THE IMPORTANCE OF SPRING CLEANING YOUR UTILITY ROOM
Don’t Forget to Clean the Heart of Your Home
The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, AC junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home. How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter? • Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: six to 12 months.
• Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: three to six months. • Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: two to three months. • Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: one to two months. In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!
AN ALL-TIME STARTING FIVE OF CARDINALS, HOOSIERS, AND WILDCATS
SMALL FORWARD: JAMAL MASHBURN (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY) Kentucky may be a perennial powerhouse today, but between 1978 and the early 1990s, they struggled to garner much attention. Fortunes began to turn in 1990 when Rick Pitino convinced Jamal Mashburn to become a Wildcat. He was a superstar for the program, and his number, 24, was retired by the team.
The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Indiana University have produced an incredible number of basketball legends. No matter which of these teams is your favorite, it’s easy to see that we’re pretty spoiled in terms of talent. Narrowing down the list of exceptional athletes that have played for these schools into an all-time starting five is no easy task — plenty of worthy names end up being left out. Nevertheless, we’ve done our best to come up with a definitive roster of Kentucky and Indiana greats.
POWER FORWARD: SCOTT MAY (INDIANA UNIVERSITY) The last NCAA team to have a perfect season was Indiana in 1976, and Scott May was the team’s anchor. That year, May won the Naismith College Player of the Year award and an Olympic gold medal to go with the Hoosier’s national championship.
POINT GUARD: ISIAH THOMAS (INDIANA UNIVERSITY) Isiah Thomas and Bobby Knight may seem like an odd pairing, but they grew to be great friends during Thomas’ time as a Hoosier. Together, they led Indiana to the 1981 NCAA Championship. From there, Thomas went on to a hall-of-fame career in the NBA, winning two titles with the Detroit Pistons.
CENTER: ANTHONY DAVIS (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY) The best college players may be “one- and-done” these days, but there’s no denying the impact Anthony Davis had in his 2011–2012 season at Kentucky. He dominated every opponent he faced en route to a national championship. It’s no surprise he was the first overall pick in the NBA draft that year.
SHOOTING GUARD: DARRELL GRIFFITH (UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE) The Cardinals won their first national championship in 1980 with Darrell Griffith as their star player. Born and raised in Louisville, Griffith is a true hometown hero. He also has one of the best nicknames in sports history: Dr. Dunkenstein.
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