Answer Man: QB Club now huddles at Kahler Apache
Dear Answer Man, where is the Rochester Quarterbacks Club meeting, now that Michaels is closed?
The QB Club, which was as much a part of Michaels as the garlic toast and the faded photos on the walls, has moved to the newly renamed Kahler Apache , what most of us still think of as the Ramada or Best Western. The convention center part of the complex is run by Powers Ventures and called the Canadian Honker Events Center.
The club meets at noon Mondays in the Honker center. The local number for the Kahler Apache is 289-8866; it took me 10 minutes to find a local number, rather than the central Kahler reservation number, and I had to call the Kahler Grand to get it.
Here's another piece of interesting club news, related to the Kahler empire: The Rotary Club of Rochester has moved from its longtime roost at the Kahler Grand. Beginning on Jan. 22, the club will have its regular Thursday meetings in the Plaza Banquet Room at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Rotary officials were mum on the reason, but I've heard that rates were going up, and there was uncertainty about guaranteed meeting space.
That Rotary club is one of three in town, and there's also the Rochester Roteract club for people ages 18-30.
Aren't you glad I have such good sources?
A dust-up over filters
My Friday masterpiece on furnace filters caused a few readers who know about furnaces to gasp. As you'll certainly recall, a reader asked if it's OK to use the cheap filters or if you should buy the more deluxe versions that claim to catch more dust, last longer and do everything but change the kitty litter and butter your toast.
My conclusion: "Most experts say you should pony up for the more expensive, pleated filters and then remember to change them as directed."
That led to an agitated 5-minute phone call from a fellow who says he worked in the HVAC business for years. He said, "Some people don't have adequate ductwork, so they need to have the cheaper filters to move the air. It's not cut and dried. New houses should be that simple, but there are a lot of older homes out there that need cheaper filters. Every house is different ."
And here's a note from a reader who says, "Your column is just so interesting that I have to read it every day."
I hear that from so many people, I'm beginning to think it's true.
The reader goes on to say, "I've always followed the cheap pleated filter idea in filter replacement and change it approximately every 30 days. This has worked fine for years. Yesterday I took one of my $2.33 True Blue filters from Menards to my furnace repair firm and showed them your column. They said they use the cheaper filters like the one I showed them. The more expensive ones can restrict the air flow, especially when they become dirty, and cause the blower motor to overheat."
Well, now we're into a different area. A "cheap pleated" filter is different from a "very cheap spun fiberglass" filter, which cost about as much as this newspaper when bought in bulk, and I didn't recommend that you buy gold-plated pleated filters.
So let's agree to split hairs. Become an expert on your particular furnace, if not your ductwork, and above all, change the filter on schedule.