My husband and I recently tackled a huge remodeling project.
We tore our kitchen out completely.
We removed all of the cupboards, light fixtures and appliances and took the walls and ceilings down to the bare studs. Our new design required us to move the plumbing to relocate the sink, and we wanted to upgrade all the electrical wires to meet code. We installed a new refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave and sink. We added new cupboards with a granite countertop and recessed lighting. The renovations took us several months to complete. It was extremely inconvenient living without access to a working kitchen. Plus, every stage of the process created so much dust and debris. The tear down was filthy. Once we finished the drywall, mudding and sanding caused excessive dust. Although we tried to keep plastic over the doorways, the filth went everywhere. Although we waited to start the project until the end of August, the weather was unusually hot and humid. We went without air conditioning the whole time to prevent contaminants from getting inside the ductwork. We opened windows and took advantage of natural ventilation and made sure to cover all of the supply vents in the kitchen. We still had problems with the cooling system once we started it back up again. We noticed that the cooling system wasn’t supplying as much air as normal and making a lot of noise. I changed the air filter several times right in a row, and it was always clogged and dirty. We ended up scheduling an appointment with a licensed HVAC contractor for a complete air conditioner service, including duct system cleaning.