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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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5 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas To Transform Your Life By Monday

Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Repaint Your KitchenAnyone that has ever been involved in a kitchen remodeling project knows how quickly it can spiral out of control, with even the best of intentions.

In all fairness, sometimes this chaos is unavoidable.  You are, after all, tearing down and rebuilding a major epicenter within your home, potentially rendering it unusable until completion.

But fortunately, there are dozens of simple kitchen remodeling ideas that can be completed over the course of just a few days, or even just a few hours.  By transforming a major part of your home, these ideas can in a very real sense transform your entire outlook on life.  Better yet, if you start on some of these tonight, you’ll be an entirely new person by Monday:

1. Repaint – a simple and obvious remodel, repainting is also likely to be one of the lengthier projects on this list.  As HGTV shares in the article where we pulled the image to the left, “Never underestimate the power of great paint colors,” – whether that means brightening a small room with white coloring, adding sophistication by blending whites and creams or going full-on dramatic with black, navy or grey.

While the advice in the content of HGTV’s article is great, there’s an even better piece of advice hidden in the photo.  Namely – make sure your dog stays out of the kitchen.  Regardless of the face he gives you.

Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Hang Vintage Wall Art2. Replace Your Kitchen Faucet – perhaps the most focal point in your most central room, your kitchen faucet could be the most powerful element in your home.  Changing just this one element can change your perception of everything from the everyday task of brewing coffee to the annual tradition of preparing a holiday meal.  If you’ve never replaced a kitchen faucet before, don’t worry.  Bob Vila himself includes this kitchen remodeling idea on his list of ’20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements.’  To be just a little bit promotional, he also includes changing your furnace air filter on this same list.

3. Update Your Wall Art – you don’t need to paint the walls in your kitchen to give it a transformative look.  Adding new wall art, ranging from the vintage advertising seen in the image to the left to themed family photos  – and everything in between – can provide your kitchen with an entirely new look in minutes.

4. Move and Reconfigure Your Fridge – sometimes, just moving everything into a new location within a room is the quickest and easiest way to give it a new look.  But when it comes to moving your refrigerator, one of the bigger challenges you could run into is that the door swing will only be compatible in certain locations.  If your kitchen remodeling idea involves a new fridge location, and the only hold-up is the way the door swings, check out the article linked above for some quick instruction on how to reverse its doors.

Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Buy New Dish Towels5. Update The Accessories You See Every Day – this last idea can be as big and expensive (think: new lighting fixtures) or as small and budget friendly (think: new dish towels) as you like.  It’s amazing how swapping out something you use every day for a similar product in a different color or shade will help to change your entire perspective when you inhabit a room.

What kitchen remodeling ideas would you recommend for someone trying to make a small, yet impactful change in their home?  Please feel free to share your thoughts via a comment below.

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