No matter how large or small your home renovation project is, there’s always the danger of compromising indoor air quality. Steps have to be taken to protect the house from pollutants. Here are tips on maintaining indoor air quality while renovating.
Test Your Home
Before renovation, it’s important to have a certified and licensed contractor test your house for dangerous substances that could enter your air. The contractor’s findings will be used to come up with construction techniques that prevent indoor air problems.
Seal Air Ducts
Dust and debris from the construction area can get into the HVAC system and circulate throughout your home. They can also clog the air filter, affecting system efficiency. This can be prevented by sealing vents and air intakes in the work area with heavy duty plastic. Be sure to replace air filters more frequently during renovation.
Isolate the Work Area
Seal off the room you’re renovating to contain pollutants. Place a barrier like heavy plastic sheeting over the room’s doors and openings.
Ventilate the Work Area
Products used during renovation, such as paints, varnishes, coatings, flooring, pressed wood products and wall coverings, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which off-gas over time. VOCs can cause symptoms like drowsiness, headaches, and irritation of the eye, nose and throat. To get rid of VOCs, dust and other contaminants, make sure the work area is properly ventilated. Set a box fan in a window to suck contaminated air from the room to the outdoors and create a pressure barrier that will prevent air in the work area from moving to the rest of your house.
Store Materials Appropriately
Store renovation materials and equipment in well-ventilated areas that aren’t near HVAC equipment. The HVAC system can circulate the odors and vapor contaminants they release throughout your home.
These simple measures are effective at keeping pollutants to a minimum and maintaining indoor air quality while renovating. If you have any questions, contact us at Wolff Mechanical. We serve the central Arizona region.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).