Category Archives: How To

How to: Do Your Laundry

The first time I washed my own clothes was a disaster. I absent mindedly threw in a pair of blue Soffe shorts in with my white under things.  What resulted was the ugliest grey color I have ever seen.  In order to keep from making the same mistake, I would like to give you a few pointers about how to do laundry.

1)      ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS sort your laundry. Generally people sort them like this:

  1. Blacks
  2. Whites
  3. Colors

Don't let this be you!

You can break it down into further categories if you so choose, like “dryer only colors” or “hang-dry blacks”, but you must respect the basic three categories to avoid catastrophic color calamity.

2)      Make sure you are using laundry detergent. I have seen people get it confused with fabric softener.

3)      Don’t use too much laundry detergent. In fact, you can get your clothes clean with less than the recommended capfuls, and it eliminates the greasy film that detergent can sometimes leave.

4)      Don’t stuff the washing machine. Clothes, towels, sheets, etc. should sit loosely in the tub and shouldn’t go all the way to the top.

5)      Don’t put anything delicate or anything you would be upset if it shrunk in the dryer.

6)      Use a dryer sheet to eliminate static electricity.

Hope these tips help laundry day go a little smoother!

À la prochain,


How to: Change Your A/C Filter

Don't let this be you! Ick!

With the warmer months approaching, we are going to start running the A/C in our apartments.  So, I thought we should discuss the maintenance/changing of air filters.

For Window Units:

  1. Take the filter out of the window unit.
  2. Turn the filter so that the debris side is facing away from the water. Run it under water and the dust should push right off.  (The mighty Quinn, head of maintenance, recommends using the bathtub to do this chore.)
  3. Let it air dry completely and replace back in the unit.

For Central Units

  1. Depending on your unit, you will need to find the location of the A/C unit.  For some it is in the mechanical closet in the actual A/C unit.  In others, it is behind the grate in your hallway.  If you can’t locate the filter in your hallway, then it is in your kitchen.
  2. Once the filter is located, you will need to pull out the filter.  In some units there will be threaded knobs you will have to unscrew, but it is pretty much self-explanatory.
  3. Pull out the filter and determine the size.  Go buy a new one.* Wal-Mart has the biggest selection of filter sizes and brands. You might want to buy in bulk because…
  4. You will need to replace the filter every 30 days.  Replacing your air filter every 30 days is important because…
    1. It improves air quality in your apartment by removing dust and allergens.
    2. It reduces the amount of energy needed to cool your apartment by improving the unit’s efficiency.

If you want more information, there are tons of videos on you tube about changing an A/C filter, and as always, if you can’t locate the unit, we will be happy to help you!

À la prochain,


*If you live in the 300 and 400 building of Windsor Hill, then you are lucky! The filters in your units are a weird size and only we can order them.  Let us know and we will provide them so you can replace them.