Home renovations are hard on the heating and cooling system

Over the years, I’ve been gradually renovating our house.

I target one room at a time because of the huge mess, expense and labor involved.

The projects typically take a couple of months to complete. By the time I’m done, I’m eager to clean my house and get back to normal for a while. No matter how careful I am to contain the debris within the work area, it always spreads throughout the house. It’s also inconvenient to go without a bathroom, bedroom or the kitchen for several months. Every room in the house features very ugly popcorn textured ceilings. They are a huge job to remove. I need to scrape every inch of the ceiling with a putty knife, then coat it in drywall mud and sand it. This part of the renovation project is my least favorite and causes a gigantic amount of mess and dust. I am very careful about covering the heating/cooling vents in the room. I certainly don’t want the dust getting sucked up into the ductwork and contaminating the furnace or air conditioner. However, it’s especially unpleasant to work in a room without access to heating and cooling. Since we don’t have zone control, the whole house is then left without heating or cooling. Sometimes I just adjust the thermostat so that the furnace and air conditioner aren’t working so hard. I tape a plastic bag over the vents in the construction zone and hope for the best. I make sure to schedule maintenance for the air conditioner every spring and the furnace every fall. I know that all of my projects negatively impact performance. I also have the duct system tested. I don’t want to end up replacing the HVAC system prematurely.

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