Winter Savings: Saving Money in the Winter

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Trying to cut energy cost in your home during the winter months can be a bit of a challenge on your wallet. No one likes to pay high energy bills. Today’s blog will give some simple suggestions to help you make some changes in your energy use so that you can keep more of your hard earned money in your own pocket!


Open your drapes or blinds after the sun has come up to let it naturally warm your room.  Close them as the sun goes down to help insulate the room after dark.

Turn down the thermostat

Did you know that for every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range you save 5% of your heating cost? Turn that thermostat to 68 degrees and start saving!

Clean/Replace those air filters

When your air filter is dirty, air flow is restricted, causing an increase in energy use, which equals higher electric bills. Not to mention the strain that it is placing on your unit when it’s dirty!


When you are not using the fireplace, close the damper. When the damper is open, the heated air from your heating system is being pulled out of your home up through your chimney, causing you to lose up to 8% of  your heating system’s air. Just don’t forget to open it before you light up your fireplace!

Wasted Energy

Turn off all lights in any unoccupied rooms and unplug any appliances that you are not using. That extra refrigerator you have for storing cold drinks can add 10 to 25 percent to your electric bill.

Hot Water

Shorter showers can save hundreds of gallons of hot water for a family of four over a month’s time. Did you know that 2/3 of your water heating costs is from taking showers? By cutting your showers in half you can reduce your water heating costs by 33%. When doing laundry, try to wash mostly in cold water, as this will reduce your washer’s energy use by 75%. Consider wrapping your hot water tank with jacket insulation, and you can see a savings up to 10% on water heating costs.


Turn your computer off if you aren’t using it.  Even in sleep mode it is still drawing a small amount of electricity.

I hope that you find some of these suggestions helpful in saving you money. As always, be sure to visit for all of your air and water filtration needs.

Some Things You May Not Have Known About Your Refrigerator Filter

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Did you know that the human brain is made up of 95% water? Or that your body is 70% water? To stay healthy, it’s important that you are nourishing your body daily with pure drinking water.

Maintaining your refrigerator’s filter is one way to ensure that you are getting clean water for you and your family. Most people know that they should change their refrigerator’s water filter every 6 months (especially with high volume usage), but do you know why?

Reasons to change your refrigerator filter

One of the most common filter media used in refrigerator water filters is activated carbon.  The activated carbon is treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny, highly absorbent pores that trap tiny microbes, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the water.  After time, the activated carbon filter loses its ability to remove contaminants, clogging with material. Bacteria breeds in your filter, putting the very young, elderly or others weakened by illness at risk.

One sign (and easiest to recognize) that it’s time to change your refrigerator filter is the change in taste or odor to the water or ice. It’s more difficult to determine when the filter is no longer performing at an adequate level when other contaminants are involved. Some refrigerators make it very easy with a light that turns on to signal to you that it’s time to change. Some will automatically shuts down after a specific amount of water passed through the unit.

What Refrigerator Water Filter Do I Need and what does the filter do?

To know which filter is designed to fit in your refrigerator, consult your owner’s manual. Then, go to and look up the filter you need via model/part # and place the order. Your refrigerator water filter will give you good tasting and clean water to drink for around 6 months (depending on usage and water quality) and is a critical part in the overall maintenance of your refrigerator.

High Price Name-Brand Filters vs. Compatible Filters

The filter change indicator light has turned on and it’s time to purchase a new filter. There are great options out there so be sure to get the best bang for your buck. Compatible refrigerator filters really do work as well as their name-brand counterparts! My name-brand refrigerator water filter sells for over $40.00 at Sears, and I found a compatible filter for under $20.00, and it works just as well as the name-brand one. I love it when I can save money! Check out our blog on buying compatible products!

Stop wasting money and check out your options at and start saving today.

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Some Things You May Not Have Known About Your Air Filter


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Do you know if you are using the best air filter for your home’s heating/cooling system?  Most people don’t really understand the differences between the cheap air filters and the higher quality ones. The main purpose for a filter is to protect your HVAC equipment, while improving the indoor air quality in your home. The type of air filter you are using makes a big difference in the air quality you and your family continually breathe in every day, as well as how efficient your unit is working

Are you using those cheap blue air filters?

If you are using the less expensive blue fiberglass filters, chances are more dirt and dust is going into your system. Over time the duct and dust will either stay somewhere in your system or circulate right back into your home. Not only is it unhealthy, but can increase your maintenance bills and cause costly repair bills.

What is the best air filter I should be using?

The best air filter you should be using is one that offers the highest level of efficiency without damaging your HVAC system.  Just because you are using the most efficient filter out there, does not necessarily mean it is the right one for your home. The age of your HVAC system also needs to be considered when purchasing a filter with a MERV rating.

What are MERV ratings?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Rating Value. A MERV rating is a numerical value ranging from 1 (lowest efficiency) to 16 (highest efficiency). The number tells you how well the filter captures and holds dust and dirt of a specified sized range. If you have an older HVAC system, you should probably not be using a filter higher than a MERV 11. Most of the older systems should use a filter with a MERV rating of only 8 or lower. Always make sure to choose a filter rating that corresponds to the requirement of your HVAC system.

What are microns?

Airborne particles are described as microns. Particles that range from 0.3 to 0.9 microns present the most health concerns. This is because they are so small that they get past the tiny hairs in our breathing passages and are too large to be exhaled. Examples include dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and mold spores.

0.1 to 0.3 micron Dust mites and allergens
0.3 to 1 micron Tobacco smoke, metallic fumes and bacteria such as staphylococcus
1 to 5 microns Bacteria and small dust particles
5 to 10 microns Mold, pollen, medium dust particles
10 microns + Large dust particles

If you have decided that you may be using the wrong air filter for your home’s HVAC system, simply visit to find the right filter!

Check out these related blogs!

What Happens If I Don’t Change My Air Filter?

The Differences Between MERV Ratings-MERV 11 Recommended

How To Change Your In-Home Furnace Air Filter?

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. We’ll be more than happy to assist you!