Most of summer is now in the rearview mirror and that means the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. As families scramble to get the kids prepared to head back to school, it’s important to remember that now is a good time to make sure your home’s heating and cooling system is ready for the upcoming change of seasons.
We will talk about some simple HVAC seasonal maintenance, but first here are some handy tips to help parents make the start of a new school year a smooth one:
- Schedule one-on-one time with your kids’ teachers. Establishing open dialogue with school staff before classes begin will help keep communication lines open all year long.
- Get health records up-to-date. The majority of schools require current immunization records in order to enroll; make sure your kids are up-to-date on all vaccines.
- Watch for sales and bargains when stocking up on school supplies and clothes. Many states have sales tax-free holidays prior to the beginning of school. This is a good time to make a list and shop the sales.
- Make sure to adjust the kids’ sleep patterns. Summer means the kids get to sleep in and it’s important to ease them back into the early-morning routine. A good night’s sleep is key: preschoolers need 11-12 hours of sleep a night, school-age children require at least 10 hours, and teenagers should get 9-10 hours.
OK, so the kids are pretty much ready to start the new year….. Is your HVAC system? Back-to-school season is a great time to get annual maintenance performed on your home’s air conditioner and heat systems. Ensuring your HVAC system is cleaned, charged and tuned up will help it operate properly and efficiently and save you money on utility bills. More importantly. It will contribute to your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Superb IAQ can help your family battle fall allergies and can also help ward off the plethora of inevitable germs that like to accompany your kids home from school. Cleaning or changing your system’s air filter is also a must-do on a maintenance list. Another option could be a whole-home air filtration system, which provides round-the-clock air filtration in your home.
Be prepared and call the HVAC and IAQ professionals at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to schedule a back-to-school tune-up today.