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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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Is Your Fridge Filter Ready For Father’s Day?

Dad Has The Clean Water He NeedsTypically, whether your fridge filter is used with well water or city water, replacement guidelines will instruct you to change it every six months. But as we have noted previously, water usage is a big factor that can influence your filter’s lifespan.

As we move deeper into summer, it’s likely that your water and ice usage has increased significantly, as graduation parties, get-togethers and socials have taxed the fridge filter you trust to keep your drinking water clean and your ice clear.

Which brings us to where we are now. Late summer, after several events have come and gone, we are rapidly approaching a holiday that receives far too little attention: Father’s Day.

Notoriously difficult to shop for, most dads leave very few clues as to just what the perfect Father’s Day gift really is (side note: if we had to guess, we’d probably start by looking here.) While we can only venture a guess as to the perfect gift for your dad, we’d feel far more safe in making the assumption that dad just wants everything in the home to work properly on his big day. In other words, the minor annoyances and embarrassments should be held for one of the year’s other 364 days.

This is where fridge filters comes into play. On dad’s big day, the last thing you want marring it is the extremely avoidable issue of drinking water that tastes chlorinated, metallic or gritty. This goes double if dad expects company and triple if this water and ice will be served up in coffee and cocktails.

Today is Tuesday, July 10th – T-minus 5-days from Father’s Day. Our site offers nearly every fridge filter your refrigerator model could possibly need, including our own affordably priced private brand designed for all major manufacturers. We can even get you the filters you need by the end of this week, courtesy of our expedited shipping options.

If your fridge filter is just on the brink of replacement, we encourage you to browse the selection available on our site, using the filter finder found on our home page.

As we race towards a holiday that deserves more attention, celebrating the man that wants little more than some peace and quiet, good food, friends and drinks, ensure you’ve got the clean water on hand that you need to make this ultimate wish come true.

If you need help finding the right fridge filter for your needs, please feel free to call our customer service team at 800-683-8353.

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How Often Should I Replace My Fridge Filter If I Use Well Water?

Modern Kitchen Using Well WaterWhether you order a fridge filter from Maytag, Whirlpool, GE or Tier1, you will undoubtedly see some note on the filter box or packaging instructing you to replace it once about every six months.

Of course, the six months is just a guideline that can be adjusted based on your ‘water quality and usage.’

Water usage is fairly easy to wrap your head around.  If you have a larger family or household, you’ll use more water, which will naturally decrease the lifespan of your fridge filter.  Water quality, on the other hand is a bit more complex of a variable.  Especially for well water users.

Well Water Users Face Uniquely Personal Challenges With Sediment & Water Quality

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Fridge filters, like the Maytag UKF8001 are primarily designed to reduce contaminants that impact taste and odor, and can become clogged with heavy sediment common in well water

Unlike their counterparts that use municipal or city water, well water users typically experience far more issues with sediment, ranging from dirt, to sand, to silt.

Carbon filters, which all fridge filters are, help to reduce taste and odor issues – primarily from chlorine – which is typically not an issue with well water.

Further, these filters can actually clog quite easily when filtering different types of sediment, leading to everything from gritty water to slow pouring.

To answer the question posed above, your fridge filter may only effectively perform for half of its life expectancy if you are a well water user, think three months, instead of six.

This is simply an educated guess, though, as water quality issues will vary from well to well.   But the bottom-line is that as a well water user, you can expect to go through about twice as many fridge filters – and pay twice as much – as those that live in the city and use a municipal water supply.  Unless, of course,  you implement some type of complementary solution.

Extend The Life Of Your Fridge Filter By Ensuring Sediment Never Gets To It

Culligan HD-950 Whole House Water Filtration System
Culligan HD-950 Whole House Water Filter

Fortunately, our online store offers solutions that can help to extend the life of your fridge filter and improve your water quality by ensuring sediment never makes it further than your water line.

Your first option would be to purchase and install a whole house water filtration system, including the three Culligan models we offer.  These systems connect easily to your water line, and once in place, will capture greater than 90% of virtually all types of sediment. Installation of a whole house system does more than just extend the life of your fridge filter.  Once installed, this system will help to improve the quality of your drinking water – from every tap – while also helping to reduce the risk of sediment corrosion inside your appliances.

Better yet, each of our whole house water filtration product pages include detailed instructions, ensuring that you don’t have to be MacGyver to get them properly installed.

Omnipure Q5505 Inline Water Filter
Omnipure Q5505 Inline Water Filter

Another option would be to install an inline sediment filter.  These filters will attach directly to your water line and can be installed outside your fridge, ahead of its carbon filter.  This is a more surgical option for water filtration, and depending upon the inline filter you choose, can also be more affordable than the whole house filters presented above.

If you go with this route for sediment reduction, please note that not all inline water filters are created equal, meaning not all will reduce sediment.  A few inline water filters we can direct you to if you are looking to reduce sediment include the Aqua-Pure AP717, the OmniFilter R200 and the Omnipure Q5505 (pictured.)

Connect With Us For More Information or Solutions

If you are a well water user experiencing water quality issues that are significantly reducing the lifespan of your fridge filter, and are looking for additional information, products or solutions not discussed here, please feel free to call our customer service team at 1-800-683-8353.  You may also leave a question via a comment below.

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Use the discount code ‘SOLDIER’ at checkout to take 10% off your entire order at FridgeFilters.com!

Avocados: To Fridge or Not to Fridge?

Avocados  - To Fridge or Not To FridgeWe’re not ones to judge, but if you don’t love avocados, we may need to start wondering about you.

But whether you are an avocado addict or a guacamole junkie, you may not always be clear on when an avocado should be refrigerated and when it should be left out to survive on its own.

For all those too embarrassed to ask, here are two quick checklists sharing when you should – and when you shouldn’t – refrigerate avocado:

Put Your Avocado In The Fridge When:

Your avocado is fully ripened
Just give it a bit of a squeeze. If it feels just soft enough, without feeling gross and squishy, it’s done. Toss it in the fridge.  If not…

You need to halt the ripening process
That ripening process won’t stop.   Leaving a ripe avocado on your counter to survive on its own will cause it to ripen to that aforementioned gross and squishy state.

You plan to eat it within a week
Once in the fridge, that avocado will stay in the perfect ripened state for about a week – a little more if you’re lucky.  Put it in the fridge and start the countdown!

Alton Brown Guacamole RecipeYou’ve transformed it into Guacamole
While avocado is the main ingredient, there is much, much more in the perfect guacamole (like in Alton Brown’s recipe to the left.)  Not only does guacamole taste better cool, but some of those ingredients – including cilantro and sliced tomatoes – are better off kept at colder temperatures.

Leave Your Avocado Out of the Fridge When:

Your avocado is nowhere close to ripe
An avocado will begin to ripen the second it’s picked.  But there is often a short distance of time between picking and when you buy and bring it home.  When you bring that avocado home, and it still feels rock hard, leave it out.

Your avocado still feels rock hard to the touch – even if it SHOULD be ripe
On the other hand, what if you’ve had that avocado for over a week and it’s STILL rock hard?  You may want to cut it open and see what what’s happening before letting it take up fridge space – and certainly before you count on it to be featured in your next dip.

You will eat your avocado within the next 1 – 2 days
Leaving your avocado out means it will continue to ripen.  If you won’t eat it for a week – by all means – fridge it.  But if you’ll use it in the next one or two days, take a chance, and let it get up to the tip-top of that ripeness tipping point.

You’ve cut it – but PROMISE to eat it within a few hours
To clarify, the best and really only way to preserve an avocado after it’s been cut into is to involve refrigeration.  But if you promise to eat it within a few hours, you can use any number of tricks – from submerging it in cold water to sprinkling it with lemon juice – that will preserve it at close to room temperature and in that glorious ripe zone you’ve supported – for just long enough.  Just reconsider this plan if it starts to go brown.

What tips or tricks – or better yet, recipes – do you have involving avocado?  We encourage you to share your thoughts below.

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How We Ensure You Have The Cleanest Drinking Water In Every Room & Wherever You Roam

Clean Water EverywhereLooking at the name of our store, you could assume that we are in the refrigerator water filters business.  Your assumption would be both right AND wrong.

While we do offer one of the largest online selections of refrigerator filters, we are happy to offer so much more, ensuring you have clean drinking water (and clean air) in nearly every room of your home and in the faraway destinations you may travel.

To celebrate this week’s distinction as Drinking Water Week, see how we help ensure you have the cleanest drinking water everywhere – not just from your fridge.

[As a Drinking Water Week bonus, take 10% off any order on our site through Monday, May 12th – either on the products below or on the replacement fridge filters you need - by using the code ‘WaterWeek’ at checkout.]

We Help You Test Your Drinking Water:
Whether they live in the country and drink well water, or the city and drink municipal water, our customers care deeply about the quality and the safety of their source of hydration.WellSafe Well Water Test Kit

We are happy to help ensure our customers are always at ease when it comes to the safety of their drinking water by offering a variety of water test kits on our site, including the well water test kit pictured.  Check out our full selection here.

We Help You Serve Clean Drinking Water From Anywhere In Your Kitchen:
Your refrigerator water dispenser is just one point-of-use where we ensure you serve the cleanest tasting drinking water.  On our site, we are happy to offer water filters that can be attached to your faucet, installed beneath your sink or fitted onto your water line.

We are even happy to offer replacement filters for the whole house systems that ensure clean water is served from every faucet in your home, rather than just the kitchen!

Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water FilterWe Help Ensure You Have Clean Water On The Road & In The Great Outdoors:
How relaxing can getting away from it all truly be if you can’t depend on the clean drinking water we’ve helped you become accustomed to?  Fortunately, whether your vacation involves a journey into the unknown in your boat or RV, or a night sleeping under the stars surrounded only by the gentle sounds of nature, we can ensure you can still count on the cleanest tasting water imaginable!

Check out our selection of RV water filters and camping water filters, here and here.

Are there other types of water filters you’ve always had trouble finding?  If so, we invite you to leave a comment below or call our customer service team at 800-683-8353 and we’ll help you find it!  And once we do, remember to use the code ‘WaterWeek’ (before May 12th) to get it for 10% off!

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Free Refrigerator Water Filters Are Being Sent To Our West Virginia Customers

Maytag UKF8001 - Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter by Tier1

Maytag UKF8001 – Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter by Tier1

On January 10th, residents of Charleston, West Virginia awoke to find that their tap water was undrinkable and unusable.

An unprecedented chemical spill from a storage facility managed by Freedom Enterprises leaked up to 7,500 gallons of MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol) – an industrial chemical used to separate coal from rock – into the Elk River, just under two miles from the area’s water treatment plant.

This week, residents are striving to get back to normal as tap water has been declared safe again in most areas.  But after-effects, from odor to discoloration present in drinking water, persist in many homes.  In addition to dealing with these after-effects, residents are also instructed, by the CDC and West Virginia American Water authorities, to flush their lines and replace all water filters – including refrigerator water filters.

This type of event robs us of our peace of mind.  While we at FridgeFilters.com may not be able to help our customers in the Charleston, West Virginia area fully regain this peace of mind, we do want to do our small part to help.

West Virginia American Water Map Providing The All Clear

West Virginia American Water Map. All Blue = All Tap Water Has Been Declared Safe

This week, we will be sending all of our customers in the Charleston, West Virginia area a free replacement from our Tier1 line of refrigerator water filters*. Tier1 refrigerator water filters are built to fit all major fridge brands and provide the same great tasting water, virtually free of stated contaminants. We are happy to be one of the exclusive distributors of this new line of filters.

If you live in West Virginia and have ordered a refrigerator water filter from us in the last three months, no action is required from you – your filter is already on the way.

We hope this helps to bring some normalcy back into your routine.

If you have friends or family in the Charleston, West Virginia area that have been impacted by the recent chemical spill, we encourage you to refer them to us.  Provide them with the code ‘Facebook10’ to use at check-out, and we’d be happy to offer them 10% off on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with our customer service department at 1-800-683-8353.

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*Important note: refrigerator water filters from Tier1, or from any brand, are not designed to reduce MCHM, primarily because not enough is known about this chemical. Replacing refrigerator water filters is a necessary reactive step after MCHM has been cleared from the water source.

FridgeFilters.com Purchases 10% Off For Military & Veteran Families – Every Day!

FridgeFilters.com - Veterans Day[On Veterans Day last year, we launched the promotion below, offering 10% off for all veterans, current military and veteran families - all day, every day.

With this week dedicated to celebrating our Independence, we thought it an ideal time to remind you of this program, and encourage you to use it if you are a veteran or currently enlisted, or share it with someone you know.

FridgeFilters.com thanks you for your service!]

You may notice that our post today sharing a veteran’s discount is unusual in that it is coming one day after we all celebrated Veterans Day.  A favorite holiday at FridgeFilters.com, Veterans Day is that one day per year where we honor the men and women courageously and selflessly serve our country.

With the arrival of this holiday, you no doubt saw several Veterans Day sales and promotions pop-up in your inbox and social channels yesterday.  Oftentimes, these Veterans Day sales, many of which last only through the end of the day, compete for space alongside the notes of gratitude from your friends and family members.

Today’s post is not intended to compete for space with heartfelt notes from family and friends. Today’s post is also not intended to promote a one-day or one-week sale. Today’s post is an announcement of a new and ongoing discount we will be offering on all FridgeFilters.com purchases.

Starting immediately, if you are a veteran, current member of the military or represent a military or veteran family, all purchases you make at FridgeFilters.com will be 10% off.  Simply enter the code ‘soldier’ when you checkout.

Don’t let our name fool you.  While we offer one of the largest online selections of refrigerator water filters, we also stock an enormous inventory of water filtration products ideal for those that find themselves moving frequently – from Culligan faucet filters, to Brita water pitchers, to heavy duty undersink filter systems.  These filtration products can be especially useful for those that find themselves stationed in areas with less than glowing water quality.

While we certainly understand that this is a very small gesture when weighed against the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, it is our hope that it is meaningful enough to express our thanks and to ensure we all keep the needs of veterans in our thoughts more than one day per year.

If you are a veteran, current member of the military or are part of a military or veteran family, simply enter the discount code ‘soldier’ when checking out at FridgeFilters.com to take 10% off your entire order.   For any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service department at 1-800-683-8353.

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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!