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MWF vs. MXRC

Do you have a GE fridge? You might even have a Kenmore fridge made by GE (more on that later). GEs are some of the oldest and most popular refrigerators in America. The filters made by GE are just as great as the fridges. They filter well and most of the time, they maintain the flow rate for the 6 month life of the filter.

Over the years, the filters have undergone many changes to improve and serve the customers better. Several years ago, GE replaced the metal canister filter MXRC with the MWF. Here are some helpful tips if you have a fridge that has an MXRC.

  • You can still use your MXRC filter, but the newer MWF is a much better choice. It is made of plastic instead of metal, which lowers the price.
  • To use an MWF in place of an MXRC, you need a special GE filter adapter to make the MWF work.
  • The MWF has a faster flow rate and a longer life span.

 

We recommend the MWF filter (with adapter) for your fridge, even if it matches with an MXRC. The MWF is a lower priced, better filter with a longer life.

Depending on your refrigerator, the MWF with adapter may not work for you. The MWF with adapter is taller than then MXRC and depending on the height of your top shelf, the filter may not fit. If that is the case, we will gladly help you with an exchange. Contact our support team at 800-683-8353 or support@fridgefilters.com.

Food Allergies and Pesticides- Is There a Link?

By Megan Vick

You may have noticed lately that the number of people, especially children, with food allergies is increasing. With common allergens such as wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk (and milk products), fish, and shellfish, you may wonder why so many people have allergies.

Healthy-child-drinking-water

On December 3, 2012, the results of a study were released which tested the hypothesis that chemicals, specifically pesticides, in our drinking water may increase food allergies. The study did not find the two were linked. However, this same study did find (to no surprise) that both environmental pollution and food allergies are increasing in the USA.

The researchers found that while pesticides in water do not directly cause food allergies, the increase in chemicals in the water is associated with more food allergies. This study surveyed over 10,000 Americans regarding their health. Researchers analyzed the participants’ urine and determined that dichlorophenol, a chemical used in pesticides, weed-killers, and as a method of chlorinating water, was at measurable levels in over 2200 participants. Of those individuals, over half reported having either a food allergy or an environmental allergy (such as pollen). This information led the researchers to believe dichlorophenols may weaken food tolerance in some people, causing a food allergy. This could also explain why some children outgrow food allergies and why some adults develop them later in life.

Researchers did say that they cannot draw any specific conclusions on the link between pesticides in drinking water and food allergies, but there is enough evidence to warrant more research and more studies. Until we know for certain, it is recommended pregnant women, children, and those with a compromised immune system drink distilled or filtered water to help reduce the risk of developing or aggravating a food allergy.

*Read the whole article by Ryan Jaslow here

4396710 and 4396841 – Which Filter Do I Need?

By Megan Vick

 

Multiple times a day, our customer service team gets phone
calls regarding the PUR refrigerator water filter for Whirlpool/Kenmore. PUR
makes the filter for both Whirlpool and Kenmore brands and it does have many
product numbers. Both 4396710 and 4396841 will fit the same in your fridge, but
the performance may differ. Here is a quick way to help determine which filter
is right for you!

 

4396710

This is the “Advanced” filter for your model refrigerator.
This filter is slightly slower than its “Deluxe” counterpart, but it removes
more contaminants. It is also NSF tested and certified to meet or exceed NSF
standards 42 and 53.

 

The 4396710 filter is great if you have heavy metals,
pesticides, chlorine, and particulates in your water. We particularly recommend
this filter over the Deluxe filter if you have well water, live in a more rural
area, or if pesticides are used frequently in your community for landscaping.

 

PRO TIP: If your
refrigerator has “Fast Fill” or “PUR Measure” on the water dispenser, do not use this filter. Your water
dispenser’s performance will decrease significantly.

 
4396710/4396841

4396841

This is the “Deluxe” filter for your model fridge. This
filter is also known as the “Fast Fill” filter or “PUR Measure” filter due to
its higher gallon per minute output. If your water dispenser has either of the
two phrases on it, make certain you use this filter instead of the “Advanced” because
your water dispenser’s performance will suffer.

 

The 4396841 filter is excellent if you have lead, mercury,
chlorine, or particulates in your water. It is also NSF tested and certified to
meet or exceed NSF standards 42 and 53. We recommend this filter to customers
who have municipal water and want a little extra filtering of their drinking
water.

 

If you have any questions about which filter to use, don’t
hesitate to contact our customer service team by phone 800-683-8353 or by email
at support@fridgefilters.com. We
are more than happy to assist you!

Happy Filtering!

 

Friendly Fracking? Companies Embrace Solar Energy

By Megan Vick

In an odd twist of fate, many fracking companies are looking
to the clean energy sector to provide solar energy options for hydraulic
fracturing. Halliburton Co (yes, the same people responsible for the BP oil
spill in 2010) has a machine which relies on solar generated electricity in
combination with Earth’s gravity to shoot sand into underground rock. This rock
contains the ever-precious natural gas or oil. This little machine is called
the SandCastle.

Hydraulic fracturing plant

 

Fracking has generated tons of controversy because of the
threat to the environment. Specifically, fracking has come under fire for using
“proprietary chemicals” used to release the natural gas. These chemicals do
not have to be released to the public; therefore many people do not know when
the groundwater supply is contaminated. This also causes problems because common household
filters
don’t remove such potent contaminants from the water.

 

Halliburton, along with other companies, is working to build
its fracking clean-up business to continue its “environment-friendly” spin. Now,
Halliburton is promoting a product called CleanStim. CleanStim is a fracking
fluid that is made “almost entirely of enzymes from fruit and vegetable
compounds.” But, like most things involving fracking, we do not know what
CleanStim actually contains since the ingredients are proprietary.  As a symbol of faith, the CEO of Halliburton
drank CleanStim from a jar at an October conference to prove there is nothing
harmful in the fracking fluid.

 

What do you think about friendly fracking? Share your
thoughts in the comments!

 

*See the full article by David Wethe at Bloomberg
Businessweek

Wildlife Woes

By Megan Vick

With constant development all
over our country, there has been an increase in contact between humans and wild
animals (mostly bobcats and some coyotes). Now, it seems bobcats are moving
into highly populated areas like Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. Or,
perhaps, humans are moving into their territory. This new type of “co-habitation”
can have harmful effects on our health.

 

It seems the bobcat is the newest
species to get up close and personal with humans. Some people report a mother
bobcat raising kittens in their backyard, while others see them in the tree
tops hunting. Firstly, it is very important that you DO NOT feed or attempt to
pet bobcats! While they may seem extra fluffy and extra adorable, bobcats are
still extremely wild animals and can easily hurt you.

 
Bobcat

You should also note that having
wild animals living in close proximity to your home can create some issues for
your water supply. Animals, cats especially, may have disease-causing parasites
in their digestive tracts. When bobcats, you know, do their business, those
parasites are deposited on the ground where they can make their way into the
water supply.

 

Studies from the National Science Foundation's Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program show that humans and wild animals come in contact with each other more and more frequently each year. Sam Scheiner from the EEID said, "This study demonstrates that we and our wild animal neighbors are
closely interconnected in ways that affect the health of us all."

 

Parasites and microbialcysts like Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia duodenalis, and Cryptosporidium can
cause upset stomachs and diarrhea. Luckily, these little nasties can easily be
removed with a filter of .5 microns or smaller. Most refrigerator
water filters
meet this description. If you have any questions about the micron
rating of your filter, contact our customer service team at 800-683-8353 or support@fridgefilters.com.

 

Are You Prepared for a Storm?

By Megan Vick

By now, most of the East Coast is battening down the hatches
for the slow, sprawling storm, Sandy. While many people know to have plenty of
batteries, food, and water, there are a few more things to know.

 

1. If you’re hunkering down for a storm, make sure you know
your nearest shelter. Your town or county should have this information
available on its website. You can also check out the Red Cross for shelters in
your area.

2. Keep your gas tank at least half-full and be sure to have
cash on hand. If the power goes out, gas pumps and ATMs won’t work.

3. Keep your pets and livestock safe! Animals are like
family so it’s important to keep them protected too. The US
Humane Society
has constantly updated information on how to prepare for
emergencies with your pet, and what to do should you find yourself in one.

4. If you’ve got a generator, you already know how handy
they can be when the power goes out. Remember, when generators run, they emit
carbon monoxide gas. Don’t keep your generator in your home or in your garage.
Be sure it’s at least 20 feet away from your home’s doors and windows. Also, be
sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors (with a battery backup) near
sleeping areas in your home.

5. If you lose power, watch your refrigerator and freezer.
Perishables in the fridge should be thrown out after 4 hours without power.
Food in the freezer can stay there for up to 48 hours, as long as the freezer
door remains closed. A good motto: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

6. Any time there is a major storm, be prepared for boilwater advisories. With flooding and storm surge, the potential for a water
main break increases. It’s important to have safe drinking water available in
air tight containers if the power goes out (and you’re on a well) and/or if
there is a boil water advisory issued. 
Your Brita
just won’t get the nasties out in the event of a water quality advisory.

Should
you be faced with a water quality advisory, be sure to either boil your water
or drink from the reserves you already have. Once the advisory is lifted, be
sure to:

  • Toss all ice cubes, disinfect the tray and
    containers
  • Drain and refill the hot water heaters set below
    120 degrees
  • Run cold water faucets for one to two minutes
    before using the water
  • Replace ALL water filters (faucet, fridge, under
    sink, shower) that were installed when the advisory was issued

 

We want everyone to be safe before, during, and after
storms! Take care of yourself, loved ones, and animals.

 

What a Wonderful, Watery World

This article is
adapted from the original.

By Megan
Vick

 

Similar to Howard Wolowitz from TV’s The Big Bang Theory, former NASA employee and environmental
engineer, John Feighery, designed the bathroom for the International Space
Station. Feighery and his team needed to focus on efficiency, waste management,
and air and water quality to have a successful system aboard the ISS.

 
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz

In 2003, Feighery changed his focus to helping the global
water crisis. When he spoke to AlertNet, he said, “I’d been working on supplying
clean water to three or four people in space, and meanwhile there are a billion
here on Earth that don’t have it.” This profound change in thought led him to
work in Bangladesh with a group from the US Health and Human Services Department testing
well water. While he was there, he lugged around heavy equipment and had to
take notes and chart locations by hand. Because of his other physically taxing
duties, Feighery decided this process could be, and should be, easier.

 

mWater App for Android

Feighery developed mWater. mWater is an Android app which
records vital information about any given water source. This amazing app allows
a user to input the results of water quality tests and map them. Users can also
notate the appearance of the water, scent, flow, and other defining features. Photographs
can even be uploaded to give more information.

 

 

mWater is an accessible and functional tool to help people
affected by the growing global water crisis. Feighery will be working with UN
Habitat and Rwanda’s ministry of health in the future to teach employees to use
the app. These employees will be able to continue to monitor water sources and
possibly even prevent an outbreak of waterborne illness from reaching the human
population.

 

The app is available for Android devices at the Google Play
Store.

 

 

We’re Cooking with Water!

By Megan Vick


Just like brewing your morning coffee with filtered water
makes a difference in its taste, cooking with filtered water improves the taste
of your meals!

 

Any foodie will be able to give you an in depth analysis of
the textures, colors, flavors, palatability, and even gastronomical variety of
a given dish, but at the heart of any meal lies the water in which everything is
cooked. Filters provide a simple and economical solution to remove many common
contaminants from your water. A faucet filter will provide your whole family
with ready-to-use filtered water for cooking.

 

Did you know many heavy metals and VOCs in water increase in
concentration when boiled? There is a strong likelihood that unfiltered water
may have some icky stuff in it which could leach into your food while it’s simmering on the stove. Elements like chlorine and sulfur may be
present in the water and can cause both an unpleasant smell and taste in foods–especially baked goods like bread and dough. 
Cooking with filtered water sunstantially reduces your chances of
incorporating those chemicals into those delicious dinner rolls.

 

So, while you’re boiling your noodles, you’ve got to wash
the vegetables for your meal. Are you using filtered water? What if the water
you use to wash those veggies is adding pollutants instead of removing them? Currently,
there is a big movement to buy organic produce so there is no pesticide residue
in or on the fruits and vegetables. Washing your produce with your filtered
water will continue to preserve your precious produce for your meal.

 

Whether you boiled your pasta or steamed your veggies, it’s
almost a guarantee that water played a role in your meal somehow. Using
filtered water will greatly improve the flavor of your food because your food
isn’t subjected to some of the potential chemicals in your water.

 

Air Filters 101

By Megan
Vick

Even though the name says Fridge Filters, we love all types
of filters! We get so many questions on a day-to-day basis about air filters,
especially this time of year; we just couldn’t help compiling another great FAQ
list for you!

 

1. Why Do I Need an
Air Filter?

Pollen in the air can get into your home!
You need an air filter to help keep icky stuff out of your
indoor air. Numerous studies have shown many homes to have air quality that is
up to 5 times worse than outdoor air quality. The air circulating throughout
your home has pollutants from outside, like smog, pollen, smoke, and car
pollution. But your home air also has pollutants from inside, like pet dander,
smoke, dead skin cells, bacteria, and viruses. Air filters will help remove
these little things to make your breathing a bit easier.

 

2. Do I Need to
Change My Air Filter?

You most certainly do! Most filter manufacturers have a
recommended replacement time on their filters.  Typically, filters need to be changed every
month or every 3 months. By changing your air filter, you’re helping the air in
your home to stay fresh and helping your air handler work efficiently, which
saves you money.

 

3. How Can I Tell
Which Size Filter I Need?

It’s quite easy! Most filters will have the size written on
the edge of the filter. If you’re buying/building a home, your
realtor/contractor will tell you what size you need. If you still can’t find
out, you can measure your current filter to get an approximate size. Most
filters come in standard sizes and are one inch thick.

 

4. How Can I Find Out
Which Type of Filter I Need?

Filters come in many brands, many sizes, and many ratings.
The best way to determine which type of filter is right for you is to look at
your allergies and any possible air pollutants. There is a good rule of thumb
to remember. When buying air filters, the higher the MERV rating, the more
contaminants it will remove from your air. If you have any concerns, don’t
hesitate to call 800-683-8353 or send us an email!

 

5. What Is A MERV
Rating?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and it
was created to rate the effectiveness of air filters. The MERV system goes from
1 to 16, with 16 removing the most from the air.

 
Filtrete-air-filters

6. What is a MPR
rating?

MPR stands for Microparticle Performance Rating. This rating
is through Filtrete.  While it will not
help you compare Filtrete filters to other brands, it will help you determine
which Filtrete filter to purchase. It is intuitive in the way that the higher
the MPR, the more micro-particles it will help remove. With a high MPR rated
filter, you will see there is much more filter media packed into the same
amount of space.

 

7. What Kind of
Filter Media Do I Need?

There are 3 main types of filters for HVAC units:
Fiberglass, Polyester and pleated, and HEPA filters. The most common are
fiberglass and polyester/pleated because they are the most disposable of the
filters. HEPA filters are great for those with severe allergies or respiratory
issues; however they are more expensive and may restrict air flow in an HVAC
unit. Be sure to check with an efficiency expert before using a HEPA filter in
your home.

 

Molecule Cafe & the Art of Water

By Megan
Vick

 

Not too long ago, in a galaxy far, far, away… Wait, wrong
story. 

 
Fresh tap water

Not too long ago, we heard about a café in New York’s East
Village selling tap water for $2.50 per bottle. 
When it comes to water quality, there seem to be two schools of
thought.  The first school of thought is
that water should be municipally treated with certain processes and chemicals
to remove bad things and add good things. 
The second school of thought is that water should be 100% pure and have
no minerals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or anything else in there other than
H2O.  There is also a good mix of people
who fall in the middle of these two schools of thought.  The folks at Molecule want
water better than what the city is offering, and now they are offering it to
you.

 

Molecule has a $25,000 reverse osmosis system with seven
stages of purification and treatment. 
According to The
Wall Street Journal
, their specialized filtration system delivers UV ray
treatment and ozone treatments in addition to the osmosis.  No wonder they have to charge so much for tap
water.

 

It’s well known that New York City has some of the
finest tap water in the world, so how is Molecule Café improving upon that? In
addition to “fluffy” and “smooth” water (have you ever had rough water?),
Molecule will help you create your own concoction of electrolytes, pH
infusions, vitamin “shots,” and herb, fruit, and vegetable “blasts” to add to
your water.  Some of these medleys have
uniquWater Moleculese names like “Immunity,” “Skin, hair, and nails,” and “Energy.”  The co-owners even have some ideas of
expanding their unique niche into sports drinks and possibly even a
cocktail-type bar for H2O lovers.  They
also will deliver water using BPA free jugs to homes and businesses in the area
using a tricycle for adults.

 

This might seem like a crazy, far-fetched,
never-going-to-work idea, but if you’ve ever been to NYC’s East Village, you’ll
know this might just be the one place it could work.  Next time you’re in the East Village, stop by
and check it out. In the meantime, don't forget to change your fridge filter so you can continue to enjoy your water for pennies per gallon.