Summer home maintenance tips from Mike Holmes and Filtrete #FiltreteFilters

This post has been sponsored by Filtrete Brand Filters

A few months ago (about three to be exact), I gave you some statistics on indoor air quality and told you all about how to reduce odor and allergens in your home. Well, it has been roughly three months since we’ve had our Filtrete furnace filter in place and it is time to change it out.

Take a look at the difference between a new filter, and the one I just pulled out of the furnace. You can really see how much dust and debris it captures (and that is just what you can see)!


More about Filtrete Filters from 3M

About the Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1000)

Since the hotter summer months typically find homeowners using their cooling systems more frequently, it is more important than ever to properly maintain systems to endure the summer season.  Unlike some other filters with similar ratings that are tightly woven and can restrict airflow, the Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter provides a balance of particle capture and airflow, thus helping to prevent stress on the system as well as reducing the amount of energy needed to reach desired temperatures.

  • Ideal for allergen capture, cleaner indoor air and efficient system maintenance
  • Designed to help clean indoor air by capturing dust, pollen and lint from the air passing through the filter
  • Last up to three months
  • Price: $10.97
  • Where to buy: Lowe’s, Target, Walmart, and your local hardware store; find a location near you by visiting

Summer home maintenance tips from Mike Holmes:

Short on time but looking to cross a few healthy home maintenance to-dos off your list? Trusted HGTV Contractor Mike Holmes recommends these tasks that can each be completed in 20 minutes or less!

  • Air conditioning filters: Use an electrostatically charged Filtrete Brand air filter to help capture dust, pollen and lint from the air passing through the filter. Plus, changing your filter at the start of every season helps protect and maintain your system.
  • Hot water heaters: Set hot water heaters at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to avoid potential scalding.
  • Stove: Remove and wash stove grates, burners and coils with warm water and soap. Over time, grease can build up around the stove, increasing the chances of a fire.
  • Fire extinguishers: Check the expiration dates on your fire extinguishers. You should keep one on each floor of your home.
  • Cracks: Inspect the floor, walls and foundation of the home for cracks. Jot them down on your home to-do list, and fix them before they lead to deterioration and wood rot.

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Quick Statistics

  • According to EnergyStar[1], the average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with half of this directly related to heating and cooling costs.
  • According to the American Lung Association[2], the average American breathes 3,400 gallons of air each day.

About Filtrete Filters

Filtrete Brand from 3M makes an entire line of air filters for your home’s heating and cooling system – there’s one for each family’s needs and lifestyle. They start at just a few dollars, last up to three months and can be purchased at Lowe’s, Target, Walmart, Costco and your local hardware store. Find a location near you by visiting

Filtrete Filters are the most trusted brand of furnace filters (based on 2012 Burke Brand Health Tracking).


So tell us….

Have you done any of the recommended tips to keep up on home maintenance?


Jesica H

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8 thoughts on “Summer home maintenance tips from Mike Holmes and Filtrete #FiltreteFilters

  • August 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    Ugh, we definitely need to change ours, thanks for the reminder!! Reply
  • August 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    We replaced our HVAC this spring and our new thermostat beeps when its time to change the filter. Really nice to have that reminder! Reply
  • August 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    Great Tips, no air in the house makes it easier not to forget LOL! Our furnace thermostat does tell us when to change the filter and I love that reminder! Reply
  • August 29, 2013 at 7:53 am
    Hmm, there's a lot of those we don't do, but should! We definitely keep our hot water heater lower, but some of those things I never would have thought of. We better get on it! Reply
  • August 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    My husband always replaces the filter, but he does not do any of the other things. I will have to pass this info on to him. Thank you for sharing! Reply
  • August 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm
    I am ashamed to say that we changed our AC filter only last month after almost a full summer of blasting (it was ghastly). I even had several spares, I just forgot. I am sure it affected performance and energy use. Reply
    • August 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm
      I forget sometimes too, but I usually get it w/in 3 or 4 months. :-) Reply

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