Back-to-School Home Maintenance

Back-to-School Home MaintenanceBack-to-school signals the beginning of another academic year as well as inevitable changes in the household routine. It also serves as convenient reminder to tend to other tasks like seasonal HVAC upkeep. As the gradual shift away from the summer cooling season begins, air conditioning equipment can be readied for the off-season as the furnace and connected systems like ductwork get routine inspection and maintenance.

Here are five items to work into your back-to-school to-do list:

  • Schedule preventive maintenance. Critical to energy-efficient operation and optimum performance, this should be standard at the outset of the heating and cooling season. A qualified HVAC field technician will perform a thorough inspection plus a list of standard maintenance procedures and safety checks. Make sure you’re starting the new season with a system that’s up to manufacturer’s specs.
  • Replace the air filter. Don’t start a new season with an old, dirty filter. Regular filter changes are vital to sustain proper airflow, one of the most essential factors in cooling/heating performance and efficiency. Buy quality cotton or polyester pleated filters—not the cheap fiberglass versions—with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) around 8.
  • Clear the outdoor unit. Cut back weeds or other vegetation that may have encroached around the outdoor component of the central A/C during the summer growing season. Establish at least two feet of clear space on all sides to ensure adequate airflow into the intake vents.
  • Check the condensate drain pan. It’s the wide, shallow pan situated underneath the indoor air handler. The pan may be wet but should not hold standing water. Water accumulating inside the pan is a sign of a slow or clogged condensate drain that should be cleared by a qualified technician.
  • Have the ductwork inspected. Leaky ducts are a common cause of poor heating/cooling performance and high operating costs. Most residential ductwork leaks as much as 20 percent of conditioned air. If yours hasn’t been checked by an HVAC contractor in recent years, get it done now.

Serving the Wabash Valley since 1922, ask Paitson Bros. about professional preventive maintenance during the back-to-school season.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about fall maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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