Summer vacation is winding down and that means a new school year looms on the horizon. It’s a busy time and it’s important to get not only the kids organized, but your home, too. A big part of that is making sure your home’s heating and air conditioning system is ready for fall and winter.
Before we get to some simple HVAC seasonal maintenance, parents can launch the start of the school year smoothly one by taking note of a few handy tips:
- Schedule time with teachers. Communicate with school teachers and support staff before the first day of classes.
- Get medical records up-to-date. Many schools require immunization records for enrollment; find out if your kids need any vaccines. Also, physicals are usually required for your kids to take part in athletics.
- Look for sales when stocking up on school supplies and clothes. Make a thorough list and do a little bargain hunting.
- Adequate rest is the key. A good night’s sleep is important for school day success. Studies show preschoolers need 11-12 hours of sleep per night, school-age children require at least 10 hours, and teenagers should get 9-10 hours.
Once the kids are prepped for a new school year, it’s time to get annual maintenance performed on your home’s heating and air conditioning system. After some tough summer months, your HVAC system needs to be cleaned and charged. This will keep your system operating at peak efficiency and save you money on utility bills. It can also help ensure your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ is important to note as the fall allergy season approaches and can also help battle any germs/viruses that accompany your kids from the classroom back home. Cleaning or changing your system’s air filter is at the top of the maintenance list. Another clean-air option could be a whole-home air filtration system, which is attached to your heating and cooling system and provides round-the-clock air filtration.
Call the HVAC and IAQ professionals at General Air Conditioning & Plumbing to schedule a back-to-school tune-up today and be prepared for the change of seasons.