Like it or not, summer vacation is coming to a close and a new school year is just around the corner. There is a lot of excitement as families tackle back to school preparations. During this chaotic time, it’s important to remember that your home’s cooling system has had a rough couple of months and probably needs some attention, too.
We will get to some easy-to-handle HVAC seasonal maintenance advice in this blog, but first, here a few tips for getting the new school year off to a smooth beginning:
- Get to know your kids’ teachers. Schedule a meeting with school staff before the first day of classes. This will help you establish an open-communication relationship.
- Make sure immunization records are current. Many schools require detailed immunization records for entry. Also, schedule physical examinations with your doctor if your kids plan to participate in athletics.
- Shop smart when stocking up on school supplies and clothes. Many states have sales tax-free days in August, so plan on taking advantage of that and other savings opportunities.
- Make sure your kids get plenty of rest. Everyone knows a good night’s sleep is key to a successful school day, but how much is enough? Preschoolers require 11-12 hours of sleep, school-age children need at least 10 hours, while teens need 9-10 hours per night.
Now that we have looked at a few tips to help your family ease into the new school year, it’s a good time to think about air conditioning and heating system maintenance. Seasonal maintenance performed on your home’s air conditioning and heating system is smart for many reasons. First, it can lead to detection and prevention of potentially costly repairs. Second, making sure your HVAC system is clean, charged and operating at peak efficiency will not only help keep your utility costs down, but it will also contribute to good indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home. IAQ is an important factor in maintaining overall good health as fall allergies attack and can also help eliminate any germs that inevitably make their way from the classroom into your home. A new air filter is a must-do on the maintenance list: change it regularly. For even greater IAQ control, consider a whole-home air filtration system, which provides continuous air filtration throughout your home.
Be proactive and prepared for the change of seasons. Call the HVAC and IAQ professionals at Sanborn’s to schedule a back-to-school tune-up today.