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!

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.

Fall Home Repairs You Can’t Ignore

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Replace your furnace filters: Simply put, a dirty filter reduces airflow and heat, which can lead to expensive repairs. Check the air filter in your furnace and be sure to change it regularly (every 3 months or sooner depending on your homes air quality).

Check your roof: Inspect your roof for leaks. Even the smallest of leaks can cause thousands of dollars worth of roof repairs. Instead of using a ladder to inspect your roof, you can use binoculars to check for missing, cracked, or curled shingles safely from the ground. You can also call in a professional to check for any leaks. Catching any potential problems before they become major catastrophes can save you thousands of dollars.

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Don’t forget your thermostat: Lowering your indoor temperature by about 10 degrees while you are asleep or at work can trim up to 15% off your heating bill, according to ConsumerReports.org. You can lower the temperature manually or install a programmable thermostat such as the Honeywell PRO 4000 Programmable Thermostat. This thermostat allows you to program the temperature in your home to comfortably fit your needs, while also saving you money by being energy efficient.

Clear gutter clogs: Gutters stuffed with leaves and other debris can let water spill over the side of your house, build over your homes foundation, and seep inside. If the gutters are not cleared regularly during the fall, then any water that freezes in the gutters can force ice and snow onto the roof shingles, causing leaks and damage. Use a gutter guard system to keep water in and leaves out.

Seal off leaks: Seal any leaks in your homes windows, walls, and ductwork. Use caulk, expandable sealant, foam board and weather stripping to plug leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other openings in your home. Plugging leaks around the home can lower your annual cooling and heating bills by more than $200.

Fall is a good time to get your house in order. You can’t ignore these home repairs around the house before winter comes. If you do, you’ll cost yourself time and money.

Dangerous Air Quality: Air Pollution Health Effects

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Poor air quality is a concern. Did you know that, on average, we breathe in 3,000 gallons of air each day? Throughout the day, you are breathing in tiny particles (invisible to the naked eye), without being aware of it. Have you ever stopped to think what these tiny particles are that you’re breathing in? Unfortunately due to negative air pollution health effects, we are confronted with the probability that we are hurting our overall health just by doing a simple (yet vital) task.

Air pollution can damage plants, trees, crops and lakes. It can also damage your body. Below are just some of the effects of air pollution as related to our overall health.

  • Irritation of the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Respiratory problems (especially for those with asthma)
  • Burning in the nose and eyes

 

Perhaps most frightening is that we are not just susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution while we are outside, but also while we are in the comforts of our own homes. In fact, indoor air quality is one of the top five risks to public health according to the EPA. Perhaps even more alarming is that 87% of American homeowners are not aware that the pollution outside may not be as bad as the pollution inside (this according to dosomething.org).

The reasons for this can vary from a lack of filtration to inadequate ventilation. Being a company that specializes on filtration, we naturally tend to focus on this part of the issue. However, this can make a huge difference. While you may not be able to make an immediate impact on air pollution on a national or even global scale (due to various laws, regulations, etc.) you can make an immediate impact on the air quality in your own home. Furnace filters capture debris, dust, and more from your air which improves your overall air quality. Beyond that however, failure to regularly replace furnace filters is generally the number one cause of furnace repairs. In addition, since your motor and furnace fan will have to work harder to push air through a clogged filter, your system consumes more energy to compensate causing you to spend more on your next bill.

You don’t have to deal with poor air quality at home. A furnace filter, and remembering to regularly replace it, can leave you breathing in fresh air.