Plastic Water Bottles: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Plastic Water Bottles - The GoodVery little in life is either all good or all bad.  Take plastic water bottles, for instance.  We hear the horror stories regarding BPA and see the images of over-stuffed landfills and could rightly assume that plastic water bottles are a scourge that need to be removed from our society.

But classifying plastic water bottles, or the bottled water industry, as just ‘good’ or ‘bad’ misses out on some of the subtleties behind this issue – and even some of the good that the growth in the bottled water industry represents.

Before you make your next bottled water purchase, or next time you find yourself taking sides in a plastic water bottle debate, ensure that you are armed with the good, bad and the ugly facts below:

The Good of Plastic Water Bottles:
Recent data indicates that the bottled water industry brings in nearly 12 billion dollars each year.  Before we dig into whether or not this represents a good trend, let’s first acknowledge that if nothing else this indicates that Americans are on a water drinking kick.  And considering some reports indicate up to 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration, and that our own First Lady had to schoolmarm up the airwaves to plead with us to drink more water, this can’t be a bad thing, right?

Plastic Water Bottles - Seabed PollutionThe Bad of Plastic Water Bottles:
In the Pacific Ocean is a trash vortex as big as the size of Texas.  Much of this trash vortex is made up of plastics used in the manufacture of products like plastic water bottles.  Some studies indicate that 10% of all plastic used will someday make it into our oceans.  On top of this, 80% of plastic water bottles will end up in landfills where they will slowly degrade, releasing toxic chemicals along the way.  This is about as far from good as you can possibly be.

The Ugly of Plastic Water Bottles:
As of 2009, one person at the FDA was in charge of bottled water oversight, per data cited by the bottled water documentary Tapped.  That’s one person overseeing the safety of a multi-billion dollar industry.  Tapped, and several other sources rightly report that most water used in plastic water bottles differs very little from the water pouring from your municipal source.  The key difference, of course, is that bottling water exposes it to BPA, an industrial chemical used in plastics that may seep into food or beverages.

Dark Side of Plastic Water BottlesFor those that are comfortable with the small risk posed by BPA or with the fact that the bottled water industry has a relative lack of oversight, there is one more ugly fact that is sure to trouble anyone:  bottled water, by the gallon, is twice the cost of gasoline.  Here’s the math:

20 oz bottle of water = $1.50.
One gallon = 128 ounces.
128 ounces = 6.4 bottles of water.
6.4 x $1.50 = $9.60.

If you are drinking one bottle of water from time to time, and you are responsible with your trash, you will likely experience only the good of bottled water.  But if you are buying it consistently by the case, you could wind up spending thousands of dollars lifetime on a product no different, no safer – and potentially more harmful to your health and to our planet’s health when taken in large doses – than what you could get by turning on your tap.

If you are trying to break a bottled water habit, or at the very least trying to significantly cut back, here are some products that we would recommend.  Note that making the switch to any of the products below will give you the great taste you are looking for from bottled water, provide you with a beverage with significantly fewer contaminants – and, of course – save you money in the long run:Brita Faucet Filters

1. Faucet Water Filtration Systems – manufactured by brands ranging from Culligan to Brita, a faucet filter will easily connect to most sinks and reduce up to 99% of contaminants that can cause water flavor issues.  Simply turning on your faucet will give you the great tasting water that bottled water can only hope to achieve.

2. Water Filter Pitchers – While Brita may be the most popular, brands ranging from PUR to 3M offer water filter pitchers that give you the same great tasting water, virtually contaminant free, that is easy to chill to fridge temp.

Klean Kanteen Green Stainless Steel Water Bottle3. Water Filter Bottles – most that buy bottled water will do so on the go, rather than at home.  Water filter bottles from companies ranging from Brita to Klean Kanteen start at around $23 and will filter up to 99% of contaminants from 20 or more gallons of water.  These things pay for themselves after just a few uses – and like their in-home counterparts, will give you great tasting, virtually contaminant free drinking water that bottled water manufacturers only wish they could promise.

The growth of the bottled water market means we are drinking more water as a culture.  If we can just scale back our dependence on bottled water, and focus instead on just drinking water, we can take the good without the bad that comes along with it.

If you need help finding or placing an order for a water filter or water filter bottle, please call our customer service department at 1-800-683-8353.

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3 Reasons To Order Your Refrigerator Water Filters Before Christmas

Santa Claus Shopping For Refrigerator Water FiltersWe can tell you that over the previous week, and through the end of the year, sales for refrigerator water filters will take a natural dip.  After all, it’s much more fun to spend our holiday budget on the things we want, rather than the things we need.

We certainly understand the logic of waiting on commodities until after our yearly period of wants has ended.  That said, while it may be counter-intuitive, right now is truly the perfect time to get your refrigerator water filters order in.  Here are three reasons why:

1. Your Water Usage Will Go Up Over The Holidays
We send out reminders every six months to our customers alerting them that it’s time to change their refrigerator water filters.  While six months is usually a pretty accurate indicator of a filter’s lifespan, this is a lifespan based on typical water usage.  And there is nothing typical about anything over the holidays, a time when your filter will be working overtime to produce the volume of clean drinking water and ice you’ll need.

Bottom-line, ordering your refrigerator water filter now ensures that you’ll have a replacement on-hand after holiday water usage drives your filter towards a likely premature end.

2. The Deals Are There
As a water filter provider, we know that there are other things you have to spend your money on.  So we’re ready to make some deals.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water FilterJust by reading this far down this post, in fact, you’ve discovered two coupon codes that we’re happy to share over the holiday season – ‘SOLDIER’ – offering 10% off for those of you that are veterans, current members of the military, or members of military families – and ‘FACEBOOK5’ – offering 5% off for anyone out there that has ever used Facebook.  Our guess is that most of you would fall into one or more of these groups this season!

3. We Built A New Website For Your Christmas Present!
Just this week, we were happy to launch a new and improved FridgeFilters.com.  The filters you need are now easier to find, specs and product descriptions have been brought up to date and our check-out process is a breeze!

This site was built especially for our customers – and quite a bit of feedback we’ve received over the years went into its development.  We hope you take some time to enjoy it this holiday season, use it to more easily find the refrigerator water filters you need – and, of course – to share any additional feedback you have with us!

If you need help finding or placing an order for a refrigerator water filter, please call our customer service department 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!

2 Days Left: Klean Kanteen Water Bottles Are The Gifts or Stocking Stuffers You Still Need

Klean Kanteen Green Stainless Steel Water BottleWe’re at the holiday home stretch now.  Your plans are near finalized and the bottom of your tree is likely full of gifts.  But there’s always just a little bit more to get, and this little bit more is sometimes not got until the very last minute.  This is the world of stocking stuffers.

Over the past week at FridgeFilters.com, we’ve shared more about the product lines we carry – specifically refrigerator filters and furnace air filters – that we recommend stocking up on before the holiday season.  But we are also happy to offer on our site several products that make for great gifts or stocking stuffers.  Filtered water bottles from Klean Kanteen are just such products.

The Klean Kanteen filtered water bottles we offer come in colors ranging from ocean blue, to indicator red, to the green water bottle pictured above.  We are even happy to offer a water bottle from Klean Kanteen that supports breast cancer research.

Klean Kanteen water bottles are dishwasher safe, BPA free and eco-friendly.  They make great gifts for anyone that needs to stay hydrated throughout the day or stay hydrated throughout an adventure.  And if you’re buying for the adventurous type, we are also happy to offer Klean Kanteen carabiners and interchangeable loop caps that make it easy to clip the bottle to everything from a belt to a backpack.

If Klean Kanteen water bottles sounds like a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for someone you know, order online by 4pm CST on Monday, December 16th and we’ll help to ensure it arrives by Christmas Eve.  If you need help selecting a specific bottle or component, please call our customer service department at 1-800-683-8353.

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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!

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.

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!

4 Days Left: Faucet Filters Are Your Secret Holiday Weapon

Brita Faucet FiltersYour holiday guests are thirsty.

Your holiday guests are hungry.

Your holiday guests are still missing some presents under the tree.

And as for you, the holidays are leaving you just a touch dehydrated.

Our guess is that many of you will find yourself in one of the situations above, before the next few weeks are out.  Fortunately, faucet filters can be your secret weapon for getting through every one of these scenarios unscathed.

Think first about the activity that will happen in and out of your kitchen.  You may have just reinstalled your refrigerator water filters, and for good measure, you may have just refilled your Culligan or Brita water filter pitcher.  But many will still flock towards the kitchen sink for that much needed hydration.  Ensuring your tap water is clean and ready to drink makes for both happy holidays guests and a great holiday host.

It also goes without saying that much of the food prepared in your kitchen this holiday season will depend on your tap water as a key ingredient.  Installing a faucet filter to reduce contaminants and impurities in your tap water has the added benefit of ensuring that anything you cook with this water will also represent the cleanest possible food.

Finally, if you are still struggling to fill those last few spots under the tree, there is no greater gift you can give to someone than clean drinking water.  A faucet filter makes an ideal gift for anyone living in a home with older pipes, families that consume enormous amounts of water, or anyone that finds themselves moving frequently – including students or military personnel.

In addition to the Brita faucet filter linked to above, we are proud to offer faucet filter systems from GE and from the Culligan On-Tap series on our site.

Whether you need a faucet filter for yourself or as a gift this holiday season – place your order with us by 4pm CST on Monday, December 16th and we’ll make sure you have it by Christmas Eve.

For any questions about the types of faucet filters we offer, or for help finding a specific model, 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!

5 Days Left: Shower Filters Are Great For Holiday Gifts & For Holiday Guests

Culligan Hand-Held Filtered Shower Head At FridgeFiltersOver the last year, shower filters have experienced a surge in popularity.  This surge may seem unusual to some as the family shower is typically not where most of us get our drinking water.

While shower water typically isn’t consumed for hydration, between once or twice a day, this stream completely surrounds our bodies.  The contaminants and impurities you filter out of the other water sources throughout your home – whether chlorine in the city or sediment in the country – will be just as present in your shower tap without a good filter.

In the shower, common water contaminants and impurities pose a whole host of different issues, including dry skin and damaged hair.  Unfiltered shower water can also make its way into your body via the steam and vapors that arise while you bathe.

As we get closer to the holidays, many of you are no doubt preparing for a wave of houseguests.  Even more of you are no doubt preparing for that last wave of holiday gift shopping.  For either holiday scenario, a good shower filter is an ideal solution.

Shower filters make great holiday gifts for households with small children, pets or anyone else that suffers from dry, sensitive skin or allergies.  Installing a shower filter in your own home prior to the arrival of houseguests also makes you a better host, ensuring that you create an even more comfortable atmosphere for your friends or family that may feel a bit overwhelmed and out of their element over the holiday season.

At FridgeFilters.com, we offer several different types of shower filters, including inline shower filters from OmniFilter and the hand-held Culligan filtered shower head pictured above.  Many of these shower filter systems can go up to 12 months between filter cartridge changes, based on a typical household’s usage.  Better yet, any order placed prior to Monday, December 16th will be in your hands prior to Christmas Eve.

For any questions about the types of shower filters we offer, or for help finding a specific model, 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!

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!

7 Days Left To Get Your Refrigerator Water Filters By Christmas

Whirlpool 4396710 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water FilterThere is a lot that you can predict over the holidays.

Your home will be full of guests.

Your fridge, pantry and water supply will all be raided by family and friends alike.

Your time will dash madly to the very last minute as you gather the holiday gifts and products you need – including refrigerator water filters, of course – to make the season a one-of-a-kind experience.

Unfortunately, not all holiday predictions result in a positive outcome.  For instance, if you order the holiday gifts and products you need just one day too late, you can predict that there will be some unhappiness around your tree or your table.

At FridgeFilters.com, we want to do everything we can to make your holiday season predictably special.  Today marks the first in our series of countdown posts alerting you to how many days you have left to order and receive your refrigerator water filters by Tuesday, December 24th – better known as Christmas Eve.

Whether you are buying a refrigerator water filter to ensure your Whirlpool pours clean water and ice for your guests, a Brita faucet filter you hope will make a great gift for a water quality-challenged friend – or even a set of 3M Filtrete air filters for your furnace – you have until next Monday, December 16th to get your order in and receive prior to Christmas.  And remember – all orders over $75 will automatically ship free.

If you are looking for the refrigerator water filters you need, or even if you are looking for the perfect way to give the gift of clean drinking water to someone close, please call our customer service department 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 water quality products.

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!

FridgeFilters.com Is Offering Deals Today Through Black Friday & Cyber Monday!

FridgeFilters.com - Black Friday DealsSome of you may be lured into the big box stores this weekend in the hopes of landing some unbelievable doorbuster deals.  Others may be stuck going to the big box stores this weekend, whether you want to or not, because you’ve neglected to stock up on those one or two items you need to get you through the next holiday wave.

What most of you will have in common is that you will wish you could put the stress of Black Friday behind you, once and for all.  At FridgeFilters.com, we may be able to help.

Today, through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re offering the same types of doorbuster deals that shoppers line up days in advance for.  But we’re offering them early – and we’re offering them all online.

From 15% off Brita faucet filter replacements to 10% off Culligan water pitchers, we’re offering a once-in-a-lifetime mix of the products you need to get your house ready for the holidays – and to get ahead on your gift shopping!  We’re even offering Nubo water bottles for just $7 – so you can stock up on these perfect stocking stuffers.

Check out our full list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, good now through Monday, December 2nd.

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 and new products.

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!

5 Tips For Buying Air Filters

3M Filtrete Air FiltersThere’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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Are you a veteran, currently serving in the Armed Forces, or are you placing an order on behalf of a veteran or soldier?  Use the discount code ‘SOLDIER’ at checkout to take 10% off your entire order!