It’s hard to believe, but summer vacation is coming to a close. As families scramble to get ready for a new school year, it’s important to get not only the kids organized, but your home’s heating and air conditioning system, too.
Before we get to HVAC seasonal maintenance, parents can help make the start of the school year a smooth one by taking note of a few handy tips:
- Schedule time with teachers. Establish open dialogue with school staff before the first day of classes.
- Get up-to-date for school sports and inevitable germs. Many schools require immunization records for entry; find out if your kids need any vaccines.
- Shop smart when stocking up on school supplies and clothes. Many states have sales tax holidays in August. Make a list and shop the sales.
- Ease into the school routine. A good night’s sleep is key to a successful school day. Preschoolers need 11-12 hours of sleep a night, school-age children need at least 10 hours, while teens need 9-10 hours.
Back-to-school season is also a great time to get annual maintenance performed on your home’s heating and air conditioning system. Making sure your HVAC system is clean, charged and operating at peak efficiency will not only save you money on utility bills, but also help ensure your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ is important as fall allergies approach and can also help eliminate any germs that make their way into your home as the kids return to classes. Cleaning or changing your system’s air filter is a must-do on the maintenance list. Another option could be a whole-home air filtration system, which is attached to your system and filters all the time.
Call the HVAC and IAQ professionals at Dixie to schedule a back-to-school tune-up today and be prepared for the change of seasons.