Air Filters

We just finished the San Antonio Home and Garden Show and I was reminded of little things that really can bother homeowners. I got asked questions from dirty grout, to security and AC Filters to name a few. Even in the store we have customers that really wrestle with buying a pleated filter versus a furnace filter. Furnace filters do keep out big particles in the air like dirt and dust but to be effective they must be switched out every 30 days. They do nothing for allergens. But a pleated Merv 6-8 rated filter will keep out dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and will last 90 days. If you have someone in your home that suffers from allergies then a Merv 8 rating on a filter will keep them happy while they are at home. My mom can really be affected by allergens and as long as she is in the house, she is fine because she keeps a clean pleated filter in all the return air vents. If you spend 2.29 per filter for a furnace filter it will cost you $27.48 per year. A pleated filter should be 5.99 and you will spend under $25 for a year. Most hardware stores will discount the filters if you buy a carton. So look for a pleated filter rated Merv 6-8, change out every 90 days and be comfortable in your home.

Now to the email…..

Question: Believe it or not I turned on my AC unit the other day and I was wanting to give it a little tune up before the temps hit the mid 90’s – what do you suggest?

Answer: Clean the coils with a product called K.O. Dirt Blaster. K.O. Dirt Blaster is a high pressure cleaner and de-greaser for refrigeration coils. It will dissolve dust and dirt without a water rinse and it has a pleasant fragrance. We had always used it on AC coils, but we used it on the refrigeration coils of Coke machine that was not cooling and it revived that Coke machine to new life.

Question: Hi Trudy! Johnnie recommended a product a few years ago that was effective at removing the whitish marks that occur when moisture is trapped under varnish or polyurethane coating on tables or other wooden furniture. We left a can of OFF on a antique table and it left a whitish ring and I have been unable to remove it. Please remind me of the product name.

Answer: It’s called White Ring Remover - clever huh? White Ring Remover will eliminate that white ring along with little surface scratches. It comes in a re-sealable pack that after using the remover rag, you just place it back into the pack; seal it up to use another day.

Question: I hope you can help me, I own a 2 story home that was built in 1976. I live alone and rarely ever use the space upstairs. Is there anything I can do to minimize any problems? I’ve been told to flush the toilets occasionally, should I leave AC units open? Any information would be appreciated.

Answer: I would turn off the water upstairs to keep from having any leak that might go undetected and cause damage. Flush the toilets and then before they fill again, turn off the water. Turn off the water to the sinks. There is no reason to cool off or heat that area so close the vents, and that will keep the heating and AC bill lower. I would do the same if I were you.

Question: I have outdoor lights that I change out about every 2 years. And there will always be 1 that is hard to remove and breaks off. Is there anything I can use that would be safe to lubricate the bulb before I replace it so that I don’t have this problem?

Answer: There is a product called Di-Electric grease that will lubricate, protects and insulates both outside and inside bulbs. It prevents rust and corrosion by repelling moisture.