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.

For all your filter needs, visit discountfilterstore.com.

 

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 DiscountFilterStore.com 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
Greatist
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 discountfilterstore.com.

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8 Heavy Hitting Filtration Systems That Will Knock The Impurities Out Of Your Water


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Brian Dozier, Second Baseman For Our Minnesota Twins, Will Be Competing In Tonight’s Home Run Derby

Tonight, baseball fans will tune into the 2014 Home Run Derby, part of the All-Star Game festivities happening just down the road from our Bloomington, Minnesota headquarters.  In this time-honored tradition, eight sluggers enter a three-round competition to see who can knock the most balls out of the park.

Just as Major League Baseball showcases eight of its heaviest hitters tonight, we’d like to take the opportunity to do the same, by offering you a quick look at eight of the most powerful water filtration systems and housings we are proud to offer.

Each of these water filtration systems or housings are ideal for those seeking a way to hit contaminants and impurities hard, knocking them as far out of their water as possible.

If after reading this post, you decide that one of the systems or housings below are right for you, please note that some additional parts and accessories may be required for proper installation and set-up.  Please feel free to connect with our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458 if you have any questions regarding all of the components you will need.

BBFS-222 Pentek Three Housing Water Filtration System1. BBFS-222 Pentek Three Housing Water Filtration System  – Also referred to as the ‘Triple Big Blue,’ this system will filter the water used throughout your entire home using three separate cartridges.  Triple filtration power makes this system ideal for use with water heavy in both sediment and unpleasant tastes or odors.  Best yet, this system comes completely pre-assembled, making installation quick and easy.

4002124 American Plumber Whole House Sediment Filter2. 4002124 American Plumber Whole House Sediment Filter – Providing a flow rate of 5 gallons every minute, this system will help ensure dirt, sand and rust particles 40 micron or larger are captured before making it into the water in your home.  Better yet, this system comes complete with a filtration media pack that can go years before it needs to be replaced.

Pentek ST-1 Filter Housing3. ST-1 Pentek Water Filtration System Housing – Another offering from Pentek, this housing is made from stainless steel and is ideal for use in high temperature and high pressure applications.  This housing is just as comfortable in commercial settings, including restaurants and spas, as it will be in your home.

SED-100DM Tier1 Sediment Reduction Backwash Water Filter System

4. SED-100DM Tier1 Sediment Reduction Backwash Water Filter System – This is a great system that comes complete with Filter-Ag Plus, a unique and eco-friendly filtration media capable of reducing sediment particles as small as three micron at a flow rate of up to 15 gallons per minute.  Better yet, this system is covered by a 5-year manufacturer warranty.

W9331208 Doulton Countertop Water Filtration System5. W9331208 Doulton Countertop Water Filtration System – This affordably priced water filtration system from Doulton features a reusable ceramic filter cartridge, capable of reducing 99.99% of lead, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, E. Coli and more.  Ideal for homeowners and renters living in areas with questionable water quality or contamination issues.

IHS12-D4 Trojan UV Disinfection System6. IHS12-D4 Trojan UV Disinfection System – A UV disinfection system ideally suited for residential use – both in terms of price and in regards to the impurities it helps to reduce (ie this disinfection system will also reduce both sediment and chlorine taste from your water.)  Because they so effectively kill-off virtually all microbes they encounter, UV disinfection systems like this model are ideal for use in any home or business that relies on well water.

W9330229 Doulton QT Water Filtration System Housing7. W9330229 Doulton QT Water Filtration System Housing – Built from durable food grade plastic, this reasonably priced housing will fit any ceramic water candle from Doulton, all of which are designed to reduce more than 99% of harmful pathogens from your water.  This housing even comes complete with Built-In Push Fit Connections, making installation virtually trouble-free!

RO1000 Hydrologic Evolution Tankless Reverse Osmosis Filter System

8. RO1000 Hydrologic Evolution Tankless Reverse Osmosis Filtration System – Finally, we reach the gold standard in terms of heavy hitting water filtration systems – the reverse osmosis.  This tankless model from Hydrologic is powerful enough for light industrial applications and compact enough to fit beneath your kitchen sink.  Just as impressive, this system will reduce virtually all contaminants and impurities from up to 1500 gallons of water daily, or about 50 times the output of competing reverse osmosis systems.  Made in the USA!

All water filtration systems above ship FREE – and if ordered by 4pm CST – ship same business day.

If you have first-hand experience with either of the water filtration systems above, or other types of hard hitting systems, we’d love to hear what you think.  I invite you to leave a comment below.

I also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to be the first to see exclusive new filter sales and discounts.

Are you a veteran, currently serving in the Armed Forces, or buying a gift for a veteran or soldier?  Use the discount code ‘VETERAN’ at checkout to take 5% off your entire order!

Buy Your Vacuum Bags Online From Us & Skip Your Trip To The Big Box Store!


Vacuum Bags Sale[Through Sunday, June 15th, use the discount code ‘Bag20’ at check-out to take 20% off our entire selection of vacuum bags!  See our full selection of bags, designed for vacuum cleaner models from Dirt Devil to Oreck, here.

You may also call our customer service team for help finding the vacuum bags you need at 1-800-277-3458.]

This week marks the 145th anniversary of the vacuum cleaner’s creation, meaning it’s the 144th anniversary of shoppers rolling their eyes and saying, ‘ugh’ at the prospect of buying vacuum bags.

We feel safe in saying that there has never been a time where you’ve said to yourself, ‘Yes! I get to buy vacuum bags today!’ Continue reading

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday, Discount Filter Store Gave To Me…


DiscountFilterStore.com Black Friday DealsIt’s that time of year when the holiday jingles get in your head and stay in your head.  Especially if you choose to fight the big box store crowds on Black Friday.

At DiscountFilterStore.com, we’re a little bit sick of Black Friday already.Nubo Filtered Water Bottle

Doulton Countertop Water Filter SystemFighting the big box store crowds, navigating the treacherous parking lots and getting there just a bit too late for the best deals.  Frankly, we’ve had enough.

So we launched the type of Black Friday deals that we’d want to take advantage of: early, online and with a healthy mix of what we need and what we want!

Between now and Cyber Monday (this coming Monday, of course) – DiscountFilterStore.com is offering discounts on the stocking stuffers (5 buck Nubo filtered water bottles!) and big doorbusters (25% off a Doulton countertop water filter system!) that they’ll be rioting over at the big box stores!  Better yet, we’re also offering discounts on the everyday water filters you need to stock up on to get set for the next holiday wave.  Best yet, we’re offering prices that the big box stores will have a tough time matching, on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any other time of the year!

See our full list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

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 ‘VETERAN’ at checkout to take 5% off your entire order!

Get Smart: Drink Water


Ah, May…  The weather's getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and it's almost the end of the school year.  Here at Discount Filter Store, our  kids are counting down the days until summer vacation, while we're counting out the dollars we'll spend on summer camps and childcare.

 

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But before we pull out the beach chairs and put air in the bike tires, lots of us have to get through one more thing…

Yep. That dreaded end-of-year testing.

 

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Whether you've got a third grader or a college sophomore,  you've pretty likely got testing on your mind at this time of year.  You're doing everything you can to help your child get through her exams–making sure she studies hard, sleeps well, eats a healthy breakfast, and (the biggest challenge in my house) gets to school on time. 

But when test day comes, are you sending her to school with a bottle of water? (the refillable kind, of course!)

 It turns out–quite simply–that students who drink water during their exams do better than those
who don't.

According to a new study published by the University of East London (See? British people don't just sound smart-they are smart!):

  • Drinking water might have a physiological effect on the brain's cognitive functions. It turns out that even mild dehydration reduces your thinking ability.
  • It's also possible that, much like taking a deep breath, taking a drink of water calms your nerves and reduces your anxiety. (This applies to you too, moms and dads!)

So, come test day, don't forget to send some water with your budding Einstein!

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The Klean Kanteen, availabe at Discount Filter Store

 

Now that's what we call Smart Water!

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DiscountFilterStore Contest Winners: How to Claim your Prize


Contest Winners

All contest winners will be announced on the DiscountFilterStore Facebook page. If you have been selected as the winner for one of our giveaways there are two easy ways to claim your prize.

  • Send an email to winners@discountfilterstore.com
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DiscountFilterStore Contests and Giveaways: Rules and Regulations


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  • Good luck and have fun!