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!

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.

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.