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5 Ways To Wise Up Your Water Usage During National Water Quality Month

Fix Leaky Faucet During National Water Quality MonthFor years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized August as National Water Quality Month, a time for us all to think about both the positive and negative impact we have on this resource.

We love the occasion, for obvious reasons, but oftentimes can find ourselves overwhelmed with seemingly endless ideas for how we can make and encourage positive change. In fact, this post comes at the midway point of the month, as it took just that long to whittle down our original list of 1,000 to a more manageable list of the five items below.

With that, here are five ways you can more effectively use water during the back half of National Water Quality Month:

1. Find & Fix Even The Smallest Leaks
If there has ever been a home immune to leaks, drips, and drops – we have yet to see it. And while the leaks may be small, as little as one drip per minute, from one faucet per day, can waste away more than 100 gallons yearly. To see how quickly this can get out of hand when multiplied by multiple homes, faucets and drips – check out this calculator from the US Geological Survey (USGS.) If we all commit to fixing those tiny leaks in our individual homes, our world as a whole will be in much better shape.

Matt Lauer Takes Ice Bucket Challenge2. Order All The Replacement Air & Fridge Filters You’ll Need In One Fell Swoop
In September, the kids head back to school. October we spend winterizing our yard and home. November and December, of course, are a holiday blur. This makes August the perfect time to buy those air filters and fridge filters you’ll need to carry you through the balance of the year. Get it done now and you won’t need to think about reordering again until we hit 2015!

3. Nominate Someone Close For The Ice Bucket Challenge…With One Caveat
Will the ice bucket challenge ever stop? Probably. But certainly not by the end of National Water Quality Month. While gimmicky, this challenge – launched in support of the ALS Foundation – is also an example of a viral charitable campaign that has unequivocally worked. Through today, this challenge has raised more than $41 million for ALS research, with no signs of stopping. So while the getting’s good, nominate someone close to you, but include one caveat. In addition to accepting the challenge of being covered in freezing cold water, make the nominee share one hot tip for conserving an equal amount of water. A tip, like, fixing a leaky faucet.

Downton Abbey Promotional Shot With Errant Water Bottle4. Keep A Water Bottle Close By…No Matter What…
Whatever you do this month, whether it’s enjoying the final few summer nights, heading out for that one final summer road trip, or even taking promotional photos for that British costume drama from the early 1900s that you’re starring in, always have that bottle of water close-by.

5…But Always Strive For The Most Eco-Friendly Option
We love both pictures of the Downton Abbey cast, including the oopsies with the water bottle to the left and the self-deprecating version below where the cast had a bit of fun while driving awareness for WaterAid UK. But if we could offer just one suggestion, it would be to replace those plastic water bottles with more eco-friendly versions, including those found at our online store.Stars of Downton Abbey Pose With Water Bottles For WaterAid UK  Not only will eco-friendly water bottles pay for themselves almost instantly, they’ll help to reduce the risk of spent plastic bottles winding up in oceans and landfills!

What ideas do you have for wising up water usage during the back half of National Water Quality Month? I invite you to share via a comment below.

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Replace Your Fridge Filters Today, Get Ready For Back To School Season Tomorrow

Back To School Season - Coming SoonAt FridgeFilters.com, historically, August and September have been slower months. The reason? Per numerous comments from our customers over the years, when it’s time to send the kids back to school, a lot of other necessary errands simply get pushed to the side. One of these errands just happens to be replacing fridge filters.

At issue with this is more than just dealing with less-than-perfect water quality for a few extra weeks (although, why deal with this if you don’t have to?) But rather, the risk is that this period of a few extra weeks can quickly become a few extra months, as the end of back to school season runs smack dab into the middle of a whole host of business, including:

Remembering to revisit one errand that you’ve put off is easy enough, but trying to lump that one errand into an already overflowing schedule is something else entirely.

Today’s post is for those of you due to replace your fridge filter anytime between now and October. Rather than struggling to remember this critical errand while in the middle of back to school season, or forcing this errand out into an already busy autumn, let’s get it taken care of today.

In fact, we’ll even help you justify this earlier than needed purchase by offering you 10% off between now and next Monday, July 28th. Simply use the code ‘Back2School’ at check-out when buying online. You may also share this code with one of our customer service reps when buying over the phone at 800-683-8353.

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Stay Hydrated For These Late Summer Happenings

Summer Dehydration DoldrumsIt’s that time of year.

We look forward to the fall, while summer temperatures continue to increase.

Every last trip we plan, whether to the beach or the deep into the Great Outdoors, may just be the last of the year.

And while we may be thirsty, the seasonal doldrums make it more difficult to focus on what we need to do in order to stay hydrated.

If we’ve made it past Independence Day, but are still too far away to consider ourselves in the ‘dog days,’ it’s safe to say that many of us may find ourselves in the summer doldrums.

While this is a great time of year to give ourselves an excuse to be a little lazy, we never want this peaceful malaise to get in the way of all-important hydration.

After all, we still have a lot to look forward to, including:

2014 All Star Game1. MLB All-Star Game – the one All-Star Game in all four major professional sports that matters, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight (July 15th) in our home base of Minneapolis, MN.

Whether you plan to attend the game in person, or watch it from the comfort of your clean air-conditioned home, drinking enough water throughout the day will ensure you can stay awake through the inevitable late end without feeling like a zombie the next day.

2. That Last Camping Trip of the Season – that last camping trip of the season is a great time to create memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, it’s also a great time for Mother Nature to create harmful algae blooms in major waterways found around campsites, including the Great Lakes.

Algae bloom or no algae bloom, you can never be sure what type of water quality conditions or shortages you may run into when leaving the comfort of your home. To ensure you stay hydrated in even the most unexpected and inhospitable outdoors conditions, we would highly recommend browsing our selection of camping or RV filters, prior to your trip.

Stay Hydrated For Football Practice3. Football Camp – in late summer, football players at nearly every level – from high school to pro – will have reported to their respective camps. A sport more suited to be played in brisker fall temperatures, there have been far too many unfortunate and tragic incidents related to dehydration of players simply not accustomed to the summer conditions. (Our own Korey Stringer comes immediately to mind.)

If you are reporting to camp, or know someone that is, remember to always have or insist upon having a source of hydration close by. We can even help with our robust selection of eco-friendly water bottles, found here.

4. Month Three of Dry Air Conditioned Air – this time of year, it can be difficult to stay hydrated, even if you forgo those last outings in favor of the Great Indoors. The reason why is that air conditioned air can be very dry, despite being quite comfortable temperature-wise. If you prefer to be a homebody this time of the summer, be sure that you have what you need on hand – from water bottles to those replacement fridge filters you need – to help you stay hydrated in the face of dry indoor air.

Stay Hydrated When You Go Back To School5. Back to School! – while the official calendar may still say it’s summertime, the school calendar says it’s time to come back. Whether you are a parent breathing a sigh of relief, or a student getting prepped, remember that one of the keys to staying smart is to stay hydrated. But don’t just take our slightly biased word for it.  Dr. Philippa Norman shares how hydration is key to brain health on her site, here.

To help ensure your whole family is able to stay hydrated during back to school season, check out our selection of water bottles (linked here, once again) – or simply ensure that all filters in your home are ready to handle back to school hydration duties by finding the entire range of filters you need at our online store.

What else do you do to ensure you stay hydrated in late summer, and just as importantly, what late summer events do you ensure you stay hydrated for? I invite you to share, via a comment below.

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5 Tips For Buying Air Filters

3M Filtrete Air Filters[While we love these six pill-free allergy relief tips from Woman’s Day, we can’t help but feel that they missed one big and important tip – replace your used air filters!

In the post below, find five tips for ensuring you buy the right air filters to ensure your furnace or air conditioner fills your home with only the cleanest indoor air.]

There’s a very good reason that you see more promotions and better deals on air filters during the fall and spring.  Simply, many just don’t think to swap out their air filters until out-of-control allergies force their hand.

In that sense, we know this post is not in any way trendsetting.  We’ll just have to settle for helpful, instead.

As you find yourself in the biannual air filter buying cycle, keep these five tips in mind:

1. Now Is The Time To Buy & Stock Up
Those that sell air filters, including us, know that Fall and Spring are the times you need to buy.  In response, you are going to see some great deals encouraging you to stock-up.  Our advice? Do it.

While now is the time that changing air filters is on your mind, odds are good that you’ll need to replace your filter again before spring, when these deals crop up again.  At a minimum, we’d recommend buying at least two filters to get you to that next sale period.

2. Don’t Wait Longer Than Three Months
Typical lifespan of an air filter is three months.  Check out the image to the left, courtesy of the San Diego Real Estate Inspection Company, for a nasty one that’s clearly gone a bit longer. It’s possible that some filters may need to be replaced more frequently and it’s also possible that a filter could last a miraculously long time.  It depends heavily on the quality of air being passed through.Dirty Air Filter

Even if you don’t find yourself changing your air filter every ninety days, at a minimum, check the filter to ensure it is holding up.  There’s nothing worse than paying more than you should on HVAC maintenance because you went too long between swapping out a $20 – 40 air filter.

3. Better Prices & Deals Are Available Online
Nearly all the big box stores are in the air filters business.  While their prices may be competitive, they will rarely be able to approach the prices online stores like ours are able to offer.

If you are in the market for an air filter this month, we would encourage you to compare our prices on top brands – including 3M Filtrete – against the big box stores.  If you do find a better price, let us know (1-800-683-8353) and we’d be happy to offer a price match if you send the information our way.  Also keep in mind that all orders placed by 4pm CST typically will ship same day.

4. MERV Ratings, MPR Ratings & Thickness: Bigger Not Always Better
It should come as no surprise that at FridgeFilters.com, we pride ourselves on knowing a little bit about water filters.  As such, we oftentimes find ourselves talking customers out of more lucrative purchases, simply because the needs of the customer don’t warrant bigger systems.   With air filter MERV ratings, MPR Ratings and thickness, our advice is similar.

3M Filtrete 4 Inch Furnace Air FilterMERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a score indicating how much dirt, dust and dander the filter captures.  MPR is a 3M term that stands for Microparticle Performance Rating.  Higher scores mean the filter captures more particles.  So why wouldn’t you want the highest ratings available?  The answer lies in your type of HVAC system’s ability to handle higher rated filters.  Higher rated and thicker filters will resist air flow in the process of blocking more particles, and if your HVAC can’t handle it, it could quickly fail.  There’s almost nothing worse than paying to repair, or to buy a new, HVAC system just because of an unnecessarily large filter.

Higher rated and thicker air filters – like the beast to the left – are designed for those with hard-core allergies or significant air quality issues (think heavy smoke and pet dander.)  Most will get by with an air filter with a MERV rating of 11 or lower.

The best thing you can do to determine what type of filter you need is to see what type of air filter is currently in your furnace – and buy the same model.  If you are still in doubt, we welcome you to call our customer service department (that number again, 1-800-683-8353) for help.

5. Air Filters Are Just As Important For Your Fridge
It’s amazing how much funkier dirty fridge air smells after you’ve gone through the effort to swap out your air filters and eliminate dust and dander throughout your house.

Frigidaire PureAir Refrigerator Air FilterA refrigerator air filter, like the model we offer to the left, will help keep the air in your fridge de-funk-ified for about six months.  For really nasty odors, may we also recommend Gonzo refrigerator odor eliminator?

If you have more tips for buying air filters, we encourage you to share them with our readers with a comment below.

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3 Days Left: Refrigerator Air Filters Ensure Your Fridge Doesn’t Smell Like The Ghost of Christmas Past

Frigidaire PAULTRA Refrigerator Air FilterIt’s amazing how quickly yesterday’s holiday feast can become today’s holiday leftovers taking up space in your fridge.

Once you reach that point, it becomes a race against time to consume the food before it spoils, lest it go to waste.

Regardless of how quickly you eat up those leftovers though, they will make their presence known, in odors ranging from nostalgic to unpleasant.

Fortunately, you still have time to get the refrigerator air filters you need to ensure joyous holiday feasts do not become unpleasant holiday odors.

At FridgeFilters.com, we are proud to offer a wide selection of refrigerator air filters, alongside one of the largest selections of refrigerator water filters you’ll find online.  The Frigidaire PAULTRA refrigerator air filter pictured above is built for the new Frigidaire Gallery and Professional side-by-side French door refrigerators specifically, but we are also happy to offer refrigerator air filters from Whirlpool, Electrolux and Amana.

We even offer a universal air filter built to fit all fridge models.  If you find or anticipate yourself in a worst case scenario, we’d also be happy to offer you a box of Gonzo Odor Eliminator.

If you need help finding any refrigerator air filter, or any other product that can help ensure holiday odors don’t permeate your fridge this year, please call our customer service team at 1-800-683-8353.

All orders placed by Monday, December 16th are scheduled to arrive at their destinations by Christmas Eve.

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6 Days Left To Get Your Air Filters Before Christmas

3M Filtrete Air FiltersYou can almost feel it now.  The warm indoor air generated by the combined breath of your holiday guests.  Odds are either you or one of your guests suffers from an all-too-common dust or dirt allergy that only gets exasperated in this type of setting.  And if your air quality begins to become noticeable, you are almost certain to hear about it.

Regardless of the challenges inherent with having so many people in your home over the holidays, or dealing with seemingly never-ending seasonal allergies, a good host will do everything possible to provide a good experience.  Ensuring your home has good air quality, by ensuring your air filters are clean and up to date, is one step you can take to achieve this goal.

At FridgeFilters.com, we are happy to offer hundreds of different types of air filters from 3M Filtrete, from the most common 1” sizes to thicker 4” sizes designed for homes with significant air quality issues.  We are even happy to offer air purifiers and air purifier replacement filters for those that need just a little bit extra.

If you need to replace your air filters before the holidays, place your order on our site by 4pm CST on Monday, December 16th and we will ensure they are in your hands – or better yet, in your furnace or purifier – by Christmas Eve.  Get started by finding the air filters you need by reviewing our selection of 1” furnace air filters, air purifiers and replacement filters or 4″ whole house air cleaner filters.

If you need help getting started, check out our recent post sharing five air filter buying tips or call our dedicated customer support team at 1-800-683-8353.

We invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to be the first to learn about exclusive deals on our refrigerator water filters and furnace air filters.

Are you a veteran, currently serving in the Armed Forces, or are you buying a gift for a veteran or soldier?  Use the discount code ‘SOLDIER’ at checkout to take 10% off your entire order!