November 20, 2009

UV Air Treatment an effective method of combatting the flu, H1N1 (Swine Flu) and other bacteria and viruses

It has long been known that ultraviolet (UV) light used at sufficiently short wavelengths can break down microorganisms and render them sterile and unable to reproduce. It is a fact that has contributed to the widespread use of UV technology over the years for germicidal irradiation and sterilization applications.

One area where UV light-based technologies are being used increasingly is for residential air purification purposes. The air circulating inside a residential heating and cooling system can be concentrated with dangerous contaminants, allergens and even disease-carrying bacteria including those associated with the flu and H1N1. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is 100 times more polluted than the air outside.

A UV Air Treatment System can greatly reduce this pollution and help combat the flu, H1NI and other threats by preventing viruses, bacteria, mold spores and other allergens from growing and circulating within a Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. Ultraviolet irradiation can help sterilize up to 99.9% of mold and fungal spores on a HVAC system's cooling coils and close to 75% of airborne bacteria.

A UV air treatment system works primarily by causing photochemical damage within a microorganism that renders them sterile and unable to reproduce. This effectively neutralizes the threat of their being able to multiply and thereby can be very effective in combating diseases such as H1N1 and the flu. Ultraviolet radiation techniques have been used for years to disinfect medical equipment and are considered to be a widely applicable means of air disinfection as well.

Some UV air treatment systems are standalone units that use a fan to force air to move past a shielded UV lamp. But most UV air treatment units are installed directly inside forced air systems where UV generating lamps sterilize the air moving through it. Such UV air purification systems are typically mounted downstream of the air conditioner cooling coils as well as in the return air ducts, both of which are breeding grounds for mold and other bacteria.

A UV light installed inside the main heating and cooling system is ideal because on average air is circulated between 75 to 150 times through a HVAC system daily. Since UV light cannot pass through metal or glass, a UV air treatment system installed inside a HVAC system also poses little risk of direct exposure to the eyes or the skin.

Filters Fast filter experts are ready to answer any questions you have on installing UV systems.

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July 16, 2009

Instapure F5 Faucet Filter named "Best Buy"


I just wanted to share some news on the Instapure F5 Faucet Filter, which was just named a Consumers Digest Best Buy. Since this title is awarded to less than three percent of competing models in each category, it's worth pointing out what makes this filter worthy of such a distinction.

Though the release doesn't specify exactly why Consumers Digest named it a Best Buy, we think it probably has a lot to do with the fact that the Instapure F5 reduces far more contaminants than most faucet filters. Most such filters reduce only the taste and odor of Chlorine, but the Instapure F5 also reduces 99.99% of microbial cysts, as well as lead. Given this, it's not surprising the filter was named a Best Buy, which Consumers Digest defines "as a product that offers the most value for a given amount of money." Filters Fast sells the filter for only $17.

Scott Wright, Instapure's chief executive officer, emphasized how just one faucet filter can reduce a person's dependency on bottled water.

"Every 200-gallon filter we put in the hand of consumers has the potential to eliminate 1500 plastic bottles," Wright said in a press release. "The Instapure filter is truly a green solution to help individuals reduce their carbon footprint."

Click here to see the Instapure F5, as well as our entire line of Instapure products.

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May 26, 2009

Plane Clean Air Filter makes list of top "Kid Friendly Travel Products"

Just wanted to share one more article on the Plane Clean Air Filter that was published over at Gadling, a popular travel blog.

The Plane Clean Air Filter made the list of "Kid Friendly Travel Products for your Upcoming Summer Vacation." Most of the products on the list are unabashedly designed for children: rolling luggage that looks like a tiger, a "tadpole" iPod case and headphone kit, Disney luggage, etc.

While the Plane Clean Air Filter does not sport any vibrant colors or the likenesses of any popular animated personalities, it does do one thing exceptionally well: it removes 99.5 percent of bacteria, germs and viruses from the air. Given all of the recent talk about Swine Flu and the H1N1 virus, it may be the most beneficial item to make the list.

But these viruses are by no means the only reason to look into the Plane Clean Air Filter. Since there are always a few coughing, aching and sneezing passengers aboard any given flight, it would be wise to invest in any device that stands to ward off illness or sickness, especially if you are sharing a long flight with such people.

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May 19, 2009

Plane Clean Air Filter from Filters Fast

With the recent outbreak of H1N1 (also known as swine flu), many are fearful of travelling, especially when flying across international borders. That being said, there are precautions you can take when flying. CNN and MSNBC recently ran this article, which advocates using the Plane Clean Air Filter to protect against airborne contaminants while flying.

The Plane Clean Air Filter has been tested in an FDA certified lab and is shown to remove 99.5% of all airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens from your airstream. It mounts easily to the overhead gasper nozzle in most planes. The air from these nozzles passes through an electrostatically-charged filter media that is capable of removing viruses, bacteria and other particulate matter from an air stream. The filter fits Airbus, Boeing, and other manufacturer's nozzles that have similar shapes to Boeing and Airbus.

Air flow velocity can be controlled by rotating the housing which in turn rotates the gasper. Once the desired air flow rate is achieved, the air stream can be directed onto the user's face by turning the air exit nozzle.

At the end of the flight, the filter can be detached easily and placed in its storage case. Replacement adhesive gaskets and filter media can be purchased when required. Filter replacement packs come with a single replacement filter and two (2) adhesive gaskets good for a total of 10 flights for only $6.95 (or about $0.70 per flight).

Learn more about the Plane Clean Air Filter here.

See a video of the Plane Clean Air Filter here.

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April 21, 2009

"Does Filters Fast carry filters that remove pharmaceuticals in tap water?"

It's a question we've been bombarded with since yesterday morning, when the Associated Press published an article stating that United States manufacturers and drugmakers have legally released 271 million or more pounds of pharmaceuticals into water sources that often provide drinking water.

During this "PharmaWater" investigation, the AP identified 22 compounds present in drinking water. Included in these compounds are such chemicals as lithium, antibiotics, sedatives, mood stabilizers, sex hormones, skin-bleaching cream and chemicals used to combat head lice and worms.

Yet while drugmakers and manufacturers are certainly responsible for a large portion of the pharmaceuticals in our water, consumers of the pharmaceuticals are just as responsible for depositing pharmaceuticals back into the water supply. After taking these pharmaceuticals, consumers excrete the unabsorbed remainders into the toilet, where they enter the water supply. Flushing drugs down the toilet is a more direct way of doing this, and one that is surprisingly common.

Perhaps the only thing scarier than all of these pharmaceuticals in our drinking water is that there is currently no filter that removes pharmaceuticals from tap water. While companies are currently working on filters that remove pharmaceuticals from water, none do as of yet. Some theorize that filters using activated carbon may work, as the carbon has been shown to capture organic substances that may be found in pharmaceuticals. But as of now, the testing for pharmaceuticals is too insufficient to say whether or not this is the case.

So while we cannot say for certain whether these filters remove pharmaceuticals, we can say that many of our filters do remove contaminants that we know can be harmful to your health, such as arsenic, lead, chlorine, cysts, total dissolved solids, toxic heavy metals and bacteria.

Give us a call to discuss your specific filtration needs. Better yet, consider purchasing one of our many home testing kits, which will tell you exactly what is in your water (again, except for pharmaceuticals).

Then, when you know what's in your water, give us a call and we'll suggest a filter that will remove the undesired contaminants.

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April 10, 2009

Katadyn ExStream Water Bottles

With warm weather now gracing much of the country, many are heading to the great outdoors to camp, hike and fish. Depending on how great these outdoors are, keeping hydrated and finding clean water sources can be paramount.

You don't want to be burdened with carrying bottles upon bottles of drinking water, but at the same time, you don't want to risk drinking water from streams, lakes and rivers, which can contain waterborne protozoa such as Giardia.

The Katadyn Exstream water bottle allows to drink such water without consuming bacteria and harmful contaminants. The bottle uses an advanced Virustat technology to kill 99.9999% of waterborne viruses. Just dip the bottle into any water source and you instantly have safe and delicious drinking water.

I know what you're thinking: doesn't that take some of the fun out of "roughing it"?

Well don't think for a second that MacGyver himself would prefer a paper clip, a piece of gum and some fishing line over this water bottle. When you're outdoors and clean drinking water is scarce, this water bottle can be a lifesaver.

Katadyn also makes a variety of pocket filters, siphons and emergency water tabs to ensure you'll be safe and hydrated when on your next camping or hiking trip.

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April 8, 2009

Nature's Four Favorite Filters

With filter media like Manganese Greensand, KDF 55 and granular activated charcoal, it's easy to think of water filtration as consisting entirely of strange, manmade materials, plastics and polymers that purify your water using space age technology. These filter medias are then connected to other technological devices, such as kitchen sinks, refrigerators, pools, spas and showers. Water filtration, the hallmark of 21st century scientific achievement.

Of course, this is hardly the case. Water filtration is a natural and integral part of life, and it's a process aided by a variety of animals and natural materials. The Earth has many natural methods of water filtration, and humankind has also used natural materials to purify water for thousands of years.

Now I present to you, without further ado, "Nature's Four Favorite Filters":

Plants: Especially in Wetland areas, plants naturally filter the water in which they exist. Such plants move carbon dioxide through the water while also adding oxygen. In addition, many rid ponds and bogs of toxic metals and allow for the growth of beneficial bacteria. Water lettuce and water hyacinth are both particularly absorptive plants, and have even been used as pre-filters to waste water treatment systems.

Sand: More than 2,000 years ago, the Greeks and Romans used sand to filter the water of their bathhouses and pools. This technique is still used today to capture dirt and larger sediment, as it filters particles between 25-50 microns in size.

Oysters: Oysters are filter feeders that consume many harmful pollutants while feeding. An adult oyster can filter as much as 60 gallons of water a day. That's more than most reverse osmosis systems. In many contaminated waters, oyster reefs are constructed to purify the water in a natural way.

Coconut: When a coconut ripens, the water inside hardens into the white flesh that we all know as coconut. In the months before this happens, however, water is purified in the unripe coconut as it is passed between many fibers and kept sterile inside the nut. The result? A liquid brimming with electrolytes and second only to water itself in terms of purity. There is a reason many of today's water filters employ a coconut carbon block.

While water purification is indeed a natural occurrence, many contaminants found in water can hardly be described as such. The problem, of course, is that all the plants, sand, oysters and coconuts in the world could not rid the world of some of the chemicals found in your water. But by using modern filters that use some of nature's best filters, like sand and coconut, we can restore water to a more pure and natural state.

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April 6, 2009

Bottled Water, a Snail's Aphrodisiac?


There are many reasons not to drink bottled water. But I can think of none so disturbing as the possibility you might be drinking a snail's aphrodisiac. This according to a Wired Science article citing a German study that discovered snails bred at a much faster pace in water from plastic bottles than they did in water from glass bottles.

The study attributes this to the plastic bottles leaching active chemicals into the water - chemicals that mimic natural sex hormones. These hormones, however, apply to humans as well.

Now before you go touting the benefits of an aphrodisiac as inexpensive and readily-available as bottled water, think of the consequences. The xenohormone residue found in the study's water can lessen virility in boys and cause the early onset of puberty in girls.

So until I find snails reproducing in my kitchen sink, I'm going to continue filtering and drinking my home's tap water. It's much cheaper, ecologically responsible and, most importantly, I can rest easy knowing I'm not overpopulating the world with gastropods.

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April 1, 2009

The Time for Revolution is at Hand

Adorned in colonial waistcoats and tri-cornered hats, the men piloted their boat into Boston harbor to dump the unfairly priced beverages back into the rolling sea beneath. It was nothing short of a political revolt, an act of resistance urging the masses to take action against the injustices under which they had suffered for far too long.

We all recognize this scene as from the Boston Tea Party in 1773. But some Boston residents witnessed this demonstration just a week ago, and it wasn't tea and taxes that was being protested against: it was bottled water.

Activists from the Think Outside the Bottle campaign performed this demonstration to draw attention to United Nations World Water Day on March 22. More specifically, it was an effort to convince more people to drink tap water, rather than its comparatively overpriced and ecologically-irresponsible equivalent.

So, America, rise up against your oppressors! Know your enemy, bottled water, and choose your weapons wisely. Whether you are looking for faucet filters, Brita pitchers, or even undersink or reverse osmosis systems, Filters Fast has everything you need to fight the good fight!

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March 16, 2009

Tap'd Out: Is America Ready to Give up its Bottle?

Despite the many studies and reports exposing bottled water as nothing more than tap water, one man is proving that our country might not be ready to tap out just yet: even when the water is blatantly marketed as tap water.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on Craig Zucker, the founder of a new bottled water called Tap'd NY. As the name suggests, Tap'd NY takes as its source the same reservoirs and lakes that provide New York City with its tap water. The only real difference between the two? Price, of course, and one well marketed bottle.

A quick glance tells you this isn't your parents' bottled water. Rather than spell out the unnecessarily long word "Tapped," the company has chosen to eschew needless letters in favor of a simple apostrophe. It's a testament to the widely known fact that alternative spellings or abbreviated words just sell better.

The label also touts that "No glaciers were harmed in making this water."

To be fair, some of the nation's finest tap water does flow through New York City's faucets. But that begs the question--why would anyone buy Tap'd NY if they can get the very same water in their own home? A BPA-free plastic bottle or glass decanter allows you to take this water wherever you go.

If you live in an area with off-tasting tap water, there's a solution for that, too. You can filter the impurities from your tap water with any number of filtration systems, depending on the quality of your water. Our Brita pitcher systems, for example, are a great way to rid your water of the taste and odor of chlorine, as well as other contaminants.

The end result is water that often tastes better and is more healthy than its bottled counterpart, not to mention at a fraction of the cost. Better still, you won't be contributing to the millions of bottles that go unrecycled every year. You know, so you don't harm any glaciers while making your water.

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