Monthly Archives: July 2016

Furnace Filters

If you own your home, you know first-hand that there are plenty of responsibilities to maintaining the residence.  Cutting the grass, shoveling snow, fixing that leaky faucet and on and on.  The bank should include a maintenance man in the mortgage, don’t you agree?

One key piece of home maintenance that is often overlooked it your furnace air filter.  Did you just have that “I wonder how long ago I changed my filter?” moment?  Well don’t feel too bad about it, but it is a very easy part of upkeep that has several benefits.

Believe it or not replacing your filter will actually save you money in the long run, as your energy bill will decrease because your furnace & air conditioner won’t have to work as hard.  Those savings coupled with the health benefits should be enough to help even the most forgetful person (like me) remember to change your furnace filter regularly.

So…which one do you pick?  While the 79¢ filter at Bargain Bob’s might be cheap it’s also, well, cheap.  Something to consider when choosing a filter is the MERV Rating.  No, I didn’t just make that up.  MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.  Translation: How effective is the filter?


MERV ratings range from 1-16. The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the fewer dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it.  Common particles that are tested on a filter are mold spores, dust, tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust and pollen.  Most residential home systems will do just fine with a filter rated MERV 6-12.  Hospitals and the like will be between 13-16.

Make sure to change your furnace filter about every three months or so to avoid restricted airflow that could damage your system or cause it to run inefficiently.

So breathe easy and stop by Charlie’s Hardware & Rental to replace that furnace filter today!

Scotts 4-Step Program Step 3: Lawn Food with 2% Iron

Well, you’ve been meticulously maintaining your yard for a couple months now.  And since you’re a smart shopper (you are, AREN’T you?) you’ve already applied Steps 1 and 2 of Scotts 4-Step Program to your lawn.  You’ve been preventing crabgrass and killing weeds, all while feeding and growing beautiful turf in just two simple applications.

Now, onto Scotts Step 3: Lawn Food with 2% Iron.  Not only is this the perfect time of year to apply this Food (usually June through August) to achieve a lush, green look, but you can also apply it at any other time of the year to achieve a great green up!  It won’t burn your lawn, and its kid & pet friendly as well.

Scotts Step 3 will Feed & Strengthen your turf against extreme heat and drought, while giving it that bold green color.  Unless temperatures are above 90 degrees, you can apply Step 3 to a wet or dry lawn.  If above 90 degrees, simply water immediately after application to reduce stress on your lawn

So go ahead, sit back and relax with that ice cold glass of lemonade and enjoy your beautiful green lawn.  Next time we’ll discuss Scotts Step Four: Fall Lawn Food.  See you then!


Read up on all steps:
Step One: Crabgrass Preventer + Lawn Food
Step Two: Weed Control plus Lawn Food
Step Three: Lawn Food with 2% Iron
Step Four: Fall Lawn Food