Pool and Spa: Is Your Water Clean?

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“Come on in, the waters fine!” is a phrase you may hear in the coming months as more and more people take frequent dips in their pool and relax in their spa. But is the water really fine? Is the water in your pool and spa clean? Maintenance is often neglected during the long winter months as many pools and outdoor spas are not frequently used. Without proper maintenance on your pool or spa, your water could be imbalanced and conceal waterborne contaminants that are potentially toxic to your body. Many of these problems are not visible to the naked eye, so just because it looks clean, doesn’t mean it is clean.

A filter is a vital piece in pool and spa maintenance. Pool and spa filters remove water impurities and other contaminants from your water, resulting in water that is clean and healthy enough for your family. Without the proper filtration in your pool and spa, you may notice an increase in bacteria and algae formation.

The Filbur FC-3053 Pool and Spa Filter works with pools, spas and hot tubs. It features Anti-Microbial (or Microban) technology, which prevents microbes such as bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew from growing or reproducing. The construction of the Filbur FC-3053 ensures durability and consistent water flow. Having a filter installed (and replacing your older one) is a must for pool and spa maintenance. Browse through our complete list of pool and spa filters to see which one best suits your needs. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning and replacing your pool and spa filter.

After installing a filter in your spa or swimming pool, we are often left wondering if the filter is really doing what it’s supposed to do. Is it removing the harmful contaminants from my pool water? Is it making the water safer for me and my family? Too often these valid questions go unanswered, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

watersafe-test-kit-smaller-blogThe Watersafe Water Test is an antibody-based test kit that detects the presence of bacteria in spas and swimming pools. The Watersafe Pool Water Test will provide an on-site water analysis (with no training or instrumentation required) of harmful levels of bacteria in your pool or spa water in under 20 minutes. There are no chemicals to add in order to conduct the water test. The Watersafe Bacteria Water Test delivers accurate and reliable results in a convenient and disposable bacteria test strip. This allows you to eliminate the guesswork of whether or not your pool water is suffering from bacteria or other harmful impurities.

Pool and spa filters are just as important for your swimming pool as your household water filter and your air/furnace filter. Before you take a dip in the pool, or relax in the spa, make sure that the proper pool and spa maintenance has been done. The correct pool and/or spa filter is the first step in healthier water.

World Water Day 2013: What Water Cooperation Means

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We are celebrating World Water Day, an internationally recognized day held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing awareness on the importance of and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day was designated on March 22, 1993. Each year this day highlights a specific aspect or “theme” of freshwater.

This year, the theme is water cooperation. As many of you know, water is one of the most precious resources on this planet. Water is an integral part of society: It powers cities, feeds crops, cools computer servers, keeps our bodies functioning properly and is used in manufacturing everything from cars to clothes. However, there is growing concern over this seemingly abundant resource. Although water makes up 75% of the Earth’s surface, only a fraction (around 2%) is suitable for human consumption. Of that 2%, less than 1% is currently accessible.

According to unwater.org, water availability is expected to decrease in many regions; yet global agricultural water consumption is expected to increase by 19% by 2050.  Add in challenges faced from pollution and climate change, and it is little wonder why many fear this valuable resource is dwindling.

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These challenges have resulted in the global water crisis, a situation where a growing number of people lack access to safe, fresh drinking water as freshwater resources become scarcer. Many (rightfully so) see this as a problem, and a growing threat to life on Earth. Some have even predicted future wars over freshwater resources that could wreak further havoc on already struggling nations.

However, I believe we should look at this issue differently. What if we stopped viewing it as a problem, and started viewing it as a unique opportunity? An opportunity to come together, to set aside differences and to work out solutions to this problem that affects everybody.  This is what I believe the theme of water cooperation is truly about.

Coming together for the good of the whole has nothing to do with politics. It does have everything to do with each individual person doing their part in society. This involves practicing water conservation techniques on a regular basis, becoming more educated on water-related issues and becoming connected with a water charity that aims at ending this growing concern.

The theme of cooperation is easily found in The W3 Project, a water charity partnership between FiltersFast.com, Wine to Water and TrekDesk. By working together, we are providing clean drinking water for those in need. By donating miles, or donating $1 at checkout on FiltersFast.com, you are making a difference in lives around the world.

As a small business, we are fully committed to a more sustainable environment which will improve overall health. We encourage you to do your part in helping end this growing crisis, we all have a part to play, so let’s play it.

Now is not the time to sit on the sideline. This problem will not go away by itself. It takes all of us coming together and doing our part (no matter how small) to end this crisis. This is what water cooperation is about.

Spring Home Maintenance Tips & Suggestions

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At long last spring has arrived. The bitter cold has passed (mostly) and it is time to enjoy the sun and warmth. We can’t let this time pass without offering maintenance suggestions for around the home. Some of the most critical home maintenance tips involve filters. Without regular maintenance of household filters, you can see a drop in system efficiency (such is the case in home furnaces), an increase in indoor air pollution and a decline in water quality. Yes, filters are that important. We want you to avoid shelling out extra money in unnecessary repairs and even hospital visits, so take a look at some critical spring maintenance suggestions for your home.

Replace your Furnace Air Filters:

FiltersFast-Furnace-Filter-six-packFurnace Air filters should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on the conditions where you live and your indoor air quality. With the proper furnace filter, you will be able to reduce harmful airborne contaminants in your home such as dirt, dust and various airborne allergens. By filtering out harmful air pollutants, you and your family will breathe cleaner, thus limiting respiratory side effects (such as allergy flare ups) that indoor air pollution can cause. By not replacing your furnace filter regularly, you are doing your home furnace system a huge disservice and will drastically reduce its life expectancy. For information on which air filter you should choose, see Three Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Air Filter. We offer a complete line of furnace air filters that will provide you with the best indoor air quality for you and your family.

Replace your Refrigerator Water Filters:

Whirlpool-4396710-Refrigerator-FilterRefrigerator Water Filters deliver refreshingly clean and cold water to your home. By removing chlorine, tastes, odors, lead and more you are getting healthy water directly from your refrigerator. In addition, Refrigerator water filters provide clean ice so that any drinks you serve will be free of flavors. By regularly replacing your filter, you are ensuring superior water quality for everyone in your home. Your choice of refrigerator filter depends on which filter is compatible with your home refrigerator. To assess compatibility, consult your owner’s manual or take a look at the model number on your existing refrigerator filter. After you have found the correct replacement filter for your refrigerator, browse through our complete assortment of refrigerator water filters.

Replace the filters in your Air Purifier:

Germ-Guardian-3-in-1-table-topAir Purifiers help “purify” the air in your home by reducing indoor allergens and other airborne contaminants. In addition to having a furnace filter installed, having an air purifier is one of the most important steps you can take to clean up indoor air. Failure to regularly change your filter will result in reduced efficiency and eventual failure of the air purifier. Replacing the filter varies for different makes and brands so be sure to consult your owners manual. Once you find your correct filter replacement, browse through our website to place your order.

If you don’t own an air purifier, now is the perfect time to order one for allergy and asthma relief. We suggest the Germ Defense 3-in-1 Table Top Air Cleaning System for its compact size and effectiveness in reducing indoor allergens. The 3-in-1 Table Top Air Cleaning System captures 99.97% of allergens while killing or reducing odors, germs and mold spores. This air cleaning system is ideal for households and offices.

Change the Battery in Your Smoke Alarm:

They may not include filters, but one of the most important fire safety devices for the home is the smoke alarm. This is an opportune time to change the batteries in the alarm (and your carbon monoxide detector too, if you have one). It is also recommended that you test your smoke alarm while changing the batteries. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and many include a test button that checks the entire alarm system when you push it. Ensuring that your smoke alarm works properly is, quite honestly, the difference between life and death.

Remember to check your roof and around vents for leaks and repair as necessary. Be sure to have your heating system serviced and check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s). For ways you can conserve energy during the spring months, view our suggestions in Energy Conserving Tips for “Fall Back” Savings.