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My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Three Things You Should Do Before Opening Up An Air Duct Grille In A Room

by Rita Richardson

Whether you want to push an automatic air brush through the duct or just want to change out the filter, it's necessary every once in awhile to remove (and hopefully clean) the air duct grilles in your home's various rooms. But with all the dust that will fall off a dirty air duct grille when you move it, it's not a good idea to start until you've taken some precautions. Specifically, consider these three things you should do before opening up an air duct grille in a room.

Place Towels Or A Bed Sheet Over Any Exposed Carpet

Since it's significantly harder to clean dust out of a carpet than it is to clean it off of a hardwood floor, it's a good idea to leave no part of one exposed when you're removing the grille. Covering the carpet with thick towels is best because they don't have a tendency to move around on the floor very much when you walk on them. If you have to use a bed sheet or a thin plastic tarp to cover your carpet, use books from a bookshelf to weigh it down so that it doesn't go anywhere.

Cover Up Beds And Furniture With Plastic Sheets

If the furniture pieces in the room are too large to remove easily, covering them up with plastic sheets is the next best thing you can do. You can use the legs of the furniture as anchor points instead of relying on special weights.

To ensure that the plastic on a chair or bed is tight enough, sit down on the furniture piece and see whether the plastic still clings to the fabric tightly. If it moves around too much, get up and pull on the plastic from different angles until you get rid of all the creases.

Disconnect Electronic Equipment And Loosely Cover The Outlets

It's also a good idea to either remove or cover up any large pieces of electronic equipment in the room. Additionally, to ensure that dust doesn't stick to either electrical wiring or the outlets the wires are connected to, put all the wires in a plastic bag and lightly cover the outlets with fabric or plastic sheets. You can keep the sheets steady with pieces of scotch tape you install on the wall over the outlets.

If you don't have enough material to cover everything, you should at least shut off all your electronics well before you start working. This will ensure that no static comes out of them and attracts dust from the air.