About Kory

You'll see me writing on a variety of topics, but they all come back to two basic things: water and air. I become more of an expert as I write, and I hope that you will too! In this industry you'll see a lot of jargon. I'll do my best to filter through it to show you exactly how clean water and air impacts your life. So sit back, enjoy and thank you for visiting The Filtered Files!

How to Avoid Pollen Health Effects

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It’s that time of year when you walk outside and your car is covered by yellow dust. Also that time of year when you’re outside for 30 seconds and you start sneezing (not fun, is it?)

Pollen negatively affects human health in a variety of ways. When the pollen count is high, many experience:

  • Runny and/or stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Respiratory problems such as asthma.

These symptoms could be contributed to a pollen allergy, typically referred to as hay fever.

Weeds, grasses, trees, and some shrubs are the common culprits for pollen. Weeds have commonly been determined to be the most productive of pollen producers and are identified as the plant that causes the most allergies.

How does pollen cause my symptoms?

When pollen is inhaled through the nose and throat, the body experiences an immune response that results in hay fever, because it attaches to the cells and creates histamine. It is this releasing of histamine that causes the symptoms of pollen allergy.

How can I avoid pollen?

The most overlooked way to avoid pollen is a simple change of your home air filter. Air filters are proven to reduce many of the common airborne contaminants, such as pollen, from the air you breathe. In addition to changing your air filter on a regular basis, here are some other things you can do to avoid pollen this spring:

  1. Stay indoors, being sure to keep windows closed during high pollen counts
  2. Wash hair before going to bed at night to avoid sleeping in pollen that accumulated in the air during the day
  3. Make sure outdoor pets are bathed before coming inside. This can prohibit the distribution of pollen on furniture and carpets
  4. Consider the use of an air purifier in your home for more protection from pollen and other contaminants such as dust mites and viruses

*Tips taken from ehow.com*

This spring, you don’t have to let pollen get the best of you. By regularly replacing the air filters around the home and being more mindful of local pollen counts, you can find yourself winning the battle against pollen.

How to Change Your In-Home Furnace Air Filter?

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Changing your HVAC filter (furnace filter, air filter, A/C filter, etc.) is one of the most critical things you can do in your home. It is also one of the easiest.

1. Locate/remove the vent cover. Some HVAC systems will place the filter in the intake. This will look like a large ventilation grate in a wall, ceiling, or floor. Some systems will have the filter inside the unit itself. Find out which one is yours before proceeding further.

2. Take note of the direction the air filter goes into the unit by observing the direction of the arrows. Air filters are designed to filter the air from one direction. If it is placed in the wrong direction, the filter will fall apart or collapse as it loads with dirt, dust, etc. Note: the air filter arrows should always point in the direction the air is flowing. If you do not see any arrows on the filter, it does not matter which direction it points.

3. Take out the old filter. When doing so, place it into a bag to avoid getting dust onto the ground.

4. Place in the new filter with the arrows facing the same way as the previous filter.

5. Replace the vent cover and any clips used to hold the air filter in place.

Additional tips:

- To determine the correct filter to buy, look at your old filter. It will be labeled with dimensions

- Change the filter on a regular basis. It is advised to change them every 3 months

- If air from your furnace still appears dusty, look up a local service that will vacuum and brush out your furnace ducts

That’s it. Changing your home air filter is easy and takes less than 3 minutes of your time. It is best to check your filter on a monthly basis, and replace it when it is dirty (generally, it should be replaced every 3 months). It is always advisable to have some extras on hand so you are ready to go for your next air filter change.

4 Simple and Money-Saving Tips Every New Homeowner Should Do

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You just bought a new home. Congratulations! You’ve unpacked your boxes and belongings, and you’ve just started getting settled in to your new residence. Right now is a great opportunity to make a to-do-list. Not the dreaded kind of list full of things you don’t really want to do, but the kind of list that saves you time and money down the road. Nothing is difficult and won’t require a lot of time so let’s jump right in.

Replace/Install Water Filters: Replacing refrigerator filters, under sink filters, whole home filters, etc., is critical to keeping a steady flow of clean water through your new home. The best time to buy your water filter is right now, the longer you wait the more likely it could slip your mind. The most common water filter used today is the refrigerator water filter. This without a doubt will need to be replaced. To replace:

1. Locate the model number of your current fridge filter (this can be found on the filter itself or you can look it up via your refrigerators model number instead)

2. Find your model number here

3. Place the order.

4. Be sure to follow all guidelines for installing your refrigerator filter which usually takes no more than 5 minutes. Use this blog as an additional tool to use.

If you don’t have a filter in your refrigerator, you can look up your refrigerator water filter by the make and model of your refrigerator.

Check the insulation: Take a look around your attic to see how much insulation you have. According to the simpledollar.com, there should be at least six inches (or more in the northern part of the US) of insulation. If there isn’t, you need to consider installing more insulation for your home. Adequate insulation can reduce maintenance and energy cost of your home, so don’t overlook this important step. It will also help your heating/cooling system not work as hard, which in turn will reduce the strain of your system and air filter.

Check faucets, toilets, and under-sink plumbing for leaks: Before you get too settled in to your new home, check for leaks. Any leaks you notice should be fixed immediately. Keep in mind that the more your faucet (or toilet, under-sink plumbing, etc.) leaks, the more money you waste. A good time to check for leaks is whenever you are installing a water filter around your home. This could also cause an unpleasant occurrence of mold in the home.

Replace your furnace filter: You will always need to replace your furnace filter when you first move in.

1. Locate where your filter is (Tip: look for the vent cover which look like a large ventilation grate in a wall, ceiling, or floor.)

2. Take the measurements of the opening

3. Order your air filter here

4. Install it by removing the old air filter and putting the new air filter in its place.

An old filter has a negative impact on air flow and reduces the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. It also filters poorly meaning that you have a low quality of air circulating throughout your home.

Make things easier on yourself: As a new homeowner (or any working adult), you’re busy with day-to-day life and don’t necessarily have time to worry about the smaller tasks in life. That’s okay. Make it easier on yourself and your wallet by ordering your refrigerator filters, and air filters from FiltersFast.com. By joining our Auto Delivery Program (free to join, free to cancel) you’ll not only get 5% off but will also have your filters delivered to you at a recurring basis (meaning that you decide how often you want us to deliver your filters to you). That means you don’t have to worry about ordering them again.

Buying a new home is great, and once these tasks are out of the way, you can really enjoy your new home and all it has to offer.