The Difference of Aftermarket & OEM Products


Tier1 FridgeWhat is an aftermarket?

An aftermarket product is a secondary market that is differentiated by its manufacturer. Essentially, an aftermarket is a product made by someone other than the original manufacturer. The rationale behind an aftermarket product is that most people don’t want to pay full price for an item that they could get for half the price.

What is an OEM?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This means the product was the original model designed. In terms of an OEM fridge filter, they are the filter that your manufacturer provides with your fridge. You can buy the OEM when you need to replace your filter, however, you’ll often be paying double the price for an OEM filter than you would for the aftermarket.

An aftermarket product is often very similar to the original product. There will be minor changes during the manufacturing process, but it will still work the same way your OEM would work. The major difference is  the price.

Why is an aftermarket less expensive?

The aftermarket product is typically made using the same process as the OEM, with slight differentiations. The reason we choose to price our aftermarket filters for less is because we believe in providing inexpensive alternatives that allow you to have a healthy home.

Is the difference important?

Our aftermarket Tier 1 products are  a tighter fit than your OEM product. We do this to keep your filter  from leaking. Our Tier 1 brand can be found for air filters, whole house water filters, refrigerator filters and humidifier filters. We continue to make the best product for the cheapest price to keep your home happy and healthy.

Bottled Water Vs. Filtered Water


You may invest in bottled water thinking you’ll have cleaner, better tasting water. However, bottled water often comes from a natural spring and doesn’t always have a  filtration system or testing. Filtering your water from your faucet not only reduces the bacteria levels in your water, it also lowers the amount of plastic bottles in landfills. A recent study from February of 2015 shows that we dump about 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste into the ocean annually.

Aside from the amount of plastic we dump in the ocean, Bottling companies can cause harm to the environment by  taking large amounts of water from a natural source. This disrupts the environment around the water source and causes problems within the ecosystem.

Don’t let cost be a reason not to filter your own water! You would be saving money by using a filter. If you’re buying bottled water at $1.50, that means you’re spending nearly $10 for every gallon of water you drink.  Filtering your own water only costs, on average, $0.10 for every gallon of water. 

Filtered water helps your skin, hair, appearance, and is better for your body. “Spring water” found in most bottled water isn’t required to be filtered. Any time that a “natural spring” is mentioned, the bottling company isn’t required to filter it.

Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), whereas your tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA runs more tests and have higher restrictions on tap water. Bottled water isn’t regulated as closely, so, often times, more chemicals are found in the plastic bottles than from a filtered water source like your sink at home.

It is never too late to change to a filtered water system. It’s incredibly important for both you and your family to drink filtered water, so be sure you’re removing pollutants and bacteria.

 

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Charity Water Initiative


Charity WaterIn January, we announced that we have donated 100,000,000 gallons of clean water to people around the world. This goal could not have been accomplished without our customers. Whenever a Tier 1 product is purchased, part of the revenue is used to  help provide clean drinking water to those in need through an on-going project with Charity Water.

Our company ventured into the filter business with a dream to provide clean water to everyone in the world. We still reach for this dream and in order to make it happen, we need your help. We are excited to see the impact of the clean water we can provide to people around the world.

Currently, we fund several projects throughout Africa, but  we always looking for opportunities  to expand. These projects provide clean water for different communities through water systems built by Charity Water. Charity Water puts 100% of our donation towards building these water systems. The great thing about Charity Water is that we are able to watch the progress and impact clean water makes.

We need your help in order to continue supporting countries and villages in need. We will accept donations of any kind. Our products  do not just provide clean water for you, but when you buy Tier 1 filtration products, it will help gift clean water to  a village in need. Consider creating a healthy home for yourself and supporting the cause to bring clean water to communities around the world.

How do we do it? By producing our own filters that replace your personal home products. By buying a Tier 1 filter product you can save money and help increase the quality of life for a person in need.

If you want to learn more about our water projects, visit our website at http://www.discountfilterstore.com/charity.

Memorial Day Offer


Veteran's OfferMemorial Day is a time to recognize the lives of those who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. This holiday only lasts for a fraction of our year, but we should never stop being thankful and respectful to the men and women who have given their lives to the American people. As a business, we want to recognize the soldiers of today and yesterday by offering them a discount for their dedication and bravery. We are honored by your service.

We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done, and we hope that you redeem this coupon with any purchase you make through DiscountFilterStore.com. The sacrifice of all of those who are currently serving our country, or have served in the past, is ever-reaching. Because of this, we have made this coupon valid for any day of the year, and the years to come. We understand that this gesture cannot compare to all you’ve done, but we hope to honor and remember you on this day and the days that follow.

If you are a veteran, are currently serving in the Armed Forces, or represent a military or veteran family, we encourage you to place your order at DiscountFilterStore.com and use the coupon code ‘veteran’ to take 10% off your order.

For any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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When to Change Your Pool/Spa/Hot Tub Filter


poolsideRemembering to change your pool or hot tub filter is not easy.. Each filter is unique to the system, which can make it difficult to determine when to change the filter. However, changing your filter can make a significant difference for the health of both your system and those enjoying the system.

When determining to change your filters the first step is to look at your owner’s manual. Some filters need to be thrown away after use while other filters are able to be reused.

If you don’t have the owner’s manual, check the filter you are currently using in your system. We recommend checking your filter every 2 weeks to ensure there is no damage to your system.

It is important to know when to change your filter and to make sure you do it regularly. If you are not able to keep up with filter changes, you could end up with muddy water and it could cause a system failure. The majority of pool and spa filters last about 3 months. Some may last longer, however, since every system is unique, you’ll want to check to see what your pool or spa  requires.

A standard Cellulose  filter can last up to 2 years, but require a significant amount of maintenance. This type of filter requires you clean it every two weeks. For optimal use, you will  want to soak your filter every 2 months to kill any lingering bacteria.

hot tub filterNot cleaning your filter or changing it regularly can void the warranty on your system. How often you use your system, and the climate you live in, are both important factors in determining how often you should change your filter. Someone who  uses their pool or spa daily will need to change their filter twice as much as someone who uses it every other day. This can be due to the warm water encouraging the growth of  bacteria from body oils.

It may be a good idea to keep an extra filter on hand in the case you discover your filter needs an immediate change. Having a clean system can save you time and money. Here is a link to our pool and spa filters to make sure your system is clean and working correctly.

http://www.discountfilterstore.com/pool-and-spa-filters.html

City Water Treatment


sinkWater Treatment

The United States has one of the cleanest water supplies in the world. U.S. municipal water treatment facilities go to great lengths to remove dirt, sand, sediment and harmful diseases from our drinking water. The four-stage process of filtration involves passing water through filters, allowing water to sit while particles settle to the bottom, and adding chemicals to disinfect and neutralize harmful parasites, bacteria, and viruses.

When water is pumped from a treatment facility it is free from harmful diseases and sediments, but its journey through pipes and into our homes can add some of the same contaminants the treatment facilities have tried so hard to remove. In their attempt to solve this problem, municipal water facilities add an over-abundance of chemicals to the water to ensure water reaches your home without disease.

Adding chemicals to the water is a necessary step in removing harmful contaminants, but many of the chemicals used during this process can be harmful.

Chlorine

        Removing the harmful chemicals added by the treatment facilities is a burden placed on homeowners and residents. Many people do not filter out these contaminates and are left with dry skin, digestive problems and are exposed to the well-known carcinogen: chlorine.

Chlorine is used to kill bacteria and parasites in swimming pools, but the after-effects of this chemical are much more obvious in a pool than our drinking water. After swimming in a chlorinated pool, skin becomes dry, eyes redden and itch, and, if exposed to the effects long enough, hair becomes bleached. Many of us would be sickened at the thought of drinking pool water (for more reasons than one), but tests have shown that some city water facilities add amounts of chlorine comparable to the amount in pools.

Making City Water Drinkable

        Understanding the use of chlorine in municipal water supplies shouldn’t scare us away from our tap, but it should encourage us to add the last step to the filtration process: removing chlorine. Any filters that have been certified with the NSF standard 42 are recognized as sediment and chlorine removing products. Some of these products can include refrigerator filters, shower filters, water pitchers, counter-top filters and whole house filters. Many of these filters are portable and easy to install, which can make the last step of filtration much easier than it might initially seem.

For more information on our filters, Please visit our website or call our customer service team at 1.800.277.3458. http://www.discountfilterstore.com

 

Additional Resources

Case-control study of bladder cancer and chlorination by-products in treated water 

CDC on Community Water Treatment

NSF Home Drinking Water – Quality and Treatment

 

Why Do I Need A Shower Filter?


 

iStock_000008992217_FullWe don’t often think that the water coming from  our shower may be harmful. We trust that our water  will make us clean and healthy. The  reality is, there are many harmful contaminants that can accompany the water coming out of your shower head. This makes it important to filter the water in your shower. Here are five reasons for why it may be  necessary to invest in a shower filter.

Reason 1: Healthy Body

Studies suggest that the link between chlorinated water and cancer could in fact be a result of  chlorine on you skin and hair rather than ingesting chlorinated water. When you take a hot shower, any chemicals in the water will vaporize. If you don’t filter your shower, chemicals like chlorine can cause lung damage, as it turns into a gas and is then absorbed by the skin and inhaled.

Reason 2: You’ll Feel Better

Not only can chlorine in your water cause lung damage, and in some cases lead to cancer, it can also cause depression and physical fatigue. This immune system attack can make it hard for your body to fight off bacteria that can cause diseases and allergic reactions.

Reason 3: Better Skin

Do you get dry and itchy skin after you shower? It could be due to the drying chemicals found in most tap water. A filter in your shower will neutralize the chemicals in your water creating softer skin, and allow for your skin to replenish its essential oils.

Reason 4: Great Hair

If you’ve ever spent long days at the pool, you know what chlorine can do to your hair. Dry, frizzy, and itchy scalp can stem from soaking your head in chlorinated  water. This is due to the  loss of natural oils out of your hair follicles. Before you spend more money at the salon try a shower filter to keep your hair looking great and healthy.

Reason 5: Look Younger

As much as you’ve heard that the sun can damage your skin, so too can your water, especially when you’re showering in it.  The EPA states, “Chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic”. These bacteria that live in your shower head can contribute to wrinkles and can even discolor your skin. It’s important to not only filter your shower, but to change your shower head regularly.

 

As it turns out, filtering your shower water is important your health . It’s important to keep your family free from chemicals found in shower heads and in your water. If you need help finding the right filter for your shower, visit our website or call our customer service team at 1.800.277.3458.

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7 Reasons to Drink Filtered Water


iStock_000011363187_FullWater is the most valuable resource we have and is essential to our health. Considering that statement, we must question the source of our water. There are a million reasons to drink water, but we believe filtering your water is the best way to consume your daily water.

  1. Money Saving

On average it costs about $0.10 per gallon to filter your own water. Bottled water costs about $9.60 per gallon on average. Filtering your own water saves you $9.50 per gallon of water you consume. Consider trying out a filter, you’d be surprised how much money you’ll have left over.

  1. Better water

Yes, there are state and federal regulations on municipal tap water, however not all pollutants are removed from the water. There are many additional pollutants that aren’t required to be removed from your water. This is technically legal as long as they don’t have serious health risks, but these pollutants are not something you would want to consume. The best way to know you’re drinking great tasting, and healthy, water is to use a filter and change it regularly.

  1. Safe Water

Even with regulations on water systems, there is no guarantee you are receiving clean water. Often times water can get contaminated and you may not have time to react. Adding a filter to your water supply diminishes the possibility that you or your family would consume pollutants. If you have well water you are at even more risk of not knowing which pollutants may be found in your water. Sadly, bottled water has the same implications and has even less testing than tap water which leaves room for more chemicals and pollutants to find their way into your water.

  1. Environmentally Friendly

If you aren’t filtering your water, you are either drinking polluted water or you’re drinking water that comes encased in plastic. We know why pollutants are harmful, but bottled water wastes 3 liters of water just to make one liter (along with 17 million barrels of oil to create bottles). These bottles then end up in landfills and the ocean.

  1. Reduces Odors

Water from your sink, if not filtered properly, can smell. The fact is, your water should not smell. Water is meant to be pure and free from odors and pollutants. Treat your family and guests to water that doesn’t have a scent or color.

  1. Properly Digests Food

Pure water assists your body in digestion and helps absorb nutrients from food. Unfiltered water can cause issues with how your body absorbs food and how it removes waste. Your body may take on the absorption of more sugars and carbohydrates when faced with pollutants from your water, which can affect weight gain.

  1. Reduces risk of Disease

Certain cancers and other diseases can be brought on by consuming water containing chlorine, water parasites and other toxins. Not filtering your water is linked to rectal cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, and other gastrointestinal disease.

It’s very important to drink filtered water. Not only will your water taste, smell and look better, it will also help your body to look and feel better. Spending extra for bottled water isn’t always worth the cost financially, or environmentally. Check out the contaminants that are in your water. It can help you find the right filter for your home.

If you have additional questions on what filter is best for you, call our customer service department at 800.277.3458

 

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New Whirlpool Filters


everydrop finalEverydrop is the new line for Whirlpool water filters developed by the manufacturer. Often times a manufacturer will discontinue a product and replace it with a new one. In this case, eight of the Whirlpool filters have been discontinued and replaced with a different option that creates better filtration.

You may being using a Whirlpool filter currently that is now considered “discontinued”. We wanted to make you aware of this change for when you need to replace your filter. This change does not mean there is anything currently wrong with your filter, but that when you purchase next time, you’ll want to find the new part number.

These new Whirlpool Everydrop filters have triple filtration technology for better tasting water and brand new packaging. Up to 66 types of contaminants are now filtered out of your water.

The line also has new features that make it easy to find the right filter every time. You can now recognize your filter by its color, and the number system located on the filter also allows you to easily find the right filter for your fridge.

Better filtration isn’t the only thing you can count on. You now have the ability to recycle your used filter to use for roads and concrete structures. They do require that you purchase a recycling kit, but the impact your filter has on the environment may make it worth the added cost. This allows you the chance to lower your carbon footprint.

The new Whirlpool water filters have taken on a whole new kind of water filtration and we’re happy to carry them. We pride ourselves in good quality products that keep your home safe. Below is a list of the old part numbers and the new Everydrop filter replacements.

 

Old New
W10295370A Filter 1
W10413645A Filter 2
4396710 Filter 3
UKF8001 Filter 4
4396508 / 4396510 Filter 5
4396701 Filter 6
UKF7003 Filter 7
8171413 Filter 8

 

For questions or more information, please contact our customer service department at 1.800.277.3458.