Air Filters

So I’m curious about other people’s air filters in their house. First off, our air filter is pretty large and apparently a strange size, so I can only get them at Home Depot. I can get cheap ones, but recently there was a sale on a nicer one, so I bought a pack.

Brian had the idea to write the date on the filter so you can always see when you changed it last. With the cheaper filters, we changed it about every 3 months. They were gross after 3 months, but not horrible. After a few weeks, the new expensive filter was disgusting. Really. I waited until a month had gone by, and then I went ahead and changed it. I can’t tell you the grossness that it had become. Ew. Just. Ew.

After having changed it, I looked at the new one that afternoon, and within an hour, it too had already turned from white to gray. It wasn’t severely gross yet, but definitely on its way.

So my question is: are we (Brian, me, Samantha, Molly and Maddie) THAT disgusting? Do I not dust frequently enough? Do I open the back porch door too often? Is the new filter just that good? What’s the deal? Should I use the new filters and change weekly until we get the house to a decent level of dustiness?

Air Conditioning and Ear Tubes

It’s finally hot around here. Not that I’m glad it’s hot, but just that it’s mid-June and we’re just now getting hot. We had a rainy May. Anyway, our A/C at the house decided to stop working on Monday. Tuesday, we had Dude #1 come out. He said the outside coil was so severely dirty and plugged up. It would cost $400 to clean. He said we couldn’t do it ourselves. So we called Dude #2 who came out on Wednesday. He said the outside coil was dirty and that we had a leak upstairs at the inside coil. It was badly rusted over and we needed a new coil for a whopping $1200. So, Dude #3 comes out on Thursday. He proceeds to dig around at the outside unit and just starts cleaning it. $100 later, he tells us that we’ll have snowballs coming out of our vents. That’s my kind of guy.

Samantha has been doing well after her tube surgery. We had the Post-Op yesterday and the doctor said everything looked good. We’ll go back in on Monday to get fitted for special plugs. Her ears can get wet in treated water (bath, pool, etc), but not untreated water (river, ocean, lake, etc). Since we’re headed to the beach next week, we need to get some ear plugs for her ears in case she decides that she likes playing in the ocean.

We’ve enjoyed visiting with all our family over the past several weeks. I am glad, however, to stay at home this weekend. It’s much needed. Props goes out to my friend Kris who bailed me out today. Thanks Kris!