CHANGE THE FILTERS ON YOUR HVAC SYSTEM!!
I can't emphasize that enough, most people forget they're even there, and if you have crud building up on the vents, you can be sure it's time to change that filter. It also saves you money because restores airflow, meaning the system doesn't have to work as hard to heat and cool. It should be simple to remove it from your air handler, Google the model number if you don't know how to remove the filter.
The "lifetime" reusable filters are crap, they only block relatively large particles. Take the old filter out, take it to the hardware store, and make sure you get the right size. There are several grades, bear in mind that the smaller the particles it filters, the more often you'll have to replace it.
Also, if you don't own a wet-vac for cleaning your carpet, get one. You'll be amazed at how much dirt and dust comes out of a "clean" carpet once it's moistened and made heavy enough to suck up.
The Pro-heat 2x is the best consumer-grade one I've ever used, and you don't need to get the high end model (they really only differ by the attachments, and the basic brush attachment is the one you'll use the most anyway.) Although the extreme low-end model only has 10 rows of bristles on the carpet rollers, I opted for the 12-row model.
Don't get a Hoover Steamvac--the newer ones have really soft bristles that don't do jack. They are easier to empty (2 tanks as opposed to the single tank with a bladder), but their capacity is lower. I know I sound like a shill, but the Pro-heat seriously got the best reviews, which is why I bought it and how I ended up here on these forums.
Posted on 6/09/10 at 9:06 AM