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5 Ways To Pre-Hydrate During The NFL Pre-Season

Pre-Hydrate During Pre-SeasonThis week and weekend finds us about half-way through the NFL pre-season, a time many fervently anticipate since the final downs of the previous season, and many more fervently anticipate ending – so we can get to the actual season, already.

Just as everyone from the players to the coaches to the vendors will use the pre-season to get their schemes and plans in line, you can use this time to ensure that you can more effectively stay hydrated all season long.

Here are five ways to pre-hydrate during the NFL pre-season:

1. Order & Change Your Fridge Filter
When the season finally kicks off, you don’t want to be stuck serving yourself less than perfect tasting drinking water from your fridge dispenser. Fortunately, as long as you place your fridge filter order from our store by 4pm CST any week-day, we’ll ship it out the same day. Time may be running out, but you still have time to get the replacement fridge filter you need before the season starts.

Don't Miss A Thing When NFL Season Starts2. Get A Good Water Bottle To Keep Close At Hand
Just because your fridge is serving clean tasting water doesn’t mean you want to get up and walk all the way to the kitchen to grab another drink! If you get up during the game, you could miss the greatest play ever, and if you get up during a commercial, you’ll miss out on time you could be spending seeing what other games are on. Our advice is to get a great water bottle, including those found here, to ensure you’ll always have clean drinking water close at hand when the game is on.

3. Invest Small In A Water Filter Pitcher
If your home will be full of people when it comes time for the season to officially kick-off, they’re going to get thirsty. Like you, chances are they’re not going to want to miss a thing. Rather than buying every guest their own filtered water bottle, make a small investment in a one of the filtered water filter pitchers from Brita or PUR found on our site. Many are even sleek enough looking to earn a spot at any table!

Stay Hydrated While Tailgating4. Fill Up The RV Water Tank
Maybe the one reason you bought that RV was so you’d have a tailgate ready vehicle for the upcoming season. If so, why ruin the maiden tailgating voyage of the season by serving dirty tasting water? Before tailgating truly begins, check out our selection of RV filters to make sure you have what you need to serve only clean water from your tailgate ready vehicle.

5. Install A Shower Filter
Hitting the showers isn’t just for the players. After all, watching the game, hosting parties or tailgating can all be tough work! When it’s time for you to hit the showers after the game this season, be sure you’re doing so beneath the cleanest water possible – free of virtually all chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and more – by ordering one of the shower filters available on our site.

What other ways do you suggest getting yourself pre-hydrated during the pre-season? I invite you to share via a comment below.

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Is There Chloramine In My Fridge Water?

Does Fridge Water Contain Chloramine?Earlier this year, Los Angeles began replacing the chlorine it had used for decades to disinfect its drinking water with chloramine. The reasoning behind the change is two-fold: first, chloramine is more effective as a disinfectant over longer distances; second, chloramine is less likely to be the culprit behind the creation of potentially harmful Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs.)

While its use is becoming more of a discussion point, chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, has actually been in use throughout several municipalities for decades. If you live in Denver, in fact, chloramine has been used to disinfect your drinking water since 1917.

That said, when more cities and municipalities begin changing how they disinfect their water – especially one of the largest municipalities such as Los Angeles – questions inevitably arise. For our customers, the question typically relates to whether or not chloramine is in their fridge water, or if chloramine is the cause of a funny taste or odor.

For our customers and readers alike, see answers to some of the more common chloramine questions our FridgeFilters.com team receives:

Will My Fridge Filter Reduce Chloramine?
The most popular fridge filters used by our customers make up a significant percentage of those used by hundreds of refrigerator models in use today. In no particular order, these filters are the Maytag UKF8001, the Whirlpool 4396710, 4396841 and 4396508, and the Frigidaire WF2CB.

All of the filters above help to significantly improve the taste and quality of water served by your fridge by reducing everything from chlorine odor to lead. But neither are able to state that they effectively reduce chloramine. The reason has to do with surface area. The unique make-up of chloramine that allows it to retain greater disinfection power over time and distance also make it remarkably difficult to filter with a standard carbon or charcoal filter that offers a rather small amount of filtration surface area.

Is There Chloramine In My Water, And If So, Is It An Issue?
The answer as to whether or not chloramine is used as a disinfectant in your city’s drinking water is a definite ‘maybe.’ If your municipality makes the switch, it is required to ensure that you are informed. If your city has long used chloramine, information will be found on its website or by calling a representative.

Whether or not chloramine is causing an issue comes down primarily to aesthetics. Much like chlorine, chloramine will cause an unpleasant taste and odor, similar to a swimming pool. But at safe levels (ie below the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 4 milligrams per liter, per the EPA) any negative health effects are extremely unlikely. Those that do need to be wary of chloramine, such as kidney dialysis patients or keepers of aquatic pets, will face the same health issues as they would with widely used chlorine.

Aqua-Pure AP5500RM Reverse Osmosis MembraneMy Water Has Chloramine In It & I Can’t Stand The Taste. What Do I Do?
Our first recommendation is to ensure that what you are tasting is chloramine and not chlorine. The reason is that chlorine is rather simple and affordable to reduce. Filters needed to reduce chloramine are typically far more expensive.

At FridgeFilters.com, some of the products we offer that can be of help include our selection of reverse osmosis filters and some of our whole house system housings, when loaded with the right type of filter.

Reverse osmosis filtration products, found here and pictured above, help reduce chloramines through the use of multiple carbon filters that pass water more slowly than other types of systems.  This allows for far greater impurity reduction. On our site, we offer several types of reverse osmosis membranes and filter sets that fit into systems from Aqua-Pure to GE.

A select number of our whole house filtration system housings, including the affordable Culligan HD-950, can help to ensure your water is virtually free of chloramine if loaded with a filter with more surface area (oftentimes, you’ll see these filters listed as ‘catalytic.’)

If you are considering a reverse osmosis or whole house system to reduce chloramine, our customer service team can help ensure you find the right system, filter or housing for your needs. You are invited to call with any questions at 1-800-683-8353. You may also call our team if you have any additional questions on how to reduce chloramine or any other impurity or contaminant from the water served by your fridge or by any other tap in your home.

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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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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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Break Your Plastic Bottled Water Habit This Earth Day

FridgeFilters.com Infographic - Real Cost of Plastic Water BottlesToday is Earth Day, and based on the sheer volume of plastic bottled water sales, we can happily report that Americans seem more dedicated to hydration than ever.

While we are all for healthy and hydrated living, our over-reliance on plastic bottled water is just a tad troubling.

As you surf the Internet or your news feeds today, you’ll no doubt see plenty of well-meaning ‘Ban The Bottle’ messages.  While we agree with the sentiment, you’ll have a very difficult time banning anything that has become a habit.  A habit cannot be banned.  A habit must be broken.

For this Earth Day, don’t try to go cold turkey on your plastic bottled water habit.  You’ll do a great deal to help if you just gradually cut back, especially if your friends follow suit. (Of course, we may be able to offer a little help from some filtered fridge water or a nice, eco-friendly water bottle :) )

If you need any inspiration to help as you try to break your habit, just click the infographic above to get a closer look at the facts behind plastic bottled water.  If you’d like to help others break this habit, please feel free to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

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3 Reasons To Hang Out With Facebook On World Water Day

Chet Kumari Basnet -  Clean Drinking Water From WaterAid
Chet Kumari Basnet of Gahubari, Nepal Whose Village Received A New Gravity-Flow Water Filter From WaterAid.org

Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day – an internationally recognized occasion where solutions to provide clean drinking water for the millions in need throughout the world are concepted and acted upon.

Since its founding in the early nineties, World Water Day has grown exponentially, inspiring movements throughout the globe that are oftentimes launched and fed by social media.  And when it comes to social media, the biggest kid on the block is still Facebook.  As it so happens, we plan to spend some time with this kid tomorrow!

To ensure you experience all there is to experience this World Water Day, here are three reasons you’ll want to join us and hang out with Facebook:

1. You’ll Hydrate Someone In Need AND Save Money On Your Next Order – There will be something very special on our Facebook page tomorrow.  While the full details are still under wraps, we can tell you that you’ll never feel better making a refrigerator filter purchase from FridgeFilters.com then you will after tomorrow.

2. You Will See Stories That Provide Legitimate Inspiration – Over the past week, we’ve seen dozens of inspiring stories – including the story of Chet Kumari Basnet from Gahubari, Nepal, pictured above, whose village received a new gravity-flow water filtration system with the help of WaterAid.  To see how truly impactful clean drinking water can be in someone’s life, check out Chet Kumari Basnet’s story here.

3. You’ll See Dozens of Chances to Help! – From larger campaigns developed by organizations like WaterAid, to smaller initiatives like this fundraising page launched on HopeMob to help bring clean drinking water to the West African village of Sam M’Bollet, there will be no shortage of ways you can lend a hand.  Better yet, Facebook will allow you to lend your hand in multiple locations throughout the globe simultaneously!

We look forward to seeing you online tomorrow for World Water Day – and working together to help bring us a step closer to clean drinking water for the world.

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