For the month of October, I’m running a blog series called Taking Care of Small Things. Go back and read the introduction post if you missed it! The idea is that we’ll tackle some small, but important items that may save you some serious time, effort and/or money in the future. Earlier this week, we tackled organizing our keys and updating our phones with important contacts.
Today’s task is an important one, but won’t likely take you long at all. We’re going to change our furnace filters. For today’s post, my husband was very nice to give me a hand.
So turns out, we’d not changed our filter in a very, very long time. Stuff happens; life’s busy. I get it.
But, as you can see from the photo above, we waited far, far, FAR too long to change it out. DOH.
We ended up buying more than what we just needed for today. This will help us stay on top of changing it out more regularly! Turns out, you’re supposed to change these out much more frequently than I thought. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s and furnace recommendations. And of course, you can always just check the thing periodically.
To help me remember, I actually made an appointment on my phone!
My husband also found these Filtrete fragrances. You can put them on top of the filters and it makes your whole house smell nice. Amazon has a variety of these for purchase. (Obviously, this is optional – do what you want.)
Now, suppose you don’t need to cross this item off your list. Here are a few alternate tasks you might consider:
- Schedule a home duct cleaning. (It’s recommended you get this done every 3 to 5 years.)
- Spend an hour dusting the areas of your home that tend to get neglected – the tops of doorways and picture frames, furnace covers, windowsills.
- Place an order for more furnace filters if your supply is dwindling. (Amazon actually has a Subscribe & Save option for many which might be a great way to help you remember!) Also – if you’re finding this post on October 5th – check out the deal we posted earlier for furnace filters from Home Depot!
I hope you’re ending the week feeling like you’ve taken care of a few extra things than you would’ve! I know this week’s tasks might have seemed very small indeed, but get ready. Next week, we’ll be spending more concentrated time in purging and updating areas of our house that may be in dire need of it! Stay tuned!
I’d love to know what you think of the series so far. What small tasks do you tend to overlook? And, when was the last time you changed out the furnace filter?