At long last spring has arrived. The bitter cold has passed (mostly) and it is time to enjoy the sun and warmth. We can’t let this time pass without offering maintenance suggestions for around the home. Some of the most critical home maintenance tips involve filters. Without regular maintenance of household filters, you can see a drop in system efficiency (such is the case in home furnaces), an increase in indoor air pollution and a decline in water quality. Yes, filters are that important. We want you to avoid shelling out extra money in unnecessary repairs and even hospital visits, so take a look at some critical spring maintenance suggestions for your home.
Replace your Furnace Air Filters:
Furnace Air filters should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on the conditions where you live and your indoor air quality. With the proper furnace filter, you will be able to reduce harmful airborne contaminants in your home such as dirt, dust and various airborne allergens. By filtering out harmful air pollutants, you and your family will breathe cleaner, thus limiting respiratory side effects (such as allergy flare ups) that indoor air pollution can cause. By not replacing your furnace filter regularly, you are doing your home furnace system a huge disservice and will drastically reduce its life expectancy. For information on which air filter you should choose, see Three Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Air Filter. We offer a complete line of furnace air filters that will provide you with the best indoor air quality for you and your family.
Replace your Refrigerator Water Filters:
Refrigerator Water Filters deliver refreshingly clean and cold water to your home. By removing chlorine, tastes, odors, lead and more you are getting healthy water directly from your refrigerator. In addition, Refrigerator water filters provide clean ice so that any drinks you serve will be free of flavors. By regularly replacing your filter, you are ensuring superior water quality for everyone in your home. Your choice of refrigerator filter depends on which filter is compatible with your home refrigerator. To assess compatibility, consult your owner’s manual or take a look at the model number on your existing refrigerator filter. After you have found the correct replacement filter for your refrigerator, browse through our complete assortment of refrigerator water filters.
Replace the filters in your Air Purifier:
Air Purifiers help “purify” the air in your home by reducing indoor allergens and other airborne contaminants. In addition to having a furnace filter installed, having an air purifier is one of the most important steps you can take to clean up indoor air. Failure to regularly change your filter will result in reduced efficiency and eventual failure of the air purifier. Replacing the filter varies for different makes and brands so be sure to consult your owners manual. Once you find your correct filter replacement, browse through our website to place your order.
If you don’t own an air purifier, now is the perfect time to order one for allergy and asthma relief. We suggest the Germ Defense 3-in-1 Table Top Air Cleaning System for its compact size and effectiveness in reducing indoor allergens. The 3-in-1 Table Top Air Cleaning System captures 99.97% of allergens while killing or reducing odors, germs and mold spores. This air cleaning system is ideal for households and offices.
Change the Battery in Your Smoke Alarm:
They may not include filters, but one of the most important fire safety devices for the home is the smoke alarm. This is an opportune time to change the batteries in the alarm (and your carbon monoxide detector too, if you have one). It is also recommended that you test your smoke alarm while changing the batteries. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and many include a test button that checks the entire alarm system when you push it. Ensuring that your smoke alarm works properly is, quite honestly, the difference between life and death.
Remember to check your roof and around vents for leaks and repair as necessary. Be sure to have your heating system serviced and check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s). For ways you can conserve energy during the spring months, view our suggestions in Energy Conserving Tips for “Fall Back” Savings.