Water Testing Kits….I Drink Tap Water! Is it Safe?

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After being overwhelmed with fancy bottled water at every turn, my family still chooses to drink tap water.  The decision was reached from a financial and environmental standpoint, as well as basic convenience.  After realizing the impact that disposable water bottles are having on the environment, and learning that the average American family spends nearly $100/ year, per person on those bottles and knowing that I can walk to my kitchen faucet for free, it was really a no-brainer for us.

These days, when you admit to drinking tap water, you must be ready to defend yourself.  In addition to the common sense aspects mentioned above, you must also know indisputably that your water is clean and healthy.  Contaminates in drinking water are no joke.  Our first priority should always be to keep our families safe.  One thing we can do is determine what exactly is coming out of your tap.  The easiest way to accomplish this is with a home Water Testing Kit.

There are a variety of kits to choose from. No expensive equipment is required and they are generally easy to use and provide quick results. Some kits are specific to either city water or well water. Some are all-inclusive meaning thtest-kit-lg-plainat they test across the board for the most common contaminates including bacteria, lead, chlorine, other chemicals, minerals and pesticides.  These are a good place to start if you have no idea what type of water you have in your home.  An example of this type of kit is the Watersafe All-in-One Drinking Water Test Kit.

Then there are kits that are specific to particular contaminates.  For example, it may only test for bacteria or pesticides or metals etc.  Examples of these types of kits would be:

These are only a few options available on FiltersFast.com, where you will find a wide variety of testing methods and kits.

Determining if your home drinking water is safe is a priority.  After testing with an approved kit, never fear if contaminates are present.  You can still have your tap water and drink it too, simply invest in an easy to install, faucet mount water filter.  One highly recommended product is the PUR 3 Stage Faucet Water Filter System. This filter removes or reducePUR-FM-9100B-Faucet-Filter-Mounts lead, mercury, sediment, dirt, microbial cysts such as cryptosporidium and giardia, the bad taste and odor of chlorine, and numerous other harmful impurities and contaminants.  In addition to this product, there are countless other options available, as well as other water filtration methods available on FiltersFast.com.

The take away is this; don’t be afraid to drink your tap water.  Be proud to drink it!  The money savings, the environmental impact, the hassle of dealing with a ton of plastic bottles… the list goes on.  But, do be smart about it.  Test your water with an at home drinking water testing kit.  They are inexpensive, easy to use and will provide peace of mind which is priceless.

Please visit FilterFast.com to find all of your water testing supplies and for water filtration needs.

 

Time is on my side… Time Saving Shopping Strategies & Gift Ideas

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The Rolling Stones sing that Time is on My Side, but if you are like most of us, time is definitely NOT on your side.  With the holidays right around the corner, now is a great time to consider some time saving strategies that will help you not only save valuable time, but also save money!

My number one suggestion relating to this topic is to shop on-line.  If you have not already discovered the wonderful world of on-line shopping then now is the time!  With the whole world at your finger tips, you are able to find almost any product you may need, at any time, day or night.  While most of us are shopping for holiday gifts during this time of year, don’t neglect your household basics that can also be found on-line.  Purchasing certain types of products can not only save you money, but save you time as well.

Let’s look at water.  We are going to drink it and lots of it, because it is good for us.  Benefits include:

  • Increases energy and relieves fatigue
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Boosts immune system

 

Buying case after case of bottled water, week after week quickly adds up to a huge and expensive time waste.  The Water Project found that the average American spends roughly $100/yr on bottled water! Not to mention the environmental impact.  Did you know that it takes 1,000 years for a disposable water bottle to biodegrade? An alternative solution is to invest in sustainable water filtration, which can be easily handled on-line at FiltersFast.com.

There are multiple options available:

 

Imagine not having to haul around cases of water from your shopping cart, to your car, into the house then having to find some place to store it.  Any of the above mentioned solutions can save you the time and hassle and save you money over the duration.

After selecting the water filtration device that best suits your family, why not go ahead and replace your AC and furnace home air filters from the same site?  Not only will you find the size you need, but you can also order in bulk. And they best part is, you can even sign up for Auto Delivery!  No more having to remember when to replace your filters, FiltersFast.com will remind you and ship them right to your front door.  This is a time and money saving strategy at its best!

Remember during this busy time of year, shopping on-line can truly save you both time and money.  Don’t forget about your day to day items.  Find sites that offer great options, money saving items and take the worry out of remembering to replace products.

De”MIST”ifying Humidifiers – Warm or Cool Mist is Better?

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It is that time of year again.  Outdoor temperatures are dropping and indoor heating systems are turning on.  Whether you use a wood burning stove to heat your home or a centralized heating system, chances are you will encounter dry air this winter.  Exposure to dry air indoors can contribute to a variety of minor inconveniences like static electricity, dry, itchy skin and nosebleeds to more serious health concerns including sinus irritation and infections as well as asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments such as bronchitis.

One of the best ways to combat dry air is to use a humidifier.  Shopping for one can be a bit overwhelming if you are not familiar with the options available.  One of the first choices you will be faced with is deciding between a warm or cool mist unit.  Both types are equally effective in adding humidity to the air, which is the main objective.  According to research done by diffen.com, a few notable differences are as follows:

Cool Mist Humidifier:

  • Cheaper to operate
  • Nosier
  • Easier to Clean
  • Suspended material such as microorganisms and minerals are diffused into the air

 

Warm Mist Humidifier:

  • Heating element requires more energy to run
  • Silent
  • Harder to clean
  • Hot water and heating element may cause scalding. Risky for young children

 

It basically comes down to a personal choice, since both work well at adding humidity back into the air.  Another option to consider is size.  There are units that work to humidify smaller spaces such as a single bedroom or several rooms up to an entire house or office building.  Some humidifiers allow you to monitor the humidity level, with the optimal range falling between 30 – 50%.  Some units require replacement filters while others do not.  Keep in mind that it is important that you thoroughly clean and maintain the unit regularly based on the manufacturers recommendations. If your humidifier has replaceable filters, always replace the filter at the appropriate time.

Filtersfast.com has all of your humidifier needs in one convenient place. There are multiple major brands to select from such as Vicks, Pure Guardian, Honeywell and Crane, as well as many others and a variety of unit sizes available to fit your needs. In addition, you will find all of the necessary filters to keep your unit running at its best for years to come.