How Can You Prepare Your HVAC System For Back To School?    

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As the new school year approaches, many parents are concerned about all the preparations that must be made. Back-to-school shopping, organizing, and game-planning are all required to make for a seamless shift into the new school year. We understand how chaotic and unpredictable the start of the school year is for most families. Children are starting at new schools, parents are driving their children to school in the early morning hours and then commuting to work, and everyone is attempting to reestablish a good routine. So, that you don’t have to worry about your HVAC system giving out on you during one of the busiest times of the fall season, Circleville Heating & Cooling wants to make sure your HVAC system stays working properly. So, what can you do to prepare your HVAC system for the back-to-school season? Keep reading to find out! 

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned the Condensation Drain?   

Condensation happens when a central air conditioner’s primary function of delivering cold air causes moisture to build up. To address the problem and prevent future condensation problems, air conditioner systems include a condensation drain as part of the system. This drain is meant to divert the condensation droplets away from the equipment so they can’t harm it. Keep in mind, though, that dampness invites mold and mildew to grow. So, it’s a good idea to check your own condensation drain. 

With us currently launching into the colder months, your furnace will now take over and begin performing its purpose to keep your home nice and warm during the next several months. This indicates it’s time to clean out the condensation drain with the summer season behind us. Pouring a solution of bleach and water down the drain is an effective way to remove and prevent bacteria mold from developing. It will also aid in cleaning any blockages or particles in the drains. 

When Was the Last Time You Cleared the Area Surrounding the Compressor?    

Weeds and other plant growth near your compressor are more common than you might think, but they can actually cause problems with your outdoor unit. Our team of NATE-certified technicians recommends keeping the area clear of vegetation and any obtrusive outdoor items. However, at the end of summertime, it’s possible that weeds have already grown without you noticing because of the change in seasons. Even so, it would be good to inspect the area around your compressor! Any weeds, fallen leaves, or garbage in the immediate vicinity may be eradicated. Furthermore, any outdoor items should be kept at least several feet away from the equipment. 

When Was the Last Time You Changed the Air Filter?    

Homeowners who have lived in their homes for a while know how important it is to frequently clean or replace air filters. A clogged filter not only reduces the efficacy of your HVAC system but also causes more expensive repairs and higher energy bills down the line. In fact, a dirty air filter can shorten the lifespan of your entire HVAC system because it may lead to issues like short cycling. This may end up meaning you will have to start looking for replacement options sooner than you thought.   

When Was the Last Time You Had Your Furnace Serviced?    

Remember to schedule a tune-up & safety check for your furnace as the weather changes! Just as with your car, preventative maintenance will help optimize its lifespan. An evaluation by an expert is crucial at the beginning of the fall to make sure everything is functioning properly and safely according to current safety standards.  

Keeping up with your seasonal maintenance checks is crucial to practicing preventative maintenance. Our NATE-certified experts are educated in finding underlying concerns and repairing them before they turn into bigger issues. So, if you still need to schedule your fall maintenance check, or perhaps you have another HVAC concern, please give Circleville Heating & Cooling a call and let us show you our great customer service. Call us at (740) 218-5323, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Lastly, we wish you and your family a great and smooth school year!