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
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
- 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
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