Stay Warm This Winter Polar Vortex… Stylish Designer Space Heaters

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Have you noticed that it’s a little chilly this winter?  Thanks to a weather phenomenon called the “Polar Vortex” much of the US has been in a deep freeze and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.  With temperatures colder than they have been for decades, many people are experiencing record breaking lows.

All of this cold weather has led me to think about ways to stay warm. As for myself, my best tip for staying warm during this brutal winter is simple; stay inside!  That’s right. Nothing keeps you warm like being in your nice toasty living room while the weather outside is frightful.  A warm cup of cocoa, coffee or hot tea… sounds nice, right?

One problem you might have noticed lately is that with temps this low and the wind howling like a ferocious beast, sometimes it is hard to keep your room as warm as you would like.  Sure you can crank up the furnace, but systems have to work extremely hard to keep up with the frigid temps outside; which just leads to higher energy consumption and higher bills for you.  One simple solution is to invest in a space heater.

I am very fond of the highly economical Crane Convection Heater.  This is not your parent’s old space heater!  This is an energy efficient product, available in 3 modern colors, that does not make the air drier.  It uses convection heat circulation, not the

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standard heat coils of a radiant heater.   Convection heaters offer one major benefit over radiant space heaters and that is that they heat
the entire room by circulating the air, verses only heating the immediate surrounding space. This particular, stylish heater features auto shut-off, a 24-hour programmable timer, whisper quiet operation, as well as dual output options which allow you to heat either a small or large room.

I understand that we cannot spend the next 2 months holed up inside. Life does go on… work, school, basketball games, downhill skiing, shoveling the sidewalk etc. So if you must venture outside, a science based report on TheWeek.com suggests the following tips:

  1. Stay dry.
  2. Protect your core (insulate your torso).
  3. Cover up as much skin as possible.
  4. Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  5. Drink water.

After you are finished with your mandatory time outdoors, return to your cozy nest. Turn on your Crane Convection space heater. Grab a warm beverage and put on a pair of fuzzy slippers. Grab a blanket (preferably the one with sleeves), and spend the rest of the evening contemplating Spring!

Visit FiltersFast.com for a variety of cost effective space heaters.

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.

How to Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter – Step-by-Step

 

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Ladies, we know that we are capable of doing anything.  We are the masters of multi-tasking; devoted wives and mothers, working both inside and outside of the home. So why are there still some tasks that seem to send us irrationally into panic mode? Certain “maintenance” type tasks were gender specific in the past, but by 2014 a lot of the stereotypes have broken down.

Let’s take changing your refrigerator filter as an example.  Most of us rely on our husbands to handle this, because frankly, we are not sure what, how or when to do it ourselves!  So I have complied a simple “How to Change Your Refrigerator Filter” instruction that will allow you to add this to your ever expanding skill set.

  1. Know when to change the filter.  Most need replaced every 6 – 12 months depending on the use frequency.  If you have a larger family that uses a lot of water, it might not last as long. Your water and/ or ice may start to taste funny or different.  A lot of refrigerators will display an indicator light when it is time for a change.
  2. Determine which type of filter you have:
  • Push-in filters are built into the appliance. They fit into a compartment within the refrigerator usually on the front bottom, behind the grille, or within the upper right interior and are generally easy to install.
  • Twist-in filters are just that.  Usually found in the upper right interior, they will either have a push button release, or simple twist release.
  • Inline filters attach at the back of the refrigerator to the incoming water line. These are generally going to be found on older models that do not come with a built-in filter.

 

**One important note; before you discard your old filter, make sure to note the make/ model number so that you can obtain the proper replacement filter. **

 Once you determine the filter type/location, follow these basic steps to replace it:

Push-in filter:

  1. Remove and discard the old filter by pushing the “eject” button or by twisting off the filter cap.
  2. Remove the filter cap on the end of the filter to reuse on the new filter.
  3. Line up the arrows on the new filter and on the filter cap.  Snap it into place by turning it clockwise.
  4. Continue pushing the filter in, until the eject button pops.
  5. Make sure the cap is secure.
  6. Reset Refrigerator Water Filter indicator light if equipped.

 

Twist-in (base grille) filter:

  1. Locate the filter cap in the base grille; turn to the left to remove.
  2. Slide the filter handle on the end of the filter to reuse on the new filter.
  3. Discard old filter.
  4. After removing new filter from packaging, replace filter handle and insert by twisting into place.
  5. Reset Refrigerator Water Filter indicator light if equipped.

 

Twist –in (interior) filter:

  1. Filter is located in the upper right interior of refrigerator.
  2. Open cover by either pushing or pulling.
  3. Release old filter by twisting counterclockwise.
  4. Insert new filter and lock into place by turning clockwise until it snaps.
  5. Reset Refrigerator Water Filter indicator light if equipped.

 

In-line filter:

  1. Turn off cold water supply.
  2. Between the shut-off valve and refrigerator, locate an easily accessible portion of tubing. Cut tubing, by using tubing cutters for copper/plastic. Cut square not angled to avoid leaks. Smooth cut edges with steel wool or file if necessary.
  3. Remove end cap on new filter and insert tubing. Lock into place by holding down end cap.
  4. Turn water supply back on.
  5. Hold filter over a bucket and run water until clear. Do this for both ends of the filter.
  6. Make sure to check for leaks

 

After replacing your refrigerator filter, make sure to run a gallon or two of water and discard.  This will flush the carbon residue from the filter.   And that’s it… mission accomplished!

If you need any advice on what kind of filter you have, part number or even installation assistance, you can contact Filters Fast, the experts in the air and water filtration industry.