This post is sponsored by FilterEasy.
“Air filters? What in sam hill am I supposed to say about air filters?”
That’s the G-rated version of what I said to myself after reading the sponsored post proposal from FilterEasy.
But after thinking about it, I decided to take the challenge. I would find something funny to say about air filters. I mean, if I could make air filters entertaining, I am probably some sort of god among bloggers. Sponsor me, all ye mundane household items! Pay me in paper towels and caulk! Let me synergize your brand, lemon-scented dusting spray!
Then I looked at the ordering instructions and I was like, “I’m supposed to buy air…filtersss? Like more than one?”
Prior to my experience with FilterEasy, the entire scope of my air filter knowledge was: I dunno, that’s a husband thing.
I mean, I knew they were a thing that existed and needed to be purchased and changed regularly, but I had zero idea what variety or size we’d need and how to change it or how often and wow, stop being such a wuss and SACK UP AND LEARN ABOUT HOW THINGS WORK, AMY.
(It’s like that time we ran out of dish detergent in the pump-thing attached to the sink when Jason was away, and I realized I had no idea how to refill it. I’ve spent my whole life taking readily-available dish detergent in a pump-thing for granted, thinking it just magically refilled itself. NEWSFLASH, IDIOT.)
ANYWAY. Turns out I am not the only one who Fails to Adult around here, because when I asked Jason about what size filters we needed for the wall and ceiling returns (and oh hey also what are wall and ceiling returns), he stared at me blankly.
“We don’t put filters in the wall and ceiling returns. Are you…supposed to?”
“I don’t know. It seems like something other people do?”
“But why? There’s a filter on the unit. That’s all you need. Whatever.”
“THIS SPONSORED POST IS TEARING US APART, JASON.”
A quick Google search revealed that while yes, you can install filters in the return vents. Or in the unit. Or both! Especially if you’re prone to allergies, or want to do everything possible to prolong the life of your HVAC system. Which, yes to the first and HELL YES to the second, because we already shelled out a fortune to replace our HVAC system and by God, never again.
This is what a ceiling return looks like:
This is what a wall return looks like:
And this is what a second, seekrit wall return that I seriously never noticed looks like:
(Note that it is somewhat freshly painted. By me. But it still never registered to me what, exactly, it was. Other than a vent thing that was annoying to paint.)
(Hey there, Lego guy.)
Okay, so clearly we maybe aren’t exactly Air Filter Vikings around here. Jason admitted he kind of only had a vague idea of when the unit filter needed replaced, but it was “probably around that time.”
WELL LOOK AT THAT. THAT’S SOME GOOD BRAND SYNERGY RIGHT THERE.
I measured everything, went online and added the appropriately sized filters. Although FilterEasy offers three grades of filters and comped my entire order, I opted for the middle “MicroAllergen” grade instead of the “SuperAllergen” one because apparently, even when being offered things for free I feel guilty. Like my family doesn’t deserve luxury air filters.
(Just kidding. We don’t get allergies that severe, and the MicroAllergen grade was still a big step up from the ones we typically buy.)
The good news is that Jason showed me how to change the HVAC unit’s filter. This is good because…yeah. It was definitely “around that time.”
With a FIlterEasy subscription, however, you always know it’s “around that time” because NEW FILTERS SHOW UP AT YOUR DOOR. Greetings, fellow adult! Please install us so that you can continue breathing! If you’re into that sort of thing!
I tackled the wall and ceiling returns all by myself. None of which contained a filter, all of which were filthy and horrible.
(Why I’ve never broken out as a fabulously aspirational lifestyle blogger, I will never know.)
(This was the smallest filter we needed. I may or may not have squeed “aww, it’s a little baby one!” when I encountered it. Shut up.)
The whole process was crazy easy and oddly satisfying. Behold, family! I care about your lungs! Enough to get a screwdriver and stepladder out! I am handy! And amazing!
Time to go lie down for the rest of the day now. I obviously earned it.
FilterEasy would like to give one of you a $250 Target gift card, because they are nice! Which is why I didn’t make them send me the most expensive filters, because that just seemed greedy! But you should all follow this link and be greedy for that gift card! Giveaway is for U.S. only and will last for one week. Just enter your email address to be automatically entered.
The first 100 readers who enter will ALSO get their ENTIRE first order of filters (which will replace all the filters in your house, even in places you might not have known you can install filters [HI!]) for absolutely FREE. Just go here and enter your email to claim the discount.
Also! FilterEasy will offer any custom size or 4” filter if you email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention AMALAH. Shameless namedropping, there.