How to keep your indoor air clean during a renovation – 5 steps to protect your health and air quality

Michael Rubino

June 18

Renovations can have a serious impact on your indoor air quality. Here are five steps you can take to safeguard your home.

When working on something as big as a home renovation, being surrounded by mess is unavoidable. This mess is usually a result of all the sanding, grinding, demolishing, and drilling, spreading dust across your home in the process.

This dust can then become airborne, worsening your air quality and potentially damaging your health. To avoid this during a home renovation, you'll need to take a few steps to keep your indoor air clean.

Along with the best air purifiers, there are plenty of ways to protect your air quality amid a hefty home reno. Read on for our step-by-step guide.


First things first: turn off your HVAC system. It's easy to assume that our HVACs can filter out all the airborne dust, but it can damage your system.

'Turn the HVAC off when possible to prevent dust from accumulating inside the HVAC unit, leading to damage or increased potential for microbial growth,' explains Michael Rubino, mold and air quality expert and founder of HomeCleanse.

'If running the HVAC is a must, install the highest-rated MERV filters the unit can handle to prevent dust accumulation and change the filters often,' he emphasizes, adding that 'once they are caked in dust, they no longer work as well to filter out particles.'

If you must keep your HVAC on, you can find high-quality MERV filters at Home Depot.

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