Saturday, December 29, 2012

The changing of the furnace filters

Basic maintenance of a home sometimes gets forgotten when living in an apartment.

I spent half a day on Christmas dusting and vaccuming.  It occured to me that the filters hadn't been changed since maybe a year ago.  I realized it when I saw just how dusty the place gets very quickly.


Its recommended that filters are changed every three months.  If you have not done it before, they're really cheap (usually around a dollar a piece) and will help you have a cleaner environment.  The dumber part in my case... is that Ridgepointe provides replacements for free.  I just have to go to the office to request new ones.

Hopefully it'll get dusty in here a little more slowly now.

UPDATE - 12/30 at 2 a.m.:  One of the problems the heat/air conditioning has had for about a year is a random and rather loud rattling.  I discovered when I changed the filters that there is a little metal tube that had wiring inside of it, and it was positioned in a way that it rested on one of the filters.  A little screwdriver magic to reposition it and the unit hasn't rattled the rest of the day.  I'm a freakin' genius.

Clean furnace filters

Dirty furnace filters
These stopped trapping new dust a long long time ago... in a galaxy far far, away.