It’s Time to Spring Forward

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It’s time to spring forward! Daylight Savings Time begins March 11 and ends the first Sunday in November. So you know what that means right? It’s time to set those clocks ahead one hour, and lose that all too important hour of sleep. On March 11, the clocks are moved ahead one hour from 2am standard time to 3am daylight savings time (or DST). Interestingly, not all places in the U.S. will participate in Daylight Savings Time. Hawaii and parts of Arizona will not observe DST, while around the world, countries like China will also not participate.

This is also a good time to remind ourselves to do maintenance around the home. Changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are a must and can prevent some very serious situations down the road. Also remember to change filters, such as the filters in furnaces and HVAC systems, as well as water filters.

We have offered yearly maintenance suggestions in our November 3, November 1 and  October 24 blogs, but they bare repeating and remembering. Doing your yearly maintenance can save you a lot of time, money and heartache.   Filters Fast offers a wide selection of furnace filters and air conditioning filters for your home. We also offer water filters for your water purification system, refrigerator, and ice maker.

So as you are setting those clocks ahead, remember to put your maintenance on your “to-do list”. You’ll be glad you did.

Celebrating Mardi Gras 2012 The Big Easy Way

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Every year in New Orleans, Louisiana the traditional Mardi Gras celebration draws thousands of tourists to the city from around the world. This festival includes wearing throw beads, decorative masks, festive costumes, dancing, street parties and a spectacular pageantry of floats, bands and other parade goers. The term “Mardi Gras” is French for Fat Tuesday. On this day, observers eat richer, fatty foods before the Lent season. The three colors selected for Mardi Gras are each symbolic in influence and purpose. Mardi Gras purple symbolizes justice. Mardi Gras green is symbolic of faith. Mardi Gras gold stands for power! Remember to wear the Mardi Gras colors if you are not in a costume.

To celebrate Mardi Gras, Filters Fast selected a few featured products in the traditional festive colors for the occasion.

The Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filter Pitcher Purple 1005727 is a superior water filter pitcher manufactured out of BPA-free plastic boasting a distinct and elegant eggplant purple European style finish. It also features a Smart Meter filter change indicator, which will measure your drinking water’s hardness, volume and length of time in use for your added convenience.

The Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher Green 1005770 reduces bacteria, dirt and dust, and chlorine taste and odor. It also includes an easy-to-pour lid and a soft handle for a user-friendly design. It has a large 9 glass holding capacity and has a Smart Meter filter change indicator that measures water hardness, volume and length of time in use for your convenience. In addition, the filters of all of your Mavea Pitchers can be recycled through the Mavea recycling program.

The Sprite Gold PureMist Filtered Shower Handle features a 72 inch tangle free hose that gives you easy motion for full body coverage.  The handle features a patented KDF and Chlorgon filtration media that helps to remove chlorine, heavy metals, VOC’s, pesticides, herbicides, hydrogen sulfide, iron oxide and scale.

Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Whether or not you are in The Big Easy for the Mardi Gras festival, celebrate the spirit of the Fat Tuesday flavor wherever you are!

Demand for Filters in the United States Increases

More people are using air and water filters for residential and commercial use.

According to a recent research report from The Freedonia Group, a leading international business research company publishing more than 100 annual industry research studies, results shows that the demand for filters in the United States is expected to increase by 7.1% each year to $12.6 billion in 2015. What on earth could be causing this surge in air and water filter usage?

This study sites reasons that include an ongoing trend toward strengthening environmental regulations, especially an increase in those involved with reducing emissions from electric utilities and diesel engines. Concerns about water quality and indoor air quality are also increasing the demand for filters in this area of consumer goods. In light of heightened awareness regarding drinking water contaminants and air pollution, we are finding that more consumers are replacing their motor vehicle cabin and air filters, diesel emissions filters, residential air filters and water filters more frequently.

Fluid filters used for municipal water and waste, as well as consumer water and industrial fluid filters, account for the largest share of filter consumption. The use of internal combustion engine filters such as oil filters, air intake filters, cabin air filters and fuel filters account for the second largest share of filter consumption. The growing concern about the water we consume and the air we breathe is creating a proactive approach regarding the heightened concerns with water, indoor and outdoor air quality. For your family’s health and well-being, be sure to replace your water, air, humidifier and vehicle filters as recommended, depending on usage and environmental quality for optimal performance.