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6 Important Reasons to Consider HVAC When Renovating

Improving your home is one of the best feelings available to homeowners. Here in Northern Colorado, where property values seem to only surge upward, a renovation to improve your property can also pay exponential dividends down the line or save you from the hassle of upgrading your home prematurely.

It’s no surprise that many local homeowners choose to renovate their homes at some point. With all-time-low interest rates driving more mortgage refinancing-based home improvement projects than ever, now is a great time to consider a renovation.

If this sounds like you, just be sure to remember these 6 critical aspects surrounding your home’s HVAC amidst the project.

1 – Added Square Footage May Require Extra HVAC

Perhaps the most obvious and important aspect HVAC plays in renovations surrounds an addition to the home. After all, very few homeowners will want to add square footage to their homes in this part of the country without heating and cooling factored in. If you want to add the most value per new square footage to your home, it is almost a must to include new HVAC in the plans.

This could mean upgrading your current system by adding extra furnace or air conditioning units at the most, expanding ductwork to the new area at the least, and just about everything in between based on the scope of your HVAC system and the renovation project.

If you’re adding any square footage to your home, get in touch with the pros at Lion early to have an expert opinion on the requirements for heating, cooling, and ventilation that will pass inspection and create a great project from day one.

2 – Opening Walls Opens Up Opportunities

From the very first day of demolition work, you’ll likely find surprising things in your home’s walls. It’s not uncommon for contractors and DIY renovators alike to find “surprises” in the walls that could require re-routing or the need address in some other fashion.

In any case, finding something in a wall you didn’t expect during a renovation typically amounts to dollars lost.

However, there’s an incredible opportunity available here as well. This could be the perfect chance to upgrade your home’s ductwork or add-in that extra power outlet near the couch that you’ll be so glad you thought of ahead of time, to name a few.

Additionally, many Northern Colorado homes feature older baseboard or boiler-based heating systems, and a renovation grants the perfect chance to change that out for a central heating and cooling system, which many local homeowners prefer.

Rather than looking at your renovation as the path of least resistance to your initial vision, try to imagine the home you want to live in day-in and day-out and take this opportunity with open access to your home’s structural elements to make that happen!

3 – Consider Replacing Furnace or AC Units

There are very few times that are more convenient to consider upgrading that old furnace or AC unit than when you renovate or remodel your home. Even if your system will not need any upgraded output potential for new square footage, starting your new living space off fresh with a brand-new system may be worth considering.

Scheduling our furnace or air conditioning installation team to come in at the ideal time during your renovation means that you’ll have one less thing to worry about after the renovation concludes.

Additionally, if you’re using low-rate mortgage refinancing to access your home’s equity to fund your project, as many Northern Colorado families are these days, then seizing the chance to start with a new, warrantied furnace and air conditioning unit for your home protects you from unexpected repairs or replacements after the renovation.

4 – Check and Change Air Filters Often — Really Often

Even a minor home renovation — a live-through renovation, for instance — kicks up a ton of dust and debris that your HVAC system is simply not used to or built for taking in. One key place to keep a close eye on anytime your HVAC system runs during or after your renovation is your furnace’s air filter.

You’ll likely notice an immediate difference the first time you check your air filter during the renovation. If your system is running, it is likely that you’ll see thick layers of drywall dust, particles of debris, sawdust, and other unusual contaminants evident on your filters.

Any blockage of a furnace filter can cause your system to overwork, your air quality to go down, and a host of other, potentially expensive, damages. Expect to check your filter every couple of days during and after a renovation and keep a hefty stockpile of clean filters ready to swap out as your system pulls in and works through the dust and debris in your home.

5 – As the Dust Settles, Get the Ducts Cleaned

While duct cleaning is a relatively rare event for most homeowners — often ranging from every 2-4 years based on your living situation — a post-renovation home should get duct cleaning performed almost immediately after construction finishes.

As mentioned above, your air intake vents will collect a ton of dust and debris from your home’s renovation, even if the system isn’t engaged at all until after the renovation concludes.

The fine particles created from cutting, moving, and placing the building elements used in your project creates a unique challenge for your home’s ventilation. You’ll see evidence of this throughout the home: thick layers of dust atop door frames; a white powdery substance on winter coats; ceiling fans that let off a cloud when engaged; etc.

Just imagine how much dust accumulates in your forced-air ventilation system as the air cycles through your home. A single renovation can more than outweigh years of normal wear-and-tear on your ventilation system, especially if left uncleaned long afterward.

With a single duct cleaning from Lion Home Services, your ventilation system will run at full strength and remove the undue burden on your home’s furnace and AC.

6 – Set Up a Maintenance Plan

You’ll continue to see heavy, unusual dust in your furnace filters for quite a while after the construction is over. Rather than worrying about what toll that may be taking on your home’s HVAC systems, it’s best to set up a maintenance plan early and in advance to ensure your home’s furnace, air conditioning, and ventilation are not getting their lifespans cut short as a result of your project.

Trust the team at Lion Home Services to analyze and maintain your home’s HVAC after the renovation. We want you to enjoy your newly-improved home with safe, energy-efficient heating and cooling for years to come!

Contact us to discuss your home’s ideal maintenance plan today!

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Is it Time to Replace Your Furnace?

Replacing your furnace is a significant investment, and we know that many homeowners labor over the decisions. After all, replacing your furnace usually means not doing other work that needs to be done in and around your home. At some point, though, you just need to get it done. Knowing for sure that you will be warm all winter long is worth a lot.

If you’re struggling with this decision, here are some things to think about.

 

How Much are you Spending on Repairs?

While most problems with a furnace can be repaired, at some point you will spend more getting these repairs done than your furnace is worth. In fact, you can spend several times the cost of a new furnace just replacing parts on the old one.

At Lion Home Service, we don’t like to see you waste your money this way. After all, we value your business and we want you to call us back whenever you need us. That’s why we’ll always tell you when we can get you a new furnace for less than what you would spend to repair your current one. The final decision is always yours, but we will tell you what we’d do in your place.

 

Is Your Furnace Dangerous?

At some point, most furnaces become dangerous. If you have let yours go without tune ups for a while or you move into a home where the furnace hasn’t been cared for, there are all kinds of things that can happen. Gas leaks, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning are just a few of the things that can happen.

We don’t want you or your family to suffer any ill effects from your furnace. We’ll let you know if we notice anything potentially dangerous about your furnace, and we’ll tell you what needs to be done to fix it. We always work with the safety of you and your family first and foremost in our minds, so we’ll be sure to tell you if anything hazardous is going on.

 

Is Your Furnace Old?

Most furnaces are made to last 10-20 years. Sure, some end up going a lot longer than that, but you never can tell when yours is going to go out. Many families choose to replace their furnace before it dies, to avoid the frustration and bother of waking up without heat one morning. If you have the means and you like to stay warm, this might be the right choice for you.

When we tune up your furnace, we’ll let you know if we think it’s on its last legs. We’ll tell you what could happen, then we’ll let you decide if it’s time to replace it.

In the end, it’s usually up to you as to whether it’s time to replace your furnace, or whether you want to perform needed repairs, or wait and see what happens. When you call Lion Home Service, know that we will give you all of the relevant information, then let you make the final decision.

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Keep Energy Bills Low this Winter

Nobody likes spending a lot of money on heating. After all, there are a lot of things you want to do, so those dollars can always be spent on something a little more interesting. However, most homeowners don’t really know what they can do that will help.

If this is you, don’t worry. You don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money to keep your home warm and your family cozy this winter. No matter how big your home and how efficient your furnace, here are some good ways to save money on energy.

 

Manage Your Thermostat

Most people want to wake up warm, so they keep the temperature inside their house up all night. However, this doesn’t save money. Instead, get a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. If you’ve got one, start using it.

The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 65 degrees, which is a lot cooler than most people keep their houses overnight. Program your thermostat to go down overnight, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your house warm when you don’t need it. Then, program it to warm back up just before you get out of bed.

You can also save money by turning your thermostat down when you’re not home. If there’s nobody in the house all day, while you’re at work and your kids are at school, program the thermostat lower. Once again, tell it to heat things up right before everyone gets home. You’ll save on energy and still be comfortable at home.

 

Insulate Your Windows

Your home loses heat and lets in cold air through drafts in and around your windows. If you don’t have double or triple paned windows, consider installing them. However, windows can be expensive and not everyone will choose to invest in their home that way.

Even if you don’t get new windows, though, you can always insulate the ones you already have. Most home repair stores sell window kits. These have a film that will stick to your windows and help keep cold air out. It takes a bit of work to figure out how to put the film on, but after that you will lose less energy that way.

Finally, be sure to fill or cover any cracks. Sometimes, you can feel cold air coming in around your windows even though you can’t see a crack or anything else. Fill in the gaps with caulk, or place a blanket or insulating tape around the place where your window meets your wall, until you can’t feel the cold air anymore.

 

Get a New Furnace

If your furnace is old, it’s probably not working efficiently. It surprises many homeowners that they can save money on energy simply by installing a more efficient furnace. If you’re interested, call us today. We’ll help you find the right furnace for your home and get it in, so you can start saving today!