ABCs of Back to School Comfort

It’s time for kids to go back to school, which means packing PB&J sandwiches, mandating¬†early bedtimes (awww, mom), buying armloads of #2 pencils, and falling back into some semblance of a normal routine, albeit a hectic one. As the kids start a new year of learning, it’s time to school the adults on the ABCs of back to school comfort.

A – Always increase the temperature in your home during the day so you use less energy when no one is home. The iComfort programmable thermostat makes it easy to set a moderate temperature, plus, it can be changed at any time during the day, even when you’re not at home, by using a smartphone, PC or tablet.

B – Be vigilant about checking air vents for blockage. Whether your college student is moving to an off-campus apartment or dorm room, make sure furniture, books or other items are far enough away for air to get through.

C – Consider using a small portable air conditioning unit for dorm rooms or apartments. If the college won’t allow traditional AC units due to power restrictions, you may have to supplement with powerful upright or box fans. Bladeless fans are also gaining in popularity.

Bonus lesson – Back to School Driving Tips

D – Don’t Drive Distracted! Remember, no texting and driving. Look out for kids in school crosswalks, especially the ones looking down at their phones. Always stop for bus stop signs, be patient, and slow down. If you have teen drivers, talk to them about texting, and other forms of distracted driving.

Have a safe and comfortable school year!