How Water and Air Filtration Affect Your Quality of Food

We all need food to survive. According to NPR.org, Americans eat 1,996 pounds of food per year. That is equivalent to the weight of an elephant. July is National Culinary Arts Month, a month long celebration to promote awareness of cooks and their contributions to new culinary trends. Any cook will tell you that having great food quality is critical to any dish that you are preparing. Did you know that air and water has a big impact on the food we eat. How? For starters, water is used throughout the production of food. From the farm to processing to the kitchen table, water is a direct ingredient in many of our favorite dishes.

Hard water in particular can have a negative impact on food quality. How? Fruits and vegetables become extremely tough if cooked in hard water. This is due to the amount of calcium ions in the water influencing its textural properties. The taste of pasta can also be negatively affected by this. The Everpure Water Softening Cartridge softens your water by reducing minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are the culprits of hard water. This cartridge will also help improve the taste of your beverages, such as tea or coffee as well.

Sometimes, half the battle in food quality is keeping the food fresh. To do this, many of us resort to our refrigerator to keep meals safe to consume. But often, the refrigerator could be doing the opposite of what we want it to do. If your refrigerator air filter has not been replaced or is not working properly, your food will not stay fresh and will create unpleasant food odors in your fridge. How do you overcome this problem? The Frigidaire PureAir Ultra Refrigerator Air Filter eliminates foul odors from your refrigerator and freezer. This Frigidaire filter uses a combination of activated carbon, baking soda and zeolites, that will last up to 6 months and help food stay fresh.

Even if you are not a culinary artist, you still want to prepare meals that are pleasing to the palate for you and your family. The next time you notice a drop in your food quality, do not automatically blame your cooking. It could be a result of the water quality or even your refrigerator’s air filter.

Change Your Filters for Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time is approaching for those of us who live in the United States. We set our clocks one hour forward in the spring, which means that we set them back one hour on Sunday, November 6. Daylight Savings Time also happens to be the perfect opportunity to remember to change, replace, or inspect your air and water filters, which we previously discussed in our Energy Conserving Tips guide. Here are a few recommendations that will help improve the quality of your home and save you money on energy costs:

Replace your air furnace filters

Air filters should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on your indoor air quality and the conditions where you live. With the proper air filter you will be able to reduce airborne contaminants in your home, including dust, dirt, and various allergens.

We sell a complete line of air furnace filters that will provide you with the high indoor air quality you deserve. The Filters Fast Air & Furnace Filters Merv 11, 6-pack is a solid choice that is both economical and highly effective.

Replace your refrigerator filters

Refrigerator filters help deliver refreshingly clean, cold water to your home by removing chlorine and off tastes and odors. Several refrigerator filters will also be able to remove even more harmful contaminants, such as cysts, lead, mercury, pesticides and more. Refrigerator filters will also provide clean ice, so that the other drinks you serve will be free of off flavors.

Two popular choices are the Maytag Puriclean II UKF8001 Filter and the GE MWF SmartWater Filter, though your choice ultimately depends on which refrigerator water filter is most compatible with the refrigerator you have at home.

Replace your humidifier filter

A humidifier releases clean moisture throughout your home in order to relieve the symptoms associated with dry air. You and your family will breathe more comfortably and have relief from cough and cold symptoms, such as itchy throat and cough. Humidifier filters should be replaced regularly and Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to do so. Our website lists our humidifier filters based on brand, so you can find out which filter best matches your humidifier.

Several popular choices include the Aprilaire 35 humidifier water panel evaporator and the Holmes HWF100 Humidifier Filter.

Upgrade your thermostat

In today’s day and age it’s a good idea to upgrade your old thermostat to a digital thermostat, which offers you more comfort and convenience, as well as total control over your home’s air quality. Recently we discussed how to install a digital thermostat, which is easier to do than you might imagine. A quality digital thermostat will have a menu and several control options for added versatility.

An excellent option is to upgrade to the Honeywell Vision PRO 8000 Thermostat or the Honeywell PRO 4000 Programmable Thermostat 1007.

While it’s tough to remember when exactly to change your air and water filters, try to view Daylight Savings Time as the best opportunity to maintain the best indoor air quality and water filtration in your home.

Back to School Buyer’s Guide – College Edition

It’s mid-August, which means that summer is nearly over and school is almost in session. For college students who live on campus the transition from the comfort of home to the dorm room can be quite difficult. The transition is also difficult for parents who have to make sure that their young scholars are prepared for life on their own. While it’s important to remember essentials like soap, toothpaste, towels, bed sheets, and clothes, here at Filters Fast we’ve compiled a list of back-to-school items that you may not have thought of or even anticipated.

1. Brita Pitcher “Slim Model” Water Filtration System

Brita Pitcher

Students living in a dormitory on campus may not have continual access to water in the way they do at home. A Brita Pitcher allows you to fill up on water all at once and store it in your refrigerator. This “Slim Model” includes a pitcher with a filter to reduce lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium from water and is shaped to provide extra room in the fridge. Finding clean water is made simple with this pitcher filter that is affordably priced.

 

2. Brita Bottle Blue Water Purifier

Brita Water Bottle - Blue

In addition to ensuring that your children have clean water in their living spaces, be sure that they have a portable method of carrying water with them to classes. The Brita Water Bottle provides an option for filtering water on the go without sacrificing taste or portability. The bottle holds 24 ounces and can be refilled approximately 150 times before needing a filter replacement.

 

3. Klean Kanteen Bottles

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Klean Kanteen water bottles are perfect for carrying water on the go, whether it’s on the way to class or for a camping trip. At Filters Fast we provide many different shapes and sizes for Klean Kanteen bottles which are BPA-free and made of food-grade stainless steel. They also feature attractive and durable designs in several color options.

 

4. Filtrete Water Station – Four Bottle Water Filter

3M Filtrete Water Station

The Filtrete Water Station provides the clean water of a filter and the portability of a water bottle. Simply fill the station with water from the sink and the station will filter that water into 4 reusable BPA-free water bottles that you can take anywhere. This water station provides drinking water that is both portable and clean. In addition, the filter and the bottles are easily replaced.

 

5. Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer

Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer

If your children have a refrigerator it’s important to make sure that the food in the fridge stays fresh. The Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer fits easily onto the shelf of the refrigerator and leads to fresher, longer lasting produce and fruit. It also absorbs strong food odors for your convenience.

 

6. TrueAir Plug Mount Odor Eliminator with Scent

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Help your children maintain high indoor air quality in their dorm or apartment with this TrueAir Plug Mount Odor Eliminator. This air odor eliminator features a carbon filter that neutralizes and eliminates unpleasant odors while also freshening the air. This plug mount odor eliminator can be used in many different types of rooms and helps increase air quality.

 

7. TrueAir Room Odor Eliminator Air Cleaner

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The TrueAir Room Odor Eliminator Air Cleaner is an air cleaner that keeps entire rooms smelling fresh and clean. This odor eliminator utilizes 3 carbon filters to trap and neutralize odors instead of simply masking them. Its compact size allows it to fit snugly in a small room in need of odor removal or air freshening. This odor removal tool has multiple applications, including kitchen, smoke, bathroom, and pet areas.

 

8. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – Drop Shape

Crane-Drop-Shape-Humidifier

In some areas air quality could be improved by having moister air. The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides the additional moisture you need in this Drop Shape model that is both aesthetically pleasing and compact. The Crane humidifier provides relief for dry skin and the symptoms associated with coughs, colds, and the flu, and supplies indoor moisture for easier breathing and the relief of nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation.