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!

The Filter Cheat Sheet

Ever wondered how often you should change your refrigerator water filter? How often you should change your furnace filter? Look no further!

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How to Change Your Furnace Filter: Find out the proper way to change your furnace filter, including finding out the direction in which the air filter arrows should point.

What Happens if I Don’t Change My Air Filter? Is changing your air filter really necessary? What happens if I don’t change it? You’ll find out.

The W3 Challenge

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Join us as we make a difference! Join the W3 Project group on My Fitness Pal to take The W3 Challenge!

What is the challenge?

5 miles a day for 2 weeks. Each mile will provide clean water to a child for one year. Walk, run, swim, dance, bike…every mile counts! Log your activity into My Fitness Pal in The W3 Project group so we can track your progress.

How does it work?

1. Join the W3 Project Group.
2. Accept a friend request from The W3 Project.
3. Be sure your cardio activity displays in your feed.
4. Be sure your feed displays to friends.
5. Log your activities each day.
6. For every mile (or 100 calories) you move, we, Filtersfast.com, will raise $1 on your behalf to provide a child with clean water for a whole year!

*For the purposes of this challenge, every 100 calories will equal 1 mile. So 500 calories burned,will equal 5 miles walked.

What do i win?

Everyone who successfully completes the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a Fitbit Flex! There will be at least 1 challenge a month with prizes given. We will be updating this space with each new challenge and exciting updates on winners. Stay tuned and stay fit!

The W3 Project donates $1 to Wine to Water for every mile you move. Each mile will provide clean water to a child for one year. Get fit and save the world! :)

Take the challenge!

Hard Water: What is it and How to Reduce It

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According to the WQA (Water Quality Association), the most common problem reported by consumers throughout the US is hard water. According to a U.S. Geological Survey, hard water is present in more than 85% of the country. Yikes!

What causes hard water

More than 60% of the earth’s water is groundwater. As it travels through soil and rock, it picks up minerals (including magnesium and calcium) along the way. These two contaminants (calcium and magnesium) produce hardness in water. Generally, hardness is measured in grains per gallon (gpg).  For example, if a water test indicates a range of 1.0 to 3.5 gpg, the water is considered slightly hard. If the measurement is greater than 10.5 gpg, the water is rated as being very hard.

How to know if you have hard water

  1. Clogged pipes and appliances is a common sign of hard water. Hard water mineral deposits can build up in pipes or plumbing equipment, coffee makers, and more. You may notice a reduced water flow.
  2. You may notice a film on their shower tiles or bathtubs, or even on yourself. The film that is left often results in additional scrubbing and scouring of the affected fixtures, and can cause hair to be dull and limp, and dry the skin. Also, your water heating costs could increase as a result of hard water. Hard water mineral deposits can form an insulating barrier between the heating element and the water to be heated.
  3. The calcium and magnesium in hard water negatively act on many detergents and soaps causing a reduction in their cleaning capabilities. The soapy residue they form can be abrasive and reduce the life of clothing.

How to solve your hard water problem

To solve the problem of hard water in your home, filtration will be the most effective approach. By investing in a water softening system, it will “swap out” the excessive magnesium and calcium (as well as other hard water minerals present) for sodium ions. These ions will decrease the negative effects of hard water in your home.

Three main parts make up water softeners:

  1. Resin bed: Made up of small bead-like materials. The beads will attract and hold positively charged ions(such as sodium), but will exchange them whenever it encounters another positively charged ion such as magnesium and calcium.
  2. Resin tank: Contains the resin bed
  3. Brine tank: Holds the dissolved salt solution that is necessary to “regenerate” the resin (i.e to reverse the ion exchange operation). The salt will force the magnesium and calcium ions to be released, where they are then discharged as waste during the backwashing cycle. The beads will then be ready to once again attract hardness ions from the water.

Conclusion

Chances are you’ll come face to face with hard water and some point in time, but with the right tools, you can reduce the chances of it being a consistent nuisance in your home.