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Seeing there was a lot of dust on my air return vent and needed to change air filter

My husband and I have been living in our beautiful house for about 20 years now.

There needs to be a lot of updating to it but my husband is not very handy.

For example we had a doorknob break and my husband didn’t get to it until two years later. There are times where I feel like when things break he doesn’t care. Therefore a lot of the chores and repairs are put on me. I try to repair as much as I can but other times I just let the professionals repair it. For example our air return vent is between our basement and the stairs going to our first floor. I walked by it several times and didn’t seem to notice how dirty the vent was until one day I was carrying groceries up the stairs and I felt something fly into my face. It was a small ball of dust. I had no idea how to open the air return vent and I told my husband but he forgot about it. I was tired of waiting for it to be cleaned out so I called our local HVAC technician and he came and cleaned the vent and replaced the air filter. I had no idea that our air filter was in our air return vent. He said it was extremely dirty and it looked like it hadn’t been change for a very long time. I was so embarrassed to hear that. Now I make sure to call my HVAC technician every 3 months for him to replace our air filter.