August 25, 2013

Take Care of Your Home and It Will Take Care of You


Filtrete Filter Micro Allergen

As part of an ongoing relationship with Filtrete, I share with you the following information to help you take care of your household systems and breathe clean air. I’ve been a Filtrete filters customer for over 20 years so I fell pretty good about telling you about them.

One thing that totally grosses me out is seeing air filter grates caked over with dust and ick. Seriously, ask my dentist. Why my dentist? Well, several years ago she changed offices. At my visit she flung me back in the dental chair and I’m staring up at the ceiling. Actually, I’m staring at the A/C return. And it’s guh-ross!

She could tell in my eyes that something’s going on so she stops to ask if I’m OK. I go on to explain that it’s grossing me out that I have my mouth wide open and this giant dusty and dirty thing is hanging over my face. She had no clue what I was talking about so I asked her to get in the dental chair and look up.

And since that day over 10 years ago, every time I go in to see her she makes sure she has cleaned the air returns and puts in new filters. I count that as a win. And over the years I’ve heard her tell different stories about how that one moment made her more aware of taking care of her air conditioner at the office and home.

For me, it was growing up with a grandfather who kept meticulous notes and put everything on a master calendar that helped me become the stickler I am. 40+ years in the military will do that to some people, I guess. But it was my grandpa who put me on this path to near-OCD status of making sure the air conditioner filter was changed.

Summer is a time when many of us run our air conditioners much more than usual. For some the air conditioner will be turned off soon, mine will be on for several more months. And I have a heat pump so my filters work for both the air conditioner and the heater. So even though my A/C has been running all summer, it won’t really get a break for too long.

Monsoon PhoenixThe weather radars are already sending out warning for Monsoon season. For me, that mean a house full of dust. Summer may be hot, but Monsoon season means lots of dirt and dust kicking up and allergies in full swing.

With school back in session it was a reminder to change the air filter. For Monsoon season I use the Micro Allergen Reduction Filter. With all the in and out of being BabyGirl’s personal taxi driver, I need the A/C filter to grab all the dust and junk brought in from the outside. I’ve had one sinus infection in my life and it was horrible. I don’t ever want to have one again. So part of my defense if making sure the air in my home is as clean as possible. Seriously, if you don’t remember the last time you changed your filters or it’s been more than 3 months you need to do it ASAP. If you’re not sure where to get one, check out

While you’re at it, check the fire extinguisher (you have one right?) to make sure it’s still valid and in working order. And don’t forget the smoke detectors. I forget to change the batteries on these and, invariably, one starts chirping at 3am. Of course these things are 12 feet off the ground so in my sleepy state I’m whacking at the thing with a broom handle hoping to quite it and not have to go to the garage for the ladder. I’m sure you’ve never had to do that …

And while you’re checking things, Trusted HGTV Contractor Mike Holmes recommends these tasks that can each be completed in 20 minutes or less!

  • Hot water heaters: Set hot water heaters at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to avoid potential scalding.
  • Stove: Remove and wash stove grates, burners and coils with warm water and soap. Over time, grease can build up around the stove, increasing the chances of a fire.

To help you keep your house in tip-top shape, sign up for the Filtrete newsletter and receive helpful tips and information right to your inbox. You can also set up reminders for your air filter! If you’re on Facebook, you can like Filtrete on Facebook to get reminders and information right in your stream. And you can do like I do and follow Filtrete on Twitter.

I realize I’m probably not the norm when it comes to changing out air filters, but I know that I’d rather spend what amounts to a few bucks a month on a good filter than pay hundreds to have the A/C repair guy out. So, do yourself a favor and change your air filters to keep your A/C running at its best and keep your allergies at bay.

When was the last time you changed your home A/C air filters? Now might be the time!

Disclosure: I have been provided several complimentary Filtrete air filters by 3M to share my experience with this brand of air filters. All thoughts and opinions are mine, and may not reflect the views of any organizations listed. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this compensation. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Why do I put these disclosures in my posts? Besides being a lawyer and writing about this stuff, they’re required by consumer protection laws and you deserve to know.



Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

OK – I’m glad I’m not the only crazy one that has an alarm set for every three months 🙂

Sara August 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Kate, I knew we were meant to be friends!

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