done. Turning off your unit is important because it will prevent unnecessarily high costs from open doorways and windows. While your new floor is being installed, you may need to keep windows and doors open to limit contaminated air.
If your AC were to keep running, you would incur high costs after repairs are complete. If your new floor is being installed during hot weather, consider purchasing a standalone unit to remain cool while in the home.
3. Clean the floor regularly as work is being done
The biggest risk to your home's AC system during renovation is dirt and debris. Therefore, encourage your contractor to keep the working area clean at all times.
Once the tear out your old flooring, they should haul away unusable items for disposal and keep the working area clean. This will reduce the likelihood of your ductwork becoming heavily soiled.
4. Have the unit professional inspected once your new floor is installed
After your new floor is in place, make sure an HVAC contractor inspects your unit for any potential damages. Taking a proactive approach will prevent unexpected issues down the road.
For more information, reach out to an HVAC contractor who offers services on ducted air conditioning systems.
Welcome to my blog which covers a wide range of HVAC topics. I'm Josh and I live in Perth, Australia. I never really used to think about the HVAC system in my home. I believed that when it was hot the HVAC system would cool me down and when it was cold it would warm my house up. However, all that changed one day when the HVAC system went crazy. It began to blow hot air into my house on the warmest day of the year. The contractor I called out said that one of the sensors had broken. He explained how I could better maintain my HVAC system so I decided to start this blog.