Benefits of Filtration: Reasons Filtration Matter to You and Your Family

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There are many reasons why you need to be drinking clean, healthy, filtered water and also using HEPA air filters in your home. The most important reason is you are making sure you are doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe and in overall good health!

Filtering your water is the only way to ensure that you are drinking clean water. Your body weight is made up of approximately 60% water. So staying hydrated is extremely important! Water keeps your tissues and other organs moist and regulates your body’s temperature. By doing everyday things like breathing, sweating, and even digestion of the food you eat, you are losing water. There are so many contaminants that you have to worry about in the water source going in to your home today. Chemicals, lead, bacteria and so much more can be found in different water sources. Municipal water treatment facilities sometimes experience outbreaks of bacterial contaminants in the tap water. You have probably heard on your local news at one time or another giving the public a warning to “boil your water”.

Did you know that there are over 2000 known drinking water contaminants that can be present in tap water? Not only that, there are several different types of cancer that can be attributed when certain toxic materials are found in water. The EPA has even gone on to state that lead in drinking water contributes to 480,000 cases of learning disorders each year in children here in the U.S. Lead also has been found to cause birth defects in pregnant women. The unpleasant facts just seem to go on and on!  If you aren’t using any type of water filtration in your home, now is the time to research what will work for you and your family. Find a filtration system that removes the bad things without removing the beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Air filtration is something else to important for your family’s health. If you aren’t using a HEPA filter in your furnace or air conditioner unit, you should be!  These filters are truly fabulous for trapping irritating airborne particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. If you or a family member suffers with allergies or other breathing conditions, HEPA filters are highly recommended. Also, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will capture and trap particles in carpets and rugs that can cause allergy symptoms.

If you are filtering your water and using HEPA filters in your home’s furnace and air conditioning unit, you are taking important steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Keep up the great work! If you aren’t using any type of filtration (whether water or air), it’s time to start!  Visit  www.filtersfast.com and start enjoying clean living!

Troubleshooting Tips- How to Change Refrigerator Filter

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Changing your refrigerator water filter is easy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come with a set of challenges. Below we’ll give you common issues that arise when replacing your refrigerator water filter and troubleshooting tips for each one.

If you have your own troubleshooting advice, feel free to leave them in the comments below. If you feel like we missed anything, let us know and we’ll gladly add it in!

Common Installation Mistakes

First off, let’s start with common installation mistakes that could cause the installation of your new filter to go less than smoothly:

  1. Protective caps not removed from your new filter. Prior to installing your new refrigerator filter, remember to remove any protective caps from it.
  2. Failure to flush the filter. Many forget to do this, but it should never be forgotten. You can find out how and why to flush your filter here.
  3. For base-grill filters, don’t throw away the reusable knob, you may need it later!

Now let’s get into the troubleshooting!

Refrigerator not dispensing water after replacing filter

If this happens, then the water filter is most likely not snapped in all the way. If you feel that it is, and you’re still having issues, it could be the water valve leading to the refrigerator. To check, re-install the old filter. If water comes of the old filter and not the new filter, then there is an installation problem with the new filter and not the water valve. If water does not come out of the old or new filter, then the problem is the water valve.

Small Drip or Leak after installing the filter

Remove the fridge filter and re-fit it into the refrigerator with a sharp twist to lock into position.

Water Flow is Irregular

If this happens, there is likely still air in the lines. Press down the dispenser lever for 2 minutes until the water starts to flow freely.

Difficulty with removing or installing filter

There is no secret to this. Sometimes all that is needed is a little extra force. For removal, the problem is sometimes pulling the filter down and out. Try rocking the filter sideways while pulling down, this should work. TIP: Remove the top shelf from the refrigerator as its sudden release could cause damage. For installation, apply more force and keep turning to lock into position.

Water tastes different

Refrigerator water filters cannot add anything to the taste of water as they only remove chemicals and contaminants from your water. The older the fridge filter is that you are replacing, the more likely you are to notice a taste difference as your drinking water is now under greater (and more effective) filtration that it had been.

Water filter appears to be clogged, before its time to be replaced

Depending on water quality and usage, your refrigerator water filter may not last the full 6-months. If your water flow starts to slow, it could be clogged and would need to be replaced. Of course, if you have experienced a sudden drop of water quality (could be caused by a number of factors/situations) it is best to determine exactly what is wrong by conducting a water test. You can do this yourself, or have your municipal water source supply you with the information.

Related articles:

How to Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter

Flushing Your Refrigerator Water Filter: How and Why You Should Do It

Resetting Your Refrigerator Indicator Light

Washable Air Filter vs. Disposable Air Filter – Which is the best choice?

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We all know that air filters keep our heating and air conditioning units in our homes working efficiently.  The purpose of an air filter is to catch and trap particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander that circulate throughout the home.  So choosing the best air filter is important but can also be confusing because of the different varieties that are on the market today. If we want to keep the air quality in our homes to be clean and healthy as possible, we have to be diligent on keeping a clean air filter. Keep in mind, not all air filters offer the same performance.

What type of air filter are you using today?  Let’s take a moment and compare the washable air filter and the disposable air filter.

Performance

Washable air filters usually have a MERV rating of 1 to 4.  They can effectively catch larger particles like dust and soot.  But if you have a pet, the pet dander is too small to be caught in this type of filter.  Even bacteria, viruses and smoke are not effectively filtered out.

Disposable air filters are more effective in capturing small particles (dust, allergens, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, and viruses) and MERV ratings go as high as 16.

Maintenance

Washable air filters require you maintain them monthly.  Once you have washed off all of the dust, you must make sure that it thoroughly dries before placing back in your unit.  If placed back when it’s damp or wet, you are inviting bacteria and fungus to form, and then circulating it throughout your home.

Disposable air filters simply require you removing the old one, tossing it in the garbage and replacing with a new one. Done! This air filter takes less time and less effort when it comes to maintenance.

Cost

Washable air filters are costly and most are meant to be last several years.

Disposable air filters are reasonably inexpensive.

If you would like to learn more about these two types of air filters, or need help to determine if you are using the right air filter, please visit www.filtersfast.com.   Find out which is the best product that you should be using to keep your heating and air conditioning unit working more efficiently for you.