How To Clean Your AC Filter

It seemed like the heat wave would never come, but here it is! When running your air conditioning unit this summer, it’s easy to be distracted by the cool air and forget to question how clean and healthy that air actually is. Almost all AC units have a filter and that filter needs to be cleaned and maintained. Cleaning your filter ensures that your system is running optimally and cleaning the air as it enters your home. A dirty, clogged filter will carry dust and debris inside as well as reduce the air flow. This poses a threat to your health, your family’s health as well as drives up energy costs.

There are different types of filters that are used within an air conditioning unit. Some are reusable while others need to be replaced. An air conditioner naturally collects dust and dirt over time. If you have an existing unit, the filter should be cleaned before it is first used during the warmer weather. From there, a cleaning every 1-2 months throughout the summer and early fall is recommended. While a professional can be hired to service and clean your unit, you can also easily and quickly clean it yourself when needed. Here are a few steps you can follow to make sure you can adequately maintain your AC unit this summer.

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Inspecting Your Home’s Attic and Basement

Do it Yourself, Summer Maintenance Average read time: 3 minutes
Attic inspection

Inspecting your attic and basement is more than just walking through and looking for trouble spots. It requires looking at very specific areas and aspects of your home’s structure and being able to immediately identify red flags that an issue is occurring. Often times, the attic and basement are areas of the home that are…

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Adjusting your home’s storm door closers

Your storm door is a great asset to your house. It protects your main door, acts as a window, allows you to keep your door open without letting in the elements and even lets trick-or-treaters know you are ready to hand out candy. They can be tricky to use, however. Most storm doors come with a pneumatic closer that cushions the door from closing too hard.

Does your storm door close too quickly and slam? It’s pretty simple to adjust if you know what to do.

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Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

Do it Yourself, Spring Maintenance Average read time: 2 minutes
Cleaning vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is amazing. It has truly lead to a revolution in how today’s homes look and are maintained. The U.S. Census Bureau says that vinyl siding has been the most popular exterior cladding since 1995 and that shows no signs of changing in 2018. It lasts much longer than wood or metal and requires…

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Replacing Exterior Caulking on Windows

Your windows let in beautiful views and sunlight, but they can also lead to leaking and draftiness if they aren’t caulked in properly. Caulk is used around the exterior joint between your windows and the exterior siding or brick to fill in the gap. If a gap were to remain, bugs, water, and wind could get inside.

Caulk is important because it keeps that gap closed. However, all caulk will eventually shrink and possibly crack. So what, is this another costly fix? No, it’s something you can do yourself with some time and a caulk gun.

What You’ll Need

  • A Caulk gun
  • A putty knife
  • A utility knife
  • Tubes of caulk
  • Some rags and some water
  • Your hands

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Replacing The Screen in Your Door

Springtime is coming! We are less than a month away from the first day of spring, and with it come all of the amazing smells of budding trees and flowers. Your sliding screen door or screen patio door is a great way to be able to enjoy the upcoming weather, but not if it has a hole. Holes are common in screen doors, but they tend to let in bugs and other critters.

Luckily for you, fixing a hole in a screen is not too difficult – it is definitely something you can do yourself with a quick trip to the hardware store.

What to Buy

Most hardware stores have rescreening supplies and door hardware for you to use, but you need to be aware of manufacturer specific parts. Anderson only sells parts through Home Depot due to an agreement. But, if your door is not Anderson, generic parts will probably work just fine.

Buy enough screen so that you can overlap the frame of the door by at least 2 inches on each edge. You will also need a new spline, which is the rubber tubing that holds the screen in a groove surrounding the frame. Spline tends to become brittle and break over time, so replacing that can be a good thing.
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5 Home Projects Where DIY Does Not Make Sense

Do it Yourself Average read time: 3 minutes
5 home projects where DIY does not make sense

Do-it-yourself projects get a lot of attention because homeowners can potentially save themselves a lot of money. But, it’s always a good idea to leave the big stuff to the professionals otherwise you risk major damage, injury or even death by taking on certain projects yourself. Which projects should I leave to the Pros? Roof…

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10 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Do it Yourself Average read time: 5 minutes
Caulking window frames

Keeping your home running efficiently should be a priority, especially during the extreme cold weather in the winter, but nobody wants another big expense. For this reason, we have put together this list of ten fantastic, high impact, low-cost or no-cost ways to improve your home efficiency in preparation for the winter. 1. Flush hot…

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7 Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Fall

Do it Yourself, Fall/Winter, Pro Advice Average read time: 3 minutes
Is your home prepared for fall?

The fall season has begun and of course you’re not ready. Nobody is. That’s why I’m here to remind you of a few things you should do before the cold weather and holiday season strikes. If you skip these things, ‘future you’ will be upset, so take heed. 1. Blow out your sprinklers If you…

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5 Tips to add curb appeal to sell your home

Do it Yourself Average read time: 3 minutes
Curb appeal

Many people, as they break out of their winter, cabin-fever funk, decide that a new home is in order for their family. Many homes begin the process of being bought and sold in the spring, even though the actual buying of homes peaks in most markets around June. If you are in the market for…

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