4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Washing Machine and Dryer

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If you’re like many people, chances are your washer and dryer gets used frequently. You can make a case that these are among the most important appliances in your home. This is why maintenance is extremely important. Below are four easy ways to maintain your washing machine and dryer.

1.)    Don’t forget the water filter. How often do you stop to think about the filter that is inside your washing machine? A problem area for all washing machines is the need to clean the inlet valve screen for sediment buildup. As this screen gets contaminated, the cold water flow slows which adds extended time to the wash cycle and distorts the water temperature. In order to combat this problem, you will need a Washing Machine Sediment Filter for the sole intent of removing solid sediment prior to reaching the screen destination. The Inline Water Filters Washing Machine Water Filter can be used for all washing machines and traps 98% of solids. It is also composed of a 5 stage filtration process which ensures that sediment buildup will not be a problem for your washing machine. This filter can be used for both hot and cold water lines and works with temperatures up to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.)    Clean the inside of your washing machine. Did you know that each time you run your washing machine, residue and other minerals will build up? Over time, this can cause damage and unpleasant odors. To prevent this, use the Summit Washer Magic Washing Machine Cleaner. This cleaner effectively cleans washing machines to reduce residue, detergent, mineral and odor build-up that bleach cannot. This comes in an easy to use 12 ounce formula that is compatible with both traditional top load and High Efficiency (HE) washing machines.

3.)    Change the lint filter. One of the most important things you can do to maintain your dryer is to change the lint filter before each load. Lint filters such as the Whirlpool/Kenmore Dryer Lint Filter Screen will trap the lint from your clothes and keep your dryer running efficiently and smoothly. Failure to change your lint filter can result in a longer time to dry your clothes and a higher energy bill. For a complete list of lint filters we carry, go to Filtersfast.com and type in Lint Filters in the search box.

4.)    Check all hoses and their connections to the machine and the faucet. If you see that a hose has a rip in it, change it immediately. This is a sign that the hose is about to burst. You should check these hoses monthly and tighten any loose fittings.

As with many household appliances, be sure to keep a regular maintenance schedule for your washing machine and dryer. Regular maintenance will keep this important commodity running smoothly and efficiently.

5 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

 

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The hot weather is here. While many of us may have wished for hotter temperatures when the polar vortex blew through, some of us may have reconsidered after stepping outside lately. In an effort to help you beat the heat, here are 5 ways to stay cool.

1.)    Stay hydrated- This may be a no brainer for many, but the number of people who don’t stay properly hydrated is alarming. It is always best to drink water to stay hydrated, instead of sodas or any other drink. This heat makes it extremely important to have access to water wherever you are. This is why a reusable water bottle such as the Brita Bottle Water Purifier will be great to use. This Brita bottle gives you filtered water perfect for on-the-go use. You can also recycle the Brita filter that is inside this bottle.

2.)    Adjust your AC- During these hot summer months the air conditioner may be your best friend. Typically, you will want your air conditioning unit adjusted to a temperature of 72 degrees during the summer. You may also want a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set home temperatures according to different factors and will save you money in the long run. We suggest the Honeywell FocusPro 6000 which is easy to use and features precise comfort control. This will also be a good time to conduct routine maintenance for your air conditioner so it doesn’t break down at an inopportune time.

3.)    Limit outdoor activity as much as possible- Sometimes one of the simplest ways to beat the heat is to limit any outdoor activity to early morning and evening hours when the temperatures are not at their peak.

4.)    Learn your body’s cooling spots- Did you know there are certain spots on your body that allow you to cool off quickly? Neck, wrists, top of your feet and inside of your ankles are great cooling spots for your body. Just put your ice pack (or whatever you use to cool off) on these areas and you will cool off in no time. Why does this work? Two words-pulse points. These are areas where you can feel your pulse because your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. Because they are close, you can also cool off your blood and body temperature by getting the area in contact with cool water.

5.)    Eat cool- There’s a reason why ice cream sales are higher in July than any other month. So what better and more delicious way is there to beat the heat than eating a frozen treat? Cool yourself from the inside out by eating ice cream, popsicles or any other frozen delight. You will feel a lot cooler afterwards.

What tips do you have to beat the heat this summer? Share your suggestions below.