Finding the Right Air Filter

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Air Filters and what’s right for you

Air filters not only allow you to have a healthy home, they also protect your heating and air condition system from breaking. When the air from your home is sucked into the system to heat or cool the air, your filter is what keeps the bacteria from clogging the coils that create your air temperature. Regularly changing your filter allows for less particles to hit your system and instead get trapped in your filter.

The air we breathe is an important part of our health. Though we may not be able to smell bacteria, our bodies can feel it and it can cause long term affects.


Where is my system located?

Wherever your heating and air conditioning resides is where you want to pull your air filter from. This is typically located in a mechanical room. Places like a closet, basement or even an attic are all places you could find your system. Filters can also be found in the ceiling or in the wall. This location is more common in 1” filters. Often, turning on the fan of your system and listening, can help you determine the location of your system.

Most in-home air filters are 1”, however if yours is not, then you have a “media” filter which is a thicker version. “Media” filters, or box filters, are around 4 to 6” in thickness and are considered whole house filters found in a cabinet-like setting.


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1″ Air Filter Example

What size filter should I buy?

The correct size is important for your air filter. Your filter should have a label on the frame with a given size. The make, model number or serial number are not important numbers for your filter. You can also determine the size by using a tape measure to get the exact dimensions.

Width x Height x Depth – Typically the longer measurement is taken for the height. An example would be 16 x 24 x 1. The width is 16 inches, height is 24 inches and the depth is 1 inch.


What is Merv and MPR?

The Merv of a filter is stated to help you determine how much bacteria and particles you want to keep out of your system. A Merv rating of 6 tells you that about half of your particles will be trapped. An 8 Merv rating traps 70 to 85 percent of particles in the air. An 11 rating or higher says that about 95 percent of your air will be cleaner exiting than it was entering the filter. MPR is also an indication of the level of filtration your filter provides. The higher the number, the more particles being filtered.

A higher merv or MPR rating is not always a better filter for your system. If a filter has too high of a rating it can mean less air flow and less recirculation. This could actually harm the air quality of your home. Verifying that you have the correct filter size and rating is very important before purchasing a filter.

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How do I install my air filter?

When installing your new filter, make sure to turn the fan off as dust can get lodged in your HVAC system. If your filter does not look dirty after 3 months, you should check that you have the correct filter and that it was installed correctly. Filters should not be loose and often arrows will be located on the frame of the filter to give the indication of the direction to install the filter. The downstream side of the filter should face the blower of your HVAC system. Most filters can only be inserted one way.


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When to Change Your Water Filter

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It’s not always easy to tell when to change your filter. Maybe you look at the gallon life or months determined by the manufacturer or maybe you guess. Fortunately, there’s more way than one to tell when to change your water filter.

You may be surprised, but looking at gallons and months on your filter label, doesn’t always work. These measurements are determined based on the filter and the level of filtration it provides. Companies determine filter life based off the average contamination and pollution levels plus the average amount of water being used in the house. Some areas may have more pollution than what is being calculated.

5 Things to Check for:

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    • If your water seems to pour out in an odd manner, it means your filter is clogged and needs to be replaced or cleaned.
    • Hard water can more easily cause your filter to clog with minerals and can cause water pressure to lessen.
  • Odor
    • When your filter is working properly, there should not be an odor to your water. Water doesn’t have a scent unless there is bacteria in it.
  • Bad Taste
    • Water is meant to taste great, but if yours isn’t, likely you need to change your filter. Things like calcium and chlorine in your water as well as bacteria can create bad tasting water.
  • Water color
    • If you fill up a clear cup with water and you see sediments floating, or a white powder look, it’s time to change your filter. The water may look clear again after a minute, but the bacteria is still in your water.
  • Large Ice Chunks
    • When ice clumps together, it is often the cause of your water not being filtered properly. Unfiltered water, often from the well and sometimes even city water, can cause pollutants to clump together, creating large ice cubes.


Any time you move to a new home or apartment, orbeven if your business is moving, you should change the filter. It is easier to start fresh than to assume your water is getting filtered properly. Any time the temperature changes, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your water. Warm weather in the summer can cause bacteria build up. Make sure you keep a filter handy so you’re prepared to change it as soon as you sense one of the above factors.

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Tips to Keep You Hydrated

The amount of water we consume determines not only how we feel throughout the day, but can also have lifelong effects on our body. Our weight, brain, and energy levels can be altered based on whether we are hydrated or not. To some of us, it may not seem that easy to consume more water, so we found a few easy ways for you to remain hydrated throughout the day.

Here are a few tips to keep hydrated:


  • Have some fruit! Fruit is a great source of electrolytes and natural fluids that keep your energy levels up. Grapefruit, grapes and watermelon are great sources of fluids.
  • Drink extra when you exercise. For every pound that you lose during a workout, drink an additional 16 ounces of water in order to replenish your body.
  • Carry a water bottle. Being able to quench your thirst immediately goes a long way to keeping you hydrated.
  • Hot Weather = More fluids. The more time you spend in the sun, even when you aren’t exercising, can cause your body to need more fluids, so drink more water when you’re enjoying the outdoors.
  • Pinch yourself. Maybe you’re feeling out of energy or bloated. A great test to check your hydration levels is to pinch your skin. If the skin retracts right away, you’re hydration levels are good! However, if your skin slowly returns to the normal position, DRINK some WATER!
  • Add some flavor. Maybe you’re bored with drinking plain water. You can add flavor using lemons, limes, oranges or even freezing cubes of flavor like coconut water, cucumbers, pears or watermelon.
  • Drink coffee. Even though coffee is a diuretic, it doesn’t actually dehydrate you. Plus, you can actually count it towards your daily intake of liquids! 8 ounces of coffee = 4 ounces of water.

Drinking the right amount of water can keep you healthy and less likely to develop diseases. Pay attention not only to the water you drink, but the foods you consume to make sure you’re hydrating and not dehydrating yourself. Meat like chicken and hamburgers can contain as much as 60% water and can help you toward your daily consumption of fluids.

Learn to enjoy consuming water. It not only gets easier, but it will keep your energy level up and keep your brain working for longer! When consuming water, make sure you’re getting proper filtration every time. Check out for all your filtration needs.

Below is a list of other food sources you can hydrate with.

  • 1 cup chicken noodle soup = 8 oz.
  • 1 cup cooked sliced zucchini = 6 oz.
  • 1 medium apple = 6 oz.
  • 1 cup cantaloupe cubes = 5 oz.
  • 1 cup watermelon balls = 5 oz.
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes = 5 oz.
  • 1 small navel orange = 4 oz.
  • 10 medium baby carrots = 3 oz.
  • 1 cup raw broccoli florets = 2 oz.

For more information on staying hydrated, you can visit these great sites:

Fitness Magazine
Web MD
Heart Org


10 Tips to Save on Water Consumption

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As we go through a time when our water sources are depleting, and we begin to have more droughts, or even storms that can ruin our water sources, conserving water becomes more important. Often we don’t realize how much water we are actually consuming.

Maybe you don’t realize that you’ve been running water in the sink for longer than needed or that your shower is using gallons of water within minutes. It’s time to discover where you can save water in your home.

We’ve put together some of the top ways to conserve water within the home. Maybe you’ll even find you saved some cash.


  • Soak your dishes. Instead of having the water run as you are washing dishes, hand wash dishes as much as possible. This method uses less water than a dishwasher. Don’t rinse dishes prior to washing them, just soak them and use the same water in the sink to wash the dishes.
  • Recycle your water. Instead of dumping extra water from cooking down the drain, use that water for your plants around the home
  • Take shorter showers. A shower that lasts only 5 minutes instead of 20 minutes, can save you up to 1,000 gallons of water a month. Shortening your shower by a minute or two can save you up to 150 gallons of water a month! If you want to take a bath instead of a shower, plug the drain before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as needed. A full bath takes up to 70 gallons of water, so limit the number of baths you take.
  • Adjust your mower blade. Mow so that your grass is taller and can shade the roots. This means moving the blade up to 1.5 to 2 inches. Also, using mulch around your plants helps conserve the moisture and can save you hundreds of gallons of water a year.
  • Check for leaks. One way to check for leaks is to put food coloring in your toilet bowl, if it seeps into the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
  • Use a pan to clean. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan instead of running water over them continuously. You can save large amounts of water using this method.
  • Use water pitchers. Keep a water pitcher in the fridge for cold water instead of running water for a length of time to get it to a cold temperature.
  • Run your appliances less. Only run your washer and dishwasher when they are completely full.
  • Plug your sink. When you shave or need to clean, plug the sink full of water so you aren’t continuously running water or using more than you need.
  • Reduce garbage disposal use. Use your garbage disposal less often as it takes up large amounts of water to push the food through.


As you begin your journey towards using less water, make sure you’re getting quality water every time. A water filter gives you the ability to have safe drinking water every time. Check out the lowest prices at

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How Clean is the Air in Your Home?

Close up of a welcome mat in front of an inviting houseHave you ever wondered what is really in the air around us? Often our perception is that the air inside our homes and offices are clean, and we give little thought to what we breathe in every day. Most of the time the outside air is actually safer, even if it contains smog or other particles.

An average person spends about 90 percent of their time indoors, which could be harmful if the air isn’t clean. Using your air filter for too long allows chemicals and unwanted particles to get inside your home creating not only an increase in heating and air conditioning bills, but could also cause wheezing, coughing and sickness.

How did this happen?

There are many ways your air can be polluted within your home. Anything from the outside air getting trapped within your home to bringing a mattress home for the first time. If you have new furniture, you may want to check what you’re bringing with it. Carpet cleaners or in home cleaning supplies could also cause chemicals to pollute the air in the home. Things such as painting the walls or new comforters can cause the air to pollute.

How often should I change my air filter?

  • Do you feel sick often? You can’t always tell air quality based on cleanliness or how the air feels to you. However, if the air in your home doesn’t seem as clean and dust is appearing quickly or you’re getting sick, look into getting a new air filter.
  • Do you have pets?  We recommend changing your filter more often as your pet can carry a lot of particles and dander into the home.
  • Do you have a big family? If so, you’ll want to change your filter more often and while your family grows, check your filter regularly to determine how long you can use a filter for. The time between filter changes should lessen as your family grows.
  • Do you live on a gravel road or currently have construction going on outside? Something as simple as changing your air filter could allow your home to seem more pleasant.
  • Have you painted recently or moved new furniture in? Take a look at your filter and make sure that the added pollutants didn’t clog your filter
  • When was the last time you bought an air filter? Every air filter is different so check the filter itself and depending on the type of filter, you may have to buy more frequently.

How to solve it.

The only way to limit the chemicals, dust, formaldehyde, fragrances or other air pollutants, is to change your air filter regularly. By doing so, you allow the air to get trapped in a filter rather than breathing in harmful chemicals. If you’re getting watery eyes or are coughing when inside your home, it’s likely time to change your filter.

Any time you bring something new into your home, whether a new mattress, pet or family member, you’ll want to check your air filter to make sure you’re keeping the air clean and you haven’t added extra pollutants.

Finding an inexpensive way to keep your home clean isn’t always easy, but at we offer the lowest prices for products that keep your home and family safe. Learn more about Discount Filter Store’s advanced air filters.

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Earlier this week, we shared information that is probably not incredibly surprising to anyone that has ever purchased refrigerator water filters online: It’s just a little bit cutthroat out there. Continue reading

Why A New Brondell Countertop Filter Is The Perfect Last Minute Father’s Day Gift

H2O Brondell Cypress Countertop Water Filtration SystemWhy do we wait until the last minute to find the perfect Father’s Day gift?

Is it because dads are so much more difficult to shop for, or is it simply that late season exhaustion, as everything from Mother’s Day to graduation parties have sapped our gift giving energy?

While we can’t answer this question definitively, we can say that in reading between the lines, there are an awful lot of dads that settle for tacky ties and antiquated aprons as a thank you for all their hard work. Continue reading

Well Water Maintenance Checklist: Spring Edition

Making Well Water Safe to DrinkOfficially, spring started a few weeks ago.  But in our Edina, MN headquarters, more than half a foot of fresh snow would disagree.

Fortunately, for those of you that use well water, this means that you’re not too late to get the spring season off on the right foot!

Below, find your well water maintenance checklist to help you prepare for the arrival of the real spring:

1. Test Your Well Water
In spring, as snow run-off starts to flow and organic matter starts to decompose, your well can become a parking lot for all sorts of nasty impurities.  Knowing what type of impurities you are dealing with doesn’t just protect your own peace of mind, it can protect the health of everyone living in your home.

Fortunately, several counties and townships will offer you help with this maintenance step by providing quick and accurate well water testing services.  These testing services often include complete laboratory analysis and can be had for a reasonable fee.  An example of services offered in Washington County, Minnesota may be found here.

WaterSafe Well Water Test KitYou can also conduct your own testing via do-it-yourself well water test kits, including the kit from Well Safe pictured to the left, that you can find for sale at our online store.

2. Check Your Pressure Gauges
Installing a pressure gauge inline before and after your well water filter housings is an invaluable maintenance step that can help you more quickly get your well ready for spring and more easily monitor your water quality throughout the year.

By monitoring your pressure closely with a gauge, an example of which we’ve included below, any noticeable water pressure drop will be displayed.  Our advice? When you see a 10 to 15PSI loss of pressure, whether the calendar says spring, fall or anytime in between, it’s time to change your well water filters.

Tier1 Pressure Gauge3. Sanitize!
Put bluntly, well water can get a little funky.  Sometimes this means the presence of harmful bacteria while other times it simply means an unpleasant but ultimately innocuous sulfur or egg smell.  Whether or not testing reveals the presence of harmful pathogens, doesn’t mean your well water maintenance checklist should skip over sanitation.

Using a DIY well water sanitizer in the spring can help eliminate harmful bacteria that can have an impact on your health, in addition to unpleasant odors that can have an impact on your quality of life.

4. Stock Up on O-rings and Lubricant
O-rings are the most inexpensive part of a water filtration set up, but also one of the most costly items to not have if something goes wrong.  Occasionally an O-ring may burst or even get crushed by improper re-installation of water filters (trust us, it happens.)

Having extra O-rings and O-ring lubricant on-hand will allow you to stop any potential leaks and/or get your system back online quickly without having to make an emergency call to your plumber.   Note that most manufacturers recommend replacing O-rings once per year. 3M Filtrete Whole House Filtration System O-Rings

5. Replace Your Well Water Filters
Many manufacturers of whole house filtration systems recommend a three month replacement time for sediment filters, 6 month replacement time for carbon filters and two year replacement time for reverse osmosis membranes.  As always, this will depend on the water quality in your well and water usage in your home.

Depending on the well water maintenance and filter replacement schedule you’ve established for yourself, you may not need to replace every filter you are currently using when the calendar strikes spring.  But trust us on this one, getting yourself onto a seasonal well water filter replacement schedule will make your life that much easier.  That said…

 6. Update Your Calendar
…even the best of us have trouble adhering to seasonal schedules or even remembering the last time we changed our water filters.  Adding quick notes to your calendar, reminding you of the next time you need to replace your filters, can only help.

Once you have all the products you need, including test kits, O-rings and well water filters, the well water maintenance steps above shouldn’t take you more than an afternoon to complete.  When it comes to the quality of your drinking water, this is time well spent.

What other well water maintenance steps do you take to get ready for spring? Leave a comment below and we’ll add to a future checklist.  Also, if you have questions on any of the steps or products lists above, please feel free to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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Celebrate World Water Day With Us Tomorrow

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Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day.

Established in 1993 by the UN, World Water Day is an occasion for world leaders and the general public to encourage and act-on solutions that could ease drinking water shortages faced by millions across the globe.

More than twenty years later, World Water Day has inspired dozens of initiatives, including:

If you are looking for a way to support World Water Day, we would encourage you to consider a donation to any of the organizations above.

We hope you join us tomorrow in observing this day so critical to so many across the globe, and if you visit us on Facebook, we can almost guarantee that you’ll like what you find.

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The Great Mystery Revealed: Does Water Have a Taste?

What does water taste like? It’s a simple question, but a quick trip to Google tells me that everyone has a different idea of exactly what water tastes like. My search uncovered a wide range of responses from some of the internet’s top flavor detectives and included…

the expected:  “it tastes like water” and “it has no taste”

the more scientific: “the taste depends on what was dissolved in it”

the outright humorous: “Liquefied boring” and “Mundane in a glass”

and my personal favorite: “One Atom Hydrogen, Two Atoms Oxygen. Shaken Not Stirred”


Obviously, there isn’t a clear consensus on what exactly water tastes like, but there is definitely a growing market for flavored water. In addition to bottles of flavored water like Aquafina’s Flavor Splash, many companies offer flavor packets that can be added to water anywhere you go to improve the taste. Kraft foods, the second largest food and Beverage Company in the world, recently launched their line of MiO flavor dispensers, hoping to break into what is now a billion dollar market for flavored water.

Floating-dollar-signDrinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and it should also be the cheapest, but when you add in the cost of adding flavor packets or buying fancy bottles with a hint of fruit flavoring it actually becomes more expensive than soda. Why are consumers paying more to add flavor to their water? The answer would seem to be that even though we aren’t really sure what water tastes like, we have decided that we don’t like the way water tastes.

This is primarily because most tap water is disinfected with chlorine, which adds an unpleasant taste and odor to the water, and often has dissolved minerals and organic material that can adversely affect the flavor of water. The unpleasant taste of tap water is one of the main reasons the bottled water industry grew so quickly and helps to explain the new fad for flavored water.

The easiest way to improve the quality of your tap water is by filtering out the chlorine and other contaminants that cause the poor taste. You would be amazed at how much better your tap water will taste with just a simple filter, like this GXULQ system from GE, installed under the kitchen sink.

Of course, variety is the spice of life and you may find you still want to add a little flavor to your water. Instead of spending a lot of hard earned cash on single-use packets why not try making your own flavored water. Adding a little mint or citrus is easy to do and is a fun way to enhance the flavor of filtered water.


Once you have perfected your masterpiece, why not share your favorite flavor recipes with us on Facebook? We would love to hear what you do to make your water taste great!