About Kory

You'll see me writing on a variety of topics, but they all come back to two basic things: water and air. I become more of an expert as I write, and I hope that you will too! In this industry you'll see a lot of jargon. I'll do my best to filter through it to show you exactly how clean water and air impacts your life. So sit back, enjoy and thank you for visiting The Filtered Files!

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.

4 Simple and Money-Saving Tips Every New Homeowner Should Do

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You just bought a new home. Congratulations! You’ve unpacked your boxes and belongings, and you’ve just started getting settled in to your new residence. Right now is a great opportunity to make a to-do-list. Not the dreaded kind of list full of things you don’t really want to do, but the kind of list that saves you time and money down the road. Nothing is difficult and won’t require a lot of time so let’s jump right in.

Replace/Install Water Filters: Replacing refrigerator filters, under sink filters, whole home filters, etc., is critical to keeping a steady flow of clean water through your new home. The best time to buy your water filter is right now, the longer you wait the more likely it could slip your mind. The most common water filter used today is the refrigerator water filter. This without a doubt will need to be replaced. To replace:

1. Locate the model number of your current fridge filter (this can be found on the filter itself or you can look it up via your refrigerators model number instead)

2. Find your model number here

3. Place the order.

4. Be sure to follow all guidelines for installing your refrigerator filter which usually takes no more than 5 minutes. Use this blog as an additional tool to use.

If you don’t have a filter in your refrigerator, you can look up your refrigerator water filter by the make and model of your refrigerator.

Check the insulation: Take a look around your attic to see how much insulation you have. According to the simpledollar.com, there should be at least six inches (or more in the northern part of the US) of insulation. If there isn’t, you need to consider installing more insulation for your home. Adequate insulation can reduce maintenance and energy cost of your home, so don’t overlook this important step. It will also help your heating/cooling system not work as hard, which in turn will reduce the strain of your system and air filter.

Check faucets, toilets, and under-sink plumbing for leaks: Before you get too settled in to your new home, check for leaks. Any leaks you notice should be fixed immediately. Keep in mind that the more your faucet (or toilet, under-sink plumbing, etc.) leaks, the more money you waste. A good time to check for leaks is whenever you are installing a water filter around your home. This could also cause an unpleasant occurrence of mold in the home.

Replace your furnace filter: You will always need to replace your furnace filter when you first move in.

1. Locate where your filter is (Tip: look for the vent cover which look like a large ventilation grate in a wall, ceiling, or floor.)

2. Take the measurements of the opening

3. Order your air filter here

4. Install it by removing the old air filter and putting the new air filter in its place.

An old filter has a negative impact on air flow and reduces the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. It also filters poorly meaning that you have a low quality of air circulating throughout your home.

Make things easier on yourself: As a new homeowner (or any working adult), you’re busy with day-to-day life and don’t necessarily have time to worry about the smaller tasks in life. That’s okay. Make it easier on yourself and your wallet by ordering your refrigerator filters, and air filters from FiltersFast.com. By joining our Auto Delivery Program (free to join, free to cancel) you’ll not only get 5% off but will also have your filters delivered to you at a recurring basis (meaning that you decide how often you want us to deliver your filters to you). That means you don’t have to worry about ordering them again.

Buying a new home is great, and once these tasks are out of the way, you can really enjoy your new home and all it has to offer.

Living Healthier In 2014! – Live a Healthier Lifestyle

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“I want to lose weight!” “I want to eat healthier!” “I want to become more fit!”

Do you know what all of these New Year’s Resolutions have in common? They all have one ultimate goal: to live a healthier lifestyle. After all, who doesn’t want to live a healthier life? We all hear about the benefits of living healthy and want to experience it. The truth is that many of us don’t always know exactly how to achieve the often vague goal of living healthier. Surely it’s not quite as simple as exercising a few days out of the week, right? Don’t get me wrong, exercising is extremely vital. However, if we (and I include myself in this) don’t make proper lifestyle choices outside of the gym, then all of our hard work may come to naught.  So how can we live healthier in 2014 (and beyond)?

1.) Set up an exercise routine that you can follow through on. For example, if you live a busy life then setting a goal to exercise every day out of the week may not be possible. However, you should try to set aside some time each week (such as 3 days out of the week for 30 minutes to an hour each). If you haven’t already, it is critical that you at least start a routine and stick with it. There will inevitably come times when you may not feel like doing anything. That’s a natural feeling to have, but at least do something physically active on each day.

fruit-healthier2.) Watch what you eat. It would be very discouraging to become dedicated to a workout schedule just to realize you’re not losing as much weight as you would hope. The culprit can often be found in not eating right. Foods that are high in calories, fat, etc., work against your efforts. Foods that won’t work against your efforts, such as fruits and vegetables, should be an integral part of your diet. Also try baking more often than frying, and go for low-fat alternatives. And finally, always remember that eating healthier begins with shopping healthier. Shopping for healthier alternatives may take some getting used to at first but sticking with it will pay off in the long-term.

water-lose-weight3.) Watch what you drink and breathe in. We often know to watch what we eat, but how often do we really think about watching what we drink too? What about watching what we breathe in? Not much. The scary truth is this: with the amount of contaminants often found in water today, and the rise in air pollution, what we drink and breathe can do just as much damage to our bodies as eating the wrong foods can. Fortunately, this scary truth also has a simple solution: filtration. Water filters (for your refrigerator, faucet, whole home, etc.) and regularly replacing you’re A/C filter will go a long way in protecting you from harmful contaminants. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to change your filters more often/regularly?

4.) Go green! We recently did a blog post on this very topic (check it out!). If you are anything like me, meaning that you are a novice at going green, then start off small. That can mean committing to recycling more regularly, or simply reducing waste in your home (I’m not just talking about trash, reducing water waste is important too!) Before you know it, you’ll be living green in no time.

In 2014, we can not only make ourselves healthier, but our planet can be healthier too. In what ways can you live a healthier lifestyle in 2014? We’d love to hear from you.