I stood in my living room one afternoon aghast at the number of chores I had waiting for me throughout the house.
It was six months past my initial move in date and at the time I had nothing but excitement for that 2,000 square foot house.
The excitement vanished quickly once I realized the degree of upkeep needed for minimal maintenance in both the inside and the huge yard circling the building. I didn’t have the money for a housekeeper so I spent what little free time I had outside of work doing chores I would normally do on a Saturday afternoon or evening, not in the twilight hours Monday through Sunday. So, to solve my dilemma, I sold the house and bought a condo that is half its size. My cleaning woes are long gone since this new home is drastically easier to maintain. I have less flooring to mop or vacuum and an immeasurably smaller amount of surface area throughout to dust and sanitize. But, all of these improvements came with a caveat—the air handler in the condominium is located in the attic, and so is the filter tray for the intake. Although attics are a common location for air handlers, this was the first time I found a machine that didn’t have the filter tray inside the air return register that is either in the ceiling or on a wall. I actually have to climb the ladder and rummage around cobwebs and layers of dust just to get close enough to the air handler to replace the air filter. But, since the system is over 10 years old, it seems like replacing it will be unavoidable, regardless of the difficulties with the filter. Therefore, the new system I have installed will mitigate all of these issues at once, giving me filter access within arm’s reach without me ever going anywhere near the attic.