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Weekly Maintenance for your Home

July – Week 30

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.


Wherever air is moving, you will find filters. If you allow those filters to become clogged, the air will not move so well and bacteria can actually build up and grow on the filter itself. That is why every month I talk about filters as part of preventative maintenance. In reality, not all filters need attention every month in every house. It all depends on the filter itself, how much air is going through it and how much pollution there is to be trapped. In dry dusty seasons, you may need to change the filter more often, just as you do with your car filters after spending some time on dirt roads. Check the filters in your ventilation systems, air conditioners and even range hoods.


In the middle of the summer it is a good idea to clean one other filter, that we don't even consider a filter — the window screens. A window screen is supposed to let the air through but not the bugs. It is pretty easy for a screen to stop the bugs, but if it has been dusty outside, you may discover that the screen has significantly clogged up. The easiest way to clean screens is to remove them and shoot them with a garden hose. If you can add a little bit of detergent to that spray, all the better. One tip is to stand them just slightly on one corner to dry. That will drain all the water out of the bottom of the frame.

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