As the season has changed from cool weather to warm weather, we've have already had to fire up our home air conditioner. The first few times you turn it on, there is a peculiar smell that comes out. I'm pretty sure it's the smell of allergens and dust mites getting blown out into our living room so they can take up residence there. I've already extolled the wonders of my Wind Tunnel vacuum cleaner to pick up the dirt and dust that settles so quickly around here. But I often overlook one very important tool in the fight against household yuck.
The home air filter.
Air filters are easily replaceable and fairly inexpensive, and they pay for themselves in allergen capture and air conditioner/furnace efficiency.
And I'm all for anything that reduces my dependence on Benedryl.
Today's Small Thing is to take a look at your air filter(s). They are located in the intake vents in your house. Air filters should be replaced every one to three months for maximum effectiveness. You can purchase them at local home improvement stores or even online. Just make sure you get a product that is designed to work with the type of furnace or air conditioner you have.
For some easy air conditioner maintenance tips, here's a site with some good ideas.
POINTS: 20 for checking out your air filters. When was the last time you replaced/cleaned them? 1999? That's a little too long ago. You get points just for taking a look!
BONUS POINTS: 30 for completing the task sometime this week by replacing them with new ones if they need replacing.
If your filters are in good shape, then take 50 points for being so organized!