I'm only saying what works for me.
Other than worrying about muck getting into the camera and onto the sensor when I change lenses (a major problem here, and it's not just dust that an automatic cleaning system can dislodge), I don't "care for" my equipment at all in any active way. I keep it when not used physically protected and away from dust etc but not hermetically sealed, and when it's in use I try to protect it from rain and sea spray. That's it. Not too onerous.
I do find I have to clean the lens filter pretty well every day of serious use, and given the nature of the muck that gets on it (combined greasy and salty) the most effective way is to take the filter off and wash it in dilute detergent. Not possible with the front element of a lens, and every time you use traditional lens cleaners you risk scratching the surface (virtually unavoidable, in fact) and stripping part of the coatings. I've never cleaned the lenses themselves, here or back in the UK in my film SLR days, and hope I never have to.
In any case, on one lens I actively want a filter as it's a circular polarising filter which I find invaluable with the intense sunlight here. I'd use one on the other lens as well, but the hood is too deep to reach the filter to turn it, so that just has a UV filter. Leaving the hood off is not an option as that can cause slight internal reflections.
I see a major degradation in IQ when I don't use some form of UV filter.
My biggest problem here with photography is that I have a lovely view of sunsets from upstairs in my house, but with the layout of the windows and screens I can never photograph them, and from downstairs I don't get the same view because of undergrowth. Very frustrating!
But I will try to read the book you cited. Do you have a copy?