It’s back to school time in Burlington,NC— is your HVAC system ready? From packing school lunches, to getting the kids to marching band practice, to last minute errands for school projects—you don’t have time for HVAC maintenance issues. Here are 5 simple tips from our experts at Barber Heating and Air to make sure your heat and air stays running smoothly throughout the school year.

1. Keep the area around your outside unit clean

As fall begins, so does the opportunity for leaves and other debris to clog up your unit. That makes it harder for the system to pull air in. Every week, make sure there’s at least 2 feet of space around your unit. That way, you have a better chance of it working consistently.

2. Replace your air filter

It’s best to replace the air filter every 90 days. When’s the last time you changed yours? If you can’t remember, change it now. It will make the HVAC work better and make sure the air you’re breathing is cleaner, decreasing your chance of getting sick.

3. Seal your ducts

You can use a can of spray expanding foam to seal holes in your home’s pipes and ducts. By doing this, you’ll prevent your HVAC system from working too hard and potentially overheating. This will save you money in the long run.

4. Unclog your condensate drain

Over time, the condensate drain fills up with mold, algae and other kinds of debris. To fix this, use a mixture of bleach and water to unclog the drain. Pour the mixture down the condensate drain on a semiannual basis to prevent a clog in the future.

5. Don’t forget to ask for help

Of course, sometimes there are issues with your HVAC that need a trained hand. Don’t hesitate to contact or request a quote from our expert technicians at Barber Heating and Air. Honestly, before you do anything, it’s a great idea to have someone come by so we can see everything that’s going on with your system. That way, you’ll be totally prepared for what the school year has to throw at you.