Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Filtration System

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Part of owning your own swimming pool is maintenance.  It may not be glamorous, but it has to be done if you wish to keep everything in operating order and wish to extend the life of your investment. A major aspect of pool maintenance is your filtration system.  A whole host of problems can occur if you neglect your filters.  These are some of the most common:

  • Pool water becomes murky.  There are certainly other reasons this can occur, but after ruling them out by testing your pool water chemistry and making sure your water cycling feature is running long enough, you should check the filter.  Is it dirty?  Does it fit properly?
  • Filter (and/or housing) is leaking.  You hear a dripping sound or notice water beside the system. Although your pool will probably not leak all of the water out, this can still be an annoying problem.  You may need to check and repair the belly band on a split tank type of filter.  Also, drain plugs are also known to leak, so make sure to maintain these as well.  If your filter housing has a hole in it, replacement is your only option.
  • Filter seems to be washing debris back into the pool.  This is likely a backwash valve issue.  Make sure to inspect all of the valves and fittings for damage and repair or replace as needed.

There are 3 major types of filtration systems.  Here are general maintenance guidelines for each:

  1. Sand Filter: This type should be backwashed whenever sand pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  The frequency depends of how heavily the pool is used.  A lightly used home pool may only need once each week.  Additionally, the sand should be changed every 3-5 years, again depending on use.
  2. Cartridge Filter: Should be cleaned when pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  After safely removing filter, simply use a standard garden hose to spray out debris.  If the water alone does not remove embedded dirt and debris, it may be necessary to use specially formulated filter cleaner.  If this doesn’t work, you will need to replace the filter.
  3. DE Filter: Backwash when pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  If this is needed more than every 3-4 weeks, then you may need to clean your filter.  Cleaning is needed generally twice during the season.  After backwashing, disassemble filter and all parts, clean with your garden hose, cleaner (as needed) or replace.

Maintaining your swimming pools’ filtration system is of utmost importance. Yes it can get messy and it’s not always fun, but by adhering to maintenance guidelines for cleaning and replacing filters, you can relax and enjoy your pool all season long.

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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.

Stay Warm This Winter Polar Vortex… Stylish Designer Space Heaters

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Photo Courtesy of: The Independent

Have you noticed that it’s a little chilly this winter?  Thanks to a weather phenomenon called the “Polar Vortex” much of the US has been in a deep freeze and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.  With temperatures colder than they have been for decades, many people are experiencing record breaking lows.

All of this cold weather has led me to think about ways to stay warm. As for myself, my best tip for staying warm during this brutal winter is simple; stay inside!  That’s right. Nothing keeps you warm like being in your nice toasty living room while the weather outside is frightful.  A warm cup of cocoa, coffee or hot tea… sounds nice, right?

One problem you might have noticed lately is that with temps this low and the wind howling like a ferocious beast, sometimes it is hard to keep your room as warm as you would like.  Sure you can crank up the furnace, but systems have to work extremely hard to keep up with the frigid temps outside; which just leads to higher energy consumption and higher bills for you.  One simple solution is to invest in a space heater.

I am very fond of the highly economical Crane Convection Heater.  This is not your parent’s old space heater!  This is an energy efficient product, available in 3 modern colors, that does not make the air drier.  It uses convection heat circulation, not the

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standard heat coils of a radiant heater.   Convection heaters offer one major benefit over radiant space heaters and that is that they heat
the entire room by circulating the air, verses only heating the immediate surrounding space. This particular, stylish heater features auto shut-off, a 24-hour programmable timer, whisper quiet operation, as well as dual output options which allow you to heat either a small or large room.

I understand that we cannot spend the next 2 months holed up inside. Life does go on… work, school, basketball games, downhill skiing, shoveling the sidewalk etc. So if you must venture outside, a science based report on TheWeek.com suggests the following tips:

  1. Stay dry.
  2. Protect your core (insulate your torso).
  3. Cover up as much skin as possible.
  4. Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  5. Drink water.

After you are finished with your mandatory time outdoors, return to your cozy nest. Turn on your Crane Convection space heater. Grab a warm beverage and put on a pair of fuzzy slippers. Grab a blanket (preferably the one with sleeves), and spend the rest of the evening contemplating Spring!

Visit FiltersFast.com for a variety of cost effective space heaters.