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3M Filtrete

May 27th, 2009

This is a compensated post through my affiliation with Mom Central.


When we moved into this house, one of the clauses in our lease was that we would change our air exchange filters monthly. We signed our lease and promptly forgot about that. I don’t think I’ve ever had filtered air exchanges like these in a house before so I never gave them any thought. Then the leasing company appeared for our first quarterly inspection. They maintenance man tsk-ed at the state of both of our filters. He told me that changing them regularly would make our heating and cooling units run more efficiently meaning our bills would be lower and the units would last longer. Huh. I was on board with that.

When I agreed to remind you all to check and replace your filters, Mom Central sent me a document written by Dr. Neil Schachter, a leading authority on Respitory Disease, outlining 8 tips to keep your house healthy. His 8 tips in short are:

  1. Avoid cleaning products with amonia or chlorine
  2. House plants are clean air allies (especially if you can keep them alive, unlike me)
  3. Lay area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet
  4. Use high performance air filters like the Filtrete 1″ Advanced Allergen Filter from 3M
  5. Restrict your furry friends – especially keep them out of the bedrooms and off the bed
  6. Turn up the air conditioning to reduce the humidity and inhibit mold
  7. Turn off humidifiers which can allow mold growth and spread bacteria
  8. Leave shoes outside

dsc09847I was only doing it to keep my leasing company happy and my bills lower until Filtrete reminded me that it can have important health benefits for my family. So I will continue to climb up here every month (okay to be honest it is more like 6-8 weeks) and change my filters. I also use my beautiful Dyson to keep the grate free of dust and dirt. Taking this photo reminded me that I need to do that again soon! And it is time to pick up a couple more Filtrete 3M filters when I run to Target this week. (That is truly the brand I always buy when I change them.) Go check yours now. Go on.

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4 Responses to “3M Filtrete”

  1. Bobbi Says:

    Glad I don’t have those. Too much maintenance. It is a good thing our smoke detectors beep when we need new batteries, or my family would be in trouble there too.

    OK, yes, I did miss you. I was getting deprived of those cute girls, and your posts that always make me chuckle. OH, Tessa, you so remind me of my girls. NOONE and I mean NOONE could touch them. They would freak out. It was really hard. But, they grew out of it–kind of!! I am sure everyone understands. but, it is nice for you to get a break too.

  2. Brenda Says:

    Every month..geez..never heard that. Everything i’ve read and have always done is every 3 months. There is no way i’d do that every month.

  3. carla Says:

    STUFF 🙂

    yay michelle!

  4. Sam Nechvatal Says:

    Once a month seems to be overkill, although I have heard it before. I believe that is is a carry over from technicians who were used to the old spun fiber filters (notice that the leasing company is not the one paying for the filters). There is a service that will send your filters to you automatically at http://www.RiteTimeFilters.com. You can get your water filters and smoke detector batteries there as well if you are looking for even more convenience.


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