Replace your furnace filters: Simply put, a dirty filter reduces airflow and heat, which can lead to expensive repairs. Check the air filter in your furnace and be sure to change it regularly (every 3 months or sooner depending on your homes air quality).
Check your roof: Inspect your roof for leaks. Even the smallest of leaks can cause thousands of dollars worth of roof repairs. Instead of using a ladder to inspect your roof, you can use binoculars to check for missing, cracked, or curled shingles safely from the ground. You can also call in a professional to check for any leaks. Catching any potential problems before they become major catastrophes can save you thousands of dollars.
Don’t forget your thermostat: Lowering your indoor temperature by about 10 degrees while you are asleep or at work can trim up to 15% off your heating bill, according to ConsumerReports.org. You can lower the temperature manually or install a programmable thermostat such as the Honeywell PRO 4000 Programmable Thermostat. This thermostat allows you to program the temperature in your home to comfortably fit your needs, while also saving you money by being energy efficient.
Clear gutter clogs: Gutters stuffed with leaves and other debris can let water spill over the side of your house, build over your homes foundation, and seep inside. If the gutters are not cleared regularly during the fall, then any water that freezes in the gutters can force ice and snow onto the roof shingles, causing leaks and damage. Use a gutter guard system to keep water in and leaves out.
Seal off leaks: Seal any leaks in your homes windows, walls, and ductwork. Use caulk, expandable sealant, foam board and weather stripping to plug leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other openings in your home. Plugging leaks around the home can lower your annual cooling and heating bills by more than $200.
Fall is a good time to get your house in order. You can’t ignore these home repairs around the house before winter comes. If you do, you’ll cost yourself time and money.
Poor air quality is a concern. Did you know that, on average, we breathe in 3,000 gallons of air each day? Throughout the day, you are breathing in tiny particles (invisible to the naked eye), without being aware of it. Have you ever stopped to think what these tiny particles are that you’re breathing in? Unfortunately due to negative air pollution health effects, we are confronted with the probability that we are hurting our overall health just by doing a simple (yet vital) task.
Air pollution can damage plants, trees, crops and lakes. It can also damage your body. Below are just some of the effects of air pollution as related to our overall health.
Irritation of the throat
Respiratory problems (especially for those with asthma)
Burning in the nose and eyes
Perhaps most frightening is that we are not just susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution while we are outside, but also while we are in the comforts of our own homes. In fact, indoor air quality is one of the top five risks to public health according to the EPA. Perhaps even more alarming is that 87% of American homeowners are not aware that the pollution outside may not be as bad as the pollution inside (this according to dosomething.org).
The reasons for this can vary from a lack of filtration to inadequate ventilation. Being a company that specializes on filtration, we naturally tend to focus on this part of the issue. However, this can make a huge difference. While you may not be able to make an immediate impact on air pollution on a national or even global scale (due to various laws, regulations, etc.) you can make an immediate impact on the air quality in your own home. Furnace filters capture debris, dust, and more from your air which improves your overall air quality. Beyond that however, failure to regularly replace furnace filters is generally the number one cause of furnace repairs. In addition, since your motor and furnace fan will have to work harder to push air through a clogged filter, your system consumes more energy to compensate causing you to spend more on your next bill.
You don’t have to deal with poor air quality at home. A furnace filter, and remembering to regularly replace it, can leave you breathing in fresh air.
You’re looking for a water pitcher for your home. You’re not just looking for any water pitcher however, you are looking for one that filters the contaminants out of the water you and your family drinks. So what do you do? First, you go to FiltersFast.com (where else?) and you begin to look up our vast line of water pitchers. Then, you get stuck. You see so many options from companies such as Brita, Filtrete, and PUR but you don’t know which one is best for you. I’m going to make this process simpler. There are three questions you need to consider before placing your order.
Does it fit your needs? If your family uses several gallons of water a day, you may need a pitcher with a large gallon capacity (such as ZeroWater 23-cup) to prevent constant refilling. Also, how long does the filter last? This can vary depending on usage and water quality, but it is an important factor to consider none the less.
What does it filter? Contaminant removal claims can vary from filter to filter. Make sure that your water pitcher filter (and any water filters in your house, such as in-house, RO, etc.) will remove the contaminants in your water supply. If you don’t know what’s in your water, you can request a Consumer Confidence Report (or CCR) from your local water utility. The EPA requires that water utilities provide a CCR to their customers every year. You may be able to find it posted on your local government website.
You can also consider a water test kit that will help identify problems with your water supply. This will give you a more assured feeling of what’s in your water and what water filter (water pitcher or not) would remove it.
What’s the price? This is tricky. Water pitcher filters remove harmful contaminants from your water supply and (subsequently) keep you and your family healthier. You can’t put a price tag on that. However, if you find that your water is relatively clean, then a $40 pitcher that removes contaminants you don’t currently have, may not be best for you. Instead, you could get by with the Culligan Water Pitcher priced at $15. You still get filtered water on hand at all times as you would with its peers.
Make a more informed decision when you buy a water pitcher filter. Be sure to take a look at the replacement filters your pitcher has and put them on Auto-Delivery for an additional 5% off your order so they will be delivered straight to your door at the frequency of your choosing.
Greg Shore is more than just an employee at FiltersFast.com. At the age of 25, he’s competed in swimming events, biking races and so much more. He’s a winner of two events this year alone and will be representing the United States in the upcoming London Triathlon World Championship on September 11, 2013. This is what he has a passion for in life and how he’s made living healthy and staying active a normal part of his everyday routine. Greg recently shared some awesome tips for staying healthy and active and now I’m passing these tips along to you.
Watch what you drink and eat
Avoid sugary drinks like sodas. Avoid unhealthy, fatty, and greasy foods. They will not do anything positive for your health. While it is always recommended to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, make sure the water that you are drinking is filtered. Whether it’s coming from your home refrigerator or a water bottle, it is important to have filtered water on hand at all times. Even if you live an on-the-go lifestyle, then filtered water is still possible. “Filtered water bottles are definitely my favorite,” says Greg. “Fill it up and when you drink it, it’s filtered.”
Don’t Overlook the Little Things
“It’s the little things you do that can make you a better athlete and a more healthy and active person.”-Greg Shore
Although drinking filtered water is a big part of living a healthy and active lifestyle, it is often the little things that can make a big difference. How so? Whether you’re training to run a triathlon or busy working, raising kids, etc., even the most minor of setbacks can throw you off quite a bit. While some setbacks are unavoidable, some health-related setbacks can be avoided by taking better care of our bodies. Beyond eating and drinking healthier, there are a few things Greg does to avoid health setbacks in his life that can easily be applied in your own life as well.
To prevent getting sick, Greg uses humidifiers (The Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifier) and air purifiers (the Holmes Mini Air Purifier) on a regular basis. The Holmes air purifier cleanses the air in his home (thereby preventing him from breathing in any airborne allergens such as dust mites, pollen, etc.) while the Vicks Ultrasonic humidifier is invaluable for cough and cold relief, sinus issues and much more.
Stay Determined. Don’t Give Up
Living a healthy and active lifestyle is bound to get difficult at times, especially if you’re just starting out. But Greg says if you stick with it, the benefits will far outweigh anything else. “We make work a priority in our lives. It should be like that when it comes to some sort of exercise. You work for a living, and to live you need to have some form of physical activity.” As a person who works a full-time job, Greg knows that juggling work, home responsibilities and more can often come into direct conflict with working out on a regular basis. To combat this, set up a regular workout routine either before work, during lunch breaks, or after work. Once you set up a schedule that works best for you, don’t stray from it. If you’re a beginner at exercise, try something simple. “Walk every other day (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for 30 minutes, and walk the elliptical on Tuesday and Thursday for 30 minutes. Then take the weekend off.” As you stick with the simple exercise routine, you can then progress from there to more strenuous activities (such as walking for 1 hour three days out of the week).
The overall importance of staying healthy
Living a healthy and active lifestyle does more than just benefit your health. It allows you to keep doing the things you love and continue to be there for the ones you love. Using water and air filtration to help you avoid setbacks can prove invaluable in the long run whether you’re training as a triathlete or just exercising for greater personal satisfaction.
FiltersFast.com is proud to sponsor Greg Shore in the London Triathlon World Championship from September 11- 15, 2013. On Wednesday September 11, he will participate in the Aquathon World Championship (1500m swim/10K run). He will then compete in the Sprint Triathlon World Championship (750m swim/12.5 mile bike/3.1 mile run) on Friday September 13. Longtime readers of The Filtered Files will recognize him from previous videos he has starred in, such as the one below. Be sure to LIKE Shore to Shore: Greg’s Trek to London for updates on his progress in London, blogs, photos, videos and much more!
Humidifiers have many benefits to the health and wellness of your family. There are 5 main benefits to having a humidifier.
Maintain your health: Did you know that one of the perfect breeding grounds for viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms is dry air? Humidifiers make it easy to maintain an ideal humidity level in the home, making it one of the most overlooked preventative measures against getting sick during the winter.
Valuable for your home: Low indoor humidity causes wood flooring to dry out, separate and crack, wood furniture to crack and split, and wallpaper to peel. Chances are you put valuable dollars towards these household items and would like to see them last as long as possible without getting damaged.
Saves you money: A little known fact about dry air: it feels cooler than humidified air. The colder you feel during the winter, the more likely you are to run your furnace. Conversely, the warmer you feel, the less likely you are to run the furnace. This saves you money.
Helps you sleep better: One of the most well-known benefits of humidifiers is snoring relief. Due to the humidity moisturizing the respiratory system, the loudness and intensity of snoring is greatly reduced. Even more so, moist air keeps mucus membranes from becoming dry which is a primary reason for sore throat and stuffy nose. It also helps babies sleep better as well. Humidified air can reduce dust and the drying of the air passages. A baby will sleep better in a humidified environment.
Benefits your skin: Dry air is often one of the main culprits for dry skin. Proper indoor humidity can prevent and relieve scratchy and dry skin.
Having a humidifier in your home is beneficial for you and everyone living in the house. When it comes to purchasing a humidifier, always look to see what benefits it will provide for you and/or your family. Over the years, humidifiers from Crane have left our customers the most satisfied.
The Drop Shape Crane Humidifier (available in a variety of colors) provides relief for symptoms associated with the flu, colds, and coughs. The indoor moisture it will provide for your home makes it easier to breathe, provides relief of nasal congestion, sinus irritation and other issues. The Crane Drop Shape is made for room sizes up to 250 square feet and has an adjustable mist output so it can be set at the settings most comfortable for you.
For children, we suggest the Starry Night Humidifier by Vicks. It produces cool moisture for medium-sized rooms so your child can experience easier breathing and a better nights rest. It features two output settings for a customized operation, is useful for cold and cough relief, and helps with respiratory and congestion issues. The Starry Night Projector (independently controlled) transforms an ordinary room into a starry night sky that is sure to bring delightment to your child.
We also offer humidifiers from Honeywell, Holmes, Vicks and more. Check out our list of portable home humidifiers for a list of all the humidifiers that will be right for your home.
As any outdoor loving person will tell you, having the essential supplies on hand before embarking on your trip is a necessity. After all, the thought of being stranded in the outdoors without the proper supplies is daunting, to say the least. One of the most critical items you will need is a way to filter the harmful water that you could run across in lakes, rivers, and streams. When this situation arises, you don’t want a filter that will not give you what you need. What you need is the longest lasting, most rugged microfilter available: the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter.
Backed by a lifetime warranty, the Katadyn Endurance is perfect for even the most extreme circumstances. Use it for camping, expeditions, or professional use. It doesn’t matter, the reliability and durability makes this a dream come true for any outdoor lover. By producing up to 100 times more water than most water filters, the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter is anything but standard.
All of these reasons are why FiltersFast.com has proudly carried the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter for many years.
Why risk relying on a filter that may not give you what you need? The Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter gives you that and more with a durability that is rivaled by few. Join the millions who have already experienced the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter and order yours today to have it delivered straight to your door.
Every Friday for an indefinite amount of time, we will give away a free prize to one lucky Facebook Fan of FiltersFast.com. This prize will be announced every Friday at 3 PM EST. This prize will be different every week, so always stay tuned to see what the exciting prize will be! To be eligible to win, LIKE us on Facebook!
Winners will be chosen at random but to increase your chances of being chosen, there are a few things to consider:
We have almost 10,000 members in the FiltersFast.com Facebook Family, so how can you stand out to increase your chance of winning?
Interact/engage with us throughout the week. We post daily. So LIKE, Share, Comment, Say what you love most about the company for extra consideration
You must LIKE our Facebook page to be considered. Interacting with us through the week gives extra consideration for winning so don’t be shy and express yourself!
If you are chosen as a winner, you will not be eligible for another free giveaway for 1 month.
Winner will be announced on Fridays at 3:00 PM EST.
Winner will have 1 week to email firstname.lastname@example.org with name and complete mailing address so their prize can be shipped out.
Please include both your real name and your Facebook name (if they are different) if chosen as the winner to help prevent any confusion.
Do not send over any personal information (mailing address, phone number, etc.) unless you are the chosen winner.
Freebie Fridays starts Friday August 9, 2013 and will run indefinitely. Check our Facebook page often for trivia, teasers, and other great content that will be posted daily. Remember, interacting with this content will increase your chances of winning. For the month of August we are giving away 3M home supplies for FREE. Winners will be announced Fridays at 3:00 PM EST.
“Should I filter tap water?” is a question that I get a lot. The answer is always yes. The amount of chemicals commonly found in tap water is alarming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there are over 2,000 contaminants that could be in your tap water. Some of the most dangerous tap water chemicals are:
Lead: Commonly entering tap water through corroded pipes, lead can cause great harm to your health. According to some studies, lead in drinking water can be especially dangerous to children and pregnant mothers. Studies through the years have also shown that lead poisoning can cause developmental delays and learning disorders.
Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Many point to these common types of protozoa for the cause of gastro-intestinal diseases. These contaminants will almost certainly end up in the water system when there has been a sanitation breakdown.
Chlorine: Perhaps the most controversial of the water contaminants, it also could be the most prevalent chemical found in the water system. It is commonly used for sanitation purposes to kill off any harmful bacteria in the water supply. However, according to healthguidance.org, it has recently been linked to some cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers.
What can you do to avoid these problems?
It may seem like perfect sense to turn to bottled water, in fact, millions do every year. However, there are a myriad of issues with bottled water. The plastic that many brands of bottled water are shipped in contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA. Once these chemicals come in contact with the water inside the bottle, the chemicals become absorbed by the water. Once you drink it, you are ingesting harmful chemicals to your body. Even more so, bottled water is essentially tap water in a bottle. In fact, there are harsher restrictions against the water coming from your local water supplier than there is on bottled water companies. The best solution to avoid these problems is through the use of water filtration. Water filters act as an important barrier between you and the over 2,000 known chemicals in drinking water. Without this “road block” in place, harmful contaminants will have free access to your body including the organs, intestinal tract, and more.
This largely depends on the type of chemicals in your drinking water. Some areas experience better water quality than others. It is best to use a water test kit to see exactly what is in your drinking water in a convenient and inexpensive manner.
As for water filter options, there are no shortage to choose from. Water pitcher filters provide clean, filtered water on hand at all times in the convenience of a water pitcher. Refrigerator water filters are critical in reducing water contaminants before they reach your body. Whole-house water filters provide filtered water through the entire house, which means clean water running through your faucet, shower and more. Faucet filters are convenient and so are reusable water bottle filters for filtered water wherever you are.
Reverse osmosis filtration is currently the highest quality filter system that you can use to remove dissolved contaminants from your water. The price per gallon of a reverse osmosis system is just penny’s per gallon, and is a great way to drink and cook with healthy water.
Have any questions? Feel free to leave your question in the comment selection below and I will be glad to assist you.
Water dehydration is a very serious concern. Water dehydration occurs when the body does not take in enough water to replace the amount that it loses on a daily basis (through perspiration and excretion). Once this happens, you can begin to experience some serious (and potentially) life threatening dehydration symptoms. Prevent dehydration by knowing dehydration signs to look for.
What are the dehydration signs?
(According to mayoclinic.com)
Mild to moderate cases of dehydration are likely to cause:
Sticky mouth, dry mouth
Dizziness or lightheadedness
For extreme (or severe) dehydration, you can experience:
Lack of sweating
Rapid breathing, heartbeat
Low blood pressure
Very dry skin, mouth and mucus membranes
Little to no urination
No tears when crying
Extreme sleepiness and fussiness in infants, children; irritability and confusion in adults
Delirium or unconsciousness (in more serious cases)
How much water to drink a day?
Drink. More. Water. The recommended amount of water to drink is eight 8 oz. glasses a day (the 8 by 8 rule). However, this amount can vary depending on various circumstances such as weight, age, how active you are and any medication you may be on. It is best to know about your own body’s needs for fluids and to remember that you need to replace the amount of water that you lose during the day (through perspiration, urine, breathing, bowel movements). Drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication. <—Tweet this!
How can I drink more water?
Carrying water with you may be the most convenient option as that gives you the ability of drinking water wherever you are. Vapur offers a line of reusable water bottles (read our Vapur Water Bottles Review) that are perfect for on-the-go use and can be stored practically anywhere. Filtered water pitchers (such as the Brita Bella Water Pitcher) are also a good choice as it gives you clean water whenever you are at home. In addition, set up daily reminders (leave a note on the refrigerator) and opt for water instead of soft drinks throughout the day.
Dehydration prevention is vital especially during periods of intense heat. Be more conscious to drink more water no matter what time of year it is. As a general rule, don’t wait to drink water when you get thirsty. Do it beforehand. Do you have any tips on how to drink more water during the day?
Ceramic filters are useful because it filters out a diversity of contaminants that may be present in drinking water, while keeping the essential minerals needed for good health intact. Around 99.88% of contaminants known to cause sickness or illness are filtered out by ceramic water filters. The line of ceramic water filters from Doulton® stands out from the rest.
According to Tim Evans, Business Development Executive for Doulton® Water Filters:
“The ceramic is actually micro-porous. When you look at it, you see ceramic, but if you were to put it under a microscope, you would see a range of microscopic pores that very small, less than 1 micron in diameter. What that means is that water can pass through, but the contaminants in the water can’t.”
The ability for water to flow freely, while keeping contaminants at bay is the chief reason why you should invest in Doulton® ceramic water filters. By installing a ceramic filter in your home, you will filter out the chlorine and taste in your drinking water, leaving you with better tasting and a higher quality of water.
Within the ceramic filters is a carbon block filter that is designed specifically to remove any dissolved chemicals from water, such as chlorine, which is generally responsible for taste and odor in tap water. This taste and odor is a common reason why many choose to stay away from their tap water. However, its alternative (bottled water) is not any better.
Doulton® filters are both easy to use and simple to clean. As long as you have water pressure, the ceramic water filter will operate at highly efficient levels. Many filters, such as the Sterasyl Ceramic Filter Candle and the Imperial Sterasyl Ceramic Filter, are reusable which allows you to extend the life of your ceramic filter. Brush off the outer layer of contaminants under running water with a small brush to wash off the filters.
We recently caught up with Doulton® at WQA 2013 in Indianapolis and got to know them in an even better way. Watch the video below for first-hand information along with tips for choosing the right ceramic filter to fit your needs.
After being in business for 180 years, Doulton has plenty of experience in providing quality water filtration. Quality is exactly why choosing Doulton® is a wise choice.