Basic Air Quality Facts & Indoor Air Quality Solutions

 

Air Quality

Air Quality Indexes (AQI) are numbers used by government agencies to help characterize the quality of air in different locations. I’m sure you have heard on your local news numerous times what the air quality will be for the day. When the AQI increases, you usually see or hear of people experiencing an increase of severe adverse health effects.

Air Quality Index

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It’s hard to believe that outdoor air quality is better than what we are breathing in our homes (indoor air quality), but unfortunately it’s true. During the winter months, we stay closed up in our air tight homes and the indoor allergens and pollutants are at their peak. Don’t panic!  Here are some indoor air quality solutions for improving your home air quality.

Clean Regularly

I know and totally understand that it’s easy to put off the chore of cleaning. However, it is important to clean regularly to reduce the allergens and irritants. Dust with a damp cloth, as it grabs the dust much better than a feather duster. Don’t forget the ceiling fan blades and the tops of your appliances. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and avoid using cleaning products with harmful vapors. 

Pet Care

Bathing and grooming regularly will help keep fur and dander under control. Don’t forget to wash the bedding frequently in hot water.

Circulate The Air

During the winter months, we aren’t able to open the windows to let fresh air circulate throughout the house. Turn on your ceiling fans to help move the air around. Turn on the exhaust fan to keep vapors, grease, and smoke from lingering.

Air Filters

Replacing your heating/cooling system’s air filter on a regular basis helps to minimize contaminants in the air, and helps to reduce stress on your system.

Minimize Moisture

Keepings the humidity level below 50% will help with mold and mildew buildup. If you don’t own a dehumidifier, you might consider purchasing one. FiltersFast.com (www.filtersfast.com) offers a good variety of dehumidifiers at great prices!

Smoke

Burning fireplaces or the wonderful  scent of a candle gives a home a warm and cozy feeling. The down side is that they can release pollutants that worsen the air quality and even trigger health problems. The best candle to use is non-toxic unscented soy.  Consider natural alternatives such as diffusers and vaporizers that use pure essential oils instead of chemicals. Use cured or dry wood in your fireplace and remember to have it cleaned regularly.

Air Purifier

If you are thinking that you need an air purifier in your home, be sure to select one that is appropriate for your room sizes and the level of purification required. Models range from small to house-wide systems.

By following these suggestions, you can feel confident that you and your family are breathing healthier air in your home. Don’t forget to visit www.filtersfast.com for all of your air filtration needs!

Winter Savings: Saving Money in the Winter

winter house

Trying to cut energy cost in your home during the winter months can be a bit of a challenge on your wallet. No one likes to pay high energy bills. Today’s blog will give some simple suggestions to help you make some changes in your energy use so that you can keep more of your hard earned money in your own pocket!

Sunshine                                  

Open your drapes or blinds after the sun has come up to let it naturally warm your room.  Close them as the sun goes down to help insulate the room after dark.

Turn down the thermostat

Did you know that for every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range you save 5% of your heating cost? Turn that thermostat to 68 degrees and start saving!

Clean/Replace those air filters

When your air filter is dirty, air flow is restricted, causing an increase in energy use, which equals higher electric bills. Not to mention the strain that it is placing on your unit when it’s dirty!

Fireplace

When you are not using the fireplace, close the damper. When the damper is open, the heated air from your heating system is being pulled out of your home up through your chimney, causing you to lose up to 8% of  your heating system’s air. Just don’t forget to open it before you light up your fireplace!

Wasted Energy

Turn off all lights in any unoccupied rooms and unplug any appliances that you are not using. That extra refrigerator you have for storing cold drinks can add 10 to 25 percent to your electric bill.

Hot Water

Shorter showers can save hundreds of gallons of hot water for a family of four over a month’s time. Did you know that 2/3 of your water heating costs is from taking showers? By cutting your showers in half you can reduce your water heating costs by 33%. When doing laundry, try to wash mostly in cold water, as this will reduce your washer’s energy use by 75%. Consider wrapping your hot water tank with jacket insulation, and you can see a savings up to 10% on water heating costs.

Computers

Turn your computer off if you aren’t using it.  Even in sleep mode it is still drawing a small amount of electricity.

I hope that you find some of these suggestions helpful in saving you money. As always, be sure to visit www.filtersfast.com for all of your air and water filtration needs.

Some Things You May Not Have Known About Your Refrigerator Filter

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Filter

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Did you know that the human brain is made up of 95% water? Or that your body is 70% water? To stay healthy, it’s important that you are nourishing your body daily with pure drinking water.

Maintaining your refrigerator’s filter is one way to ensure that you are getting clean water for you and your family. Most people know that they should change their refrigerator’s water filter every 6 months (especially with high volume usage), but do you know why?

Reasons to change your refrigerator filter

One of the most common filter media used in refrigerator water filters is activated carbon.  The activated carbon is treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny, highly absorbent pores that trap tiny microbes, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the water.  After time, the activated carbon filter loses its ability to remove contaminants, clogging with material. Bacteria breeds in your filter, putting the very young, elderly or others weakened by illness at risk.

One sign (and easiest to recognize) that it’s time to change your refrigerator filter is the change in taste or odor to the water or ice. It’s more difficult to determine when the filter is no longer performing at an adequate level when other contaminants are involved. Some refrigerators make it very easy with a light that turns on to signal to you that it’s time to change. Some will automatically shuts down after a specific amount of water passed through the unit.

What Refrigerator Water Filter Do I Need and what does the filter do?

To know which filter is designed to fit in your refrigerator, consult your owner’s manual. Then, go to FiltersFast.com and look up the filter you need via model/part # and place the order. Your refrigerator water filter will give you good tasting and clean water to drink for around 6 months (depending on usage and water quality) and is a critical part in the overall maintenance of your refrigerator.

High Price Name-Brand Filters vs. Compatible Filters

The filter change indicator light has turned on and it’s time to purchase a new filter. There are great options out there so be sure to get the best bang for your buck. Compatible refrigerator filters really do work as well as their name-brand counterparts! My name-brand refrigerator water filter sells for over $40.00 at Sears, and I found a compatible filter for under $20.00, and it works just as well as the name-brand one. I love it when I can save money! Check out our blog on buying compatible products!

Stop wasting money and check out your options at www.filtersfast.com and start saving today.

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