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

Sep 16, 2022 | Air Filter, Air purifier, Back-to-school, Blog, Centerville, Fall, Fall preparation, HVAC, iWave-R, OH, Thermostat, Viruses

Back-to-school season has checked-in in Ohio! This is the time of the year that gets super busy for many people. There’s back-to-school shopping, all kinds of preparations, and a lot of organizing and game-planning involved to make for a smooth transition into the new school year. If you have school-aged children, kids in college, or perhaps you are just gearing up for your daily commute to work, the fall season during the first weeks of the school year is generally a bit chaotic with everyone adjusting to a new schedule. So, Centerville Heating & Cooling wants to ensure you don’t have the extra unnecessary stress if your HVAC system suddenly stopped working out of nowhere. Read the following so you can equip yourself with the necessary steps for preparing your HVAC system for back-to-school. 

Have You Cleaned the Condensation Drain?  

Air conditioner systems are known for producing condensation from performing their job of creating cool air. To rectify this issue and not spark condensation chaos, air condition systems have a condensation drain included as a part of the system. This drain is set up to direct the condensation droplets away from the unit where they cannot cause harm. But bear in mind – moisture allows for the ideal environment in which mold and mildew can grow. So, by this rule, the condensation drain is prone to mold, mildew, and algae growth. Therefore, since the summer season is now over, your furnace will now be taking over and jumping into position this season. So, ultimately this means it’s time to check the condensation drain and clean it if necessary. You can accomplish this by pouring a solution of bleach and water down the drain. This mixture is a surefire way to eliminate and prevent bacteria mold from growing. It will also aid in clearing the drain of any loose particles and dust buildup.  

Have You Cleaned the Area Surrounding the Compressor?  

Your compressor, which is located outside, is liable to have weeds and plant growth sprouting around the unit. As a result, our NATE-certified technicians suggest that you keep the vicinity of the compressor clear from vegetation and any outdoor items that could create obstructions and problems for your system. However, it’s possible that weeds and overgrowth may have grown toward the end of the summer season. Therefore, it would be wise to inspect the area around the compressor’s vicinity to confirm nothing is growing or obstructing the system from functioning properly. You can remove any weeds, loose leaves, or debris in the surrounding area. In addition, any outdoor items should be kept several feet away from the compressor.  

Have You Changed the Air Filter on Your Unit?  

If you are a seasoned homeowner, you likely know how important it is to keep your air filter clean and changed every 1-2 months. Unfortunately, clogged air filters can reduce your system’s efficiency. This can lead to expensive repairs and higher monthly energy bills. In addition, a dirty air filter can also create further issues for your system. Furthermore, your HVAC system’s lifespan may be reduced in the process, so you may end up looking for replacement options a lot sooner than you initially planned.   

Did You Schedule Your Fall Maintenance Check with Us?  

Don’t let your furnace’s fall tune-up & safety check sneak past you during this busy time of seasonal transition! Preventative maintenance truly goes a long way in maximizing your HVAC system’s lifespan. Just as you bring your vehicle into the auto shop to be checked regularly, you should also do the same for your furnace. With the warm months over, you will need to start heavily utilizing your furnace in the near future. Therefore, it’s essential to have a licensed technician inspect your furnace and confirm everything is running as it should be and in line with current safety regulations. So, don’t delay; contact us today, and we will be sure to get you taken care of!  

Please, bear in mind that preventative maintenance is something we highly encourage! It goes a long way in keeping your HVAC system running smoothly. Our NATE-certified technicians are trained in how to identify underlying issues and address them before they become larger issues. So, call Centerville Heating & Cooling, and let us show you our excellent customer service. Call us at (937) 353-1169, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We wish you a smooth and joyful back-to-school season!