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I know, I know, you’re saying, “What? Air filters again? Talk about something else, Mitch. What else is there to say about air filters?”

What else can I say about air filters? Plenty.

First, a quiz. What are the two most expensive mechanical devices most people typically own? A car and their home’s air conditioning system. Despite being very complex machines, both are remarkably self-sufficient and require minimal maintenance. Change the car’s oil here, replace the A/C’s air filter there, it’s really quite simple. But it must be done.

Change your A/C’s air filter once a month. This simple action will pay big dividends including better indoor air quality, lower electrical costs and optimizing the life of your system to its fullest.

Just like when you get in your car, turn the key and expect the engine to start up immediately, you go to your home’s thermostat, press the button to lower the temperature and expect the A/C to comply. And it will, IF you change the filter.

If you have trouble remembering to do this, connect it with another monthly function such as paying bills. Pay the electrical bill, replace the air filter. While replacing it, reward yourself with a generous pat on the back for not having to make the check’s amount as big as it would be if you had not changed the filter. Or get an ice cream cone, that’s a good reward too!

You wouldn’t want to be stranded alone on the side of a dark, isolated road at 3:00 in the morning because your car’s engine fails from lack of oil. Similarly, you don’t want a house full of sticky, cranky relatives on the Fourth of July because there’s no A/C. Aunt Edna and Uncle Carl will be giving you the stink eye, my friend. Fortunately, it’s a situation that’s easy to avoid. Change your A/C system’s air filter and change the oil in your car. They, along with your wallet, will thank you.

New Year’s Resolutions Trivia:

(1) The Babylonians established the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. Their most common resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.
(2) Auld Lang Syne, written by Robert Burns in the 1700s, is Scottish for “old long ago.”
(3) It was Julius Caesar who established January 1 as the start of a New Year when he created the Julian calendar.
(4) To lose weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution in the United States.

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