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Weekly Maintenance for your Home

March – Week 09

Just like preventative maintenance on your car, if you take care of a few small items around the house every week, you can avoid many emergency breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Filters

I know you don't want to hear this again, so let me tell you something new... Yes it is time for that monthly filter check-up, unless you have determined by now that your filters don't need changing every month. Every house has a different dust load. Many accordion type filters, called pleated filters, are made to last two and three months between changes. What is important is that you recognise that your furnace filters are important both for the quality of air in your house and to keep your heating bills in line. Yes, dirty filters increase your heating costs. Find the right change frequency for your house, and stick to it.

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But today I want to introduce you to the idea of killing germs as well as filtering dust. Dirty filters will actually collect, but not kill germs and some filters can even breed more germs. Electronic air filters, through their high electrical charges, tend to reduce the presence of airborne germs. Certainly they are more work to keep clean than throw-away filters, but they do more than just collect dust. Today you can also find UV lamps that you can install inside the ductwork of your furnace that will work to kill germs as they flow through the system. We've always known that furnace filters can catch dust and pollen and that they can add humidity to a house, but more and more furnaces are being equipped with devices that actually help to reduce the spread of cold germs and other micro-organisms. Any of these can be retrofitted onto existing systems, some of them very easily.

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