Some Things You May Not Have Known About Your Air Filter

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Do you know if you are using the best air filter for your home’s heating/cooling system?  Most people don’t really understand the differences between the cheap air filters and the higher quality ones. The main purpose for a filter is to protect your HVAC equipment, while improving the indoor air quality in your home. The type of air filter you are using makes a big difference in the air quality you and your family continually breathe in every day, as well as how efficient your unit is working

Are you using those cheap blue air filters?

If you are using the less expensive blue fiberglass filters, chances are more dirt and dust is going into your system. Over time the duct and dust will either stay somewhere in your system or circulate right back into your home. Not only is it unhealthy, but can increase your maintenance bills and cause costly repair bills.

What is the best air filter I should be using?

The best air filter you should be using is one that offers the highest level of efficiency without damaging your HVAC system.  Just because you are using the most efficient filter out there, does not necessarily mean it is the right one for your home. The age of your HVAC system also needs to be considered when purchasing a filter with a MERV rating.

What are MERV ratings?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Rating Value. A MERV rating is a numerical value ranging from 1 (lowest efficiency) to 16 (highest efficiency). The number tells you how well the filter captures and holds dust and dirt of a specified sized range. If you have an older HVAC system, you should probably not be using a filter higher than a MERV 11. Most of the older systems should use a filter with a MERV rating of only 8 or lower. Always make sure to choose a filter rating that corresponds to the requirement of your HVAC system.

What are microns?

Airborne particles are described as microns. Particles that range from 0.3 to 0.9 microns present the most health concerns. This is because they are so small that they get past the tiny hairs in our breathing passages and are too large to be exhaled. Examples include dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and mold spores.

0.1 to 0.3 micron Dust mites and allergens
0.3 to 1 micron Tobacco smoke, metallic fumes and bacteria such as staphylococcus
1 to 5 microns Bacteria and small dust particles
5 to 10 microns Mold, pollen, medium dust particles
10 microns + Large dust particles

If you have decided that you may be using the wrong air filter for your home’s HVAC system, simply visit www.filtersfast.com to find the right filter!

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Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. We’ll be more than happy to assist you!

What Can Happen If I Don’t Change My Refrigerator Water Filter?

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Have you ever sat down, with a nice glass of ice tea or ice water (or maybe a nice drink on the rocks) after coming home from work and noticed a strange taste?  And even the smell is, well, just not right?  Chances are you have not changed your water filter in your refrigerator recently!

Changing your filter approximately every 6 months guarantees you great tasting ice and water from your refrigerator. The life of the filter really depends on the quantity of contaminants in your water as well as how much water you and your family are drinking.

The filter is there to clean the water of pollutants and sediment that has traveled through your pipes and then to your refrigerator.  By simply replacing your filter on a regular basis, you can avoid drinking unwanted chemicals, particles and bacteria, which can cause or lead to serious health problems.

Another good reason to change your water filter regularly is to prevent scaling and deposit build up that can cause damage to your refrigerator.  A dirty filter not only restricts the water flow, but also allows all of the “junk” to remain in your drinking water or ice.

Check to see if you have a refrigerator with a warning light that changes colors or comes on when it is time for a replacement.  This is a great reminder that it’s time to change the filter!

Now that you realize that it’s time to replace your refrigerator filter, click on www.filtersfast.com.  You will be able to find the perfect fit for your refrigerator.  After you have replaced it, you can feel confident that you and your family are drinking clean water!

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3 Major Benefits of Using Water Filters – Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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There was a time when I drank water straight from the tap and didn’t think anything of it. Once I started realizing the issues that tap water can present (harmful bacteria, high chlorine levels, bad taste and smell, etc.) I jumped to bottled water. That didn’t last long, as it is very expensive after a while. Once I realized that bottled water companies have fewer regulations than those governing tap water, it became a definite no-no for me.  It wasn’t until after l I jumped from tap water, moved to bottled water, and stopped using bottled water that I finally arrived at the most cost effective and healthiest option—water filters.

It took me a long time to arrive at this solution but it doesn’t have to take you as long. Below are some of the biggest benefits of using water filters in your home.

1. They provide better smelling and better tasting drinking water by reducing bacterial contaminants and chlorine. One of the biggest complaints about tap water is its taste and/or smell (you may have that concern about your own tap water). Bottled water may seem like a better option, but when you factor in the cost and consider that it is essentially the same as tap water, you will soon realize that this may be the biggest benefit of water filters.

2. Drinking filtered, clean water protects the body from disease and can lead to greater health. In addition, water filters provide healthy and clean water for cooking as well.

3. It costs way less than you think. First off, let’s tackle bottled water. The cost of bottled water goes way beyond what you pay to buy it (which itself adds up after only a little while). It also takes an estimated 17 million barrels of oil per year to make the plastic bottles (according to onegreenplanet.org) and takes even more energy to have it transported throughout the world. Take into account that 80% of bottled water ends up in landfills and you see the problem. Water filters on the other hand (when you buy from FiltersFast.com) are as low as $18.99 for refrigerator water filters (and even lower for other types of water filters), can be delivered automatically to your door at the frequency of your choosing, and can even be recycled.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of benefits of water filters, but these are why I believe you should consider using water filtration in your home. Refrigerator filters, whole house filters, faucet filters, countertop filters and more are all options to choose from to get filtered water in your house.