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How Often Should I Change My Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter?


4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter

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For decades, the name Whirlpool has been synonymous with quality kitchen appliances like refrigerators.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute graded three Whirlpool refrigerator models between 2009 and 2013, and all scored a B+ or higher, with one model being one of the few to score an A- or higher.  Additionally, just last year, Reviewed.com awarded runner-up status to two Whirlpool models in its 2013 Best of Year Refrigerator Awards. Continue reading

5 Best Water Filtration Products For Dog Owners


Snuggling In Bed With DogAs we approach the weekend, dog owners everywhere rejoice just a bit.  Rather than forcing ourselves out of a warm bed where our pup is ready and willing to snuggle, we can allow ourselves to remain in furball heaven for hours.  This is followed by a leisurely day of playing, eating and sleeping – and not necessarily in that order.

With the love that we have for our dogs, it’s no wonder that there are so many products available now specifically designed to ensure your dog always has easy access to the cleanest drinking water possible.

At DiscountFilterStore.com, we’re big time advocates for keeping your dog as healthy and hydrated as possible.  Fortunately, the same type of water filtration products that keep you and your two-legged family members hydrated with clean water are just as useful when caring for your dog.

Five water filtration products we recommend for dog owners appear below:

ZD-010 ZeroWater Water Pitcher1. ZeroWater Pitcher – Any guess on why dogs seems so insistent on drinking toilet water?  Many dogs would prefer filtered water free of chemicals commonly used to clean tap water, including chlorine, that can impact the taste and smell of water.  This is just one of the reasons that a ZeroWater filtered water pitcher, like the one shown to the left is a perfect water filtration solution for dog owners.

This pitcher will remove virtually all chlorine and sediment that can lead to a finicky yet healthy dog turning up its nose at your tap water in favor of more questionable sources, while also reducing sediments and minerals that can compromise an older dog’s immune system.  Better yet, this pitcher is great for humans, too!

Sprit HR5-WH Shower Filter2. Handheld Shower Filter System – Chlorine in shower water can cause a whole host of issues, from dry skin to split ends.  This is why we recommend a good shower filter for nearly all of our human customers.  But a good shower filter is just as important for your dog.  After all, that chlorine can have just as itchy an impact on his or her skin and fur as it does on your skin and hair.

Of course, since most dogs seems to hate bath time – yet ironically love water – we would recommend the handheld shower filter, like the one pictured to the left, to make bath time a little bit more manageable.

Instapure F8 Faucet Filter3. Instapure Faucet Filter – Let’s move back into the kitchen.  When it comes to the source of your dog’s drinking water, most critical is ensuring that what you are pouring is as clean as possible, whether this means pouring from a filtered water pitcher or pouring from your tap.

The Instapure faucet filter system pictured helps reduce up to 99% of more than a dozen contaminants, including chlorine, mercury, lead and more.  Installing this faucet filter will help ensure that whether you are pouring a glass for yourself or a bowl for your furry friend, your drinking water will be virtually free of some of the more nasty contaminants.

Katadyn Personal Water Purifier Bottle4. Katadyn Personal Water Purifier Bottle – Mike Sagman at DogFoodAdvisor has a great post where he describes water as the most ‘neglected of all canine nutrients.’  Quite simply, drinking water must be provided for a dog on-demand, in large part because canines pass through much water through their system and lose so much moisture through the panting that is akin to a human sweating.  Sagman also very rightly points out that tainted or contaminated water poses the very real risk of intestinal disease.

Some of the more challenging situations when it comes to keeping your dog hydrated with the cleanest water possible come when you’re on the road or in the great outdoors.  For either situation, we would recommend hydrating your pal with the Katadyn water purifier bottle to the left.  This bottle is currently the only EPA registered sports bottle with complete multi-stage anti-microbial protection that is designed to reduce more than 99% of bacteria and viruses.

Tier1 Green Funbottle5. DiscountFilterStore.com Funbottles – Here’s a secret about dogs.  They like to chew.  Here’s a secret about water bottles.  Sometimes, quite frankly, they can be a bit of a pain to lug on short trips to the dog park or the beach.

Our funbottles are light and easy to bring just about anywhere after filling up with clean drinking water from your home.  And at just about $3 per funbottle, your dog is free to destroy this bottle all he or she likes without breaking your bank!

What other water filtration products have you found useful for keeping your dog hydrated?

We encourage you to share via a comment below.

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5 Scary Contaminants Easy & Affordable To Filter From Your Drinking Water


Scared of Drinking Water ContaminantsWhether you live in a larger city and pull your drinking water from a municipal source, or further out in well water country, you are undoubtedly being exposed to some form of contaminants.

Some of these contaminants are mad-made, such as chlorine, and are designed to clean and disinfect your drinking water.  Other contaminants, including rust and iron, are naturally occurring in the environment.  These contaminants are clever enough to sneak themselves into your drinking water before you turn on your faucet.

Bottom-line, many of these contaminants will make your water taste awful.  If these contaminants occur in heavy enough levels, they can pose significant risk for both short- and long-term health issues.

Fortunately, the most common drinking water contaminants are also among the easiest and most affordable to reduce, including:

ZD-010 ZeroWater Water Pitcher
ZeroWater Filtered Water Pitcher – reduces chlorine, lead and more for $34

1. Chlorine – perhaps the most common contaminant for those that live in the city and the most common reason many will complain that their water tastes ‘like a swimming pool.’  Livestrong quotes research indicating that most cities within the US treat their water with two to four parts per million to kill off any pesky bacteria.

While we can’t argue with chlorine’s ability to kill bacteria, we do take issue with some of the harmful effects of both short-term and long-term exposure, from dry skin and split ends from shower water at best, to risk of cancer and premature aging at worst.

Fortunately, most water filters are designed to reduce chlorine, including our new line of Tier1 refrigerator water filters – built for all major refrigerator brands – and as low as $20 per filter, dependent on your needs.  And if you have a fridge without a water dispenser, an affordable water filter pitcher from ZeroWater or faucet filter from Instapure will do the trick, without forcing you to exceed a $20-30 budget.

One more point on chlorine – as 50% of chlorine exposure comes from bathing – a good shower filter also makes for a wise investment.

F8-CHROME Instapure Ultra Faucet Filter System - Chrome
Instapure F8 Faucet Filter – reduces chlorine, lead and more for $27

2. Lead – Lead must have seemed like a really good idea at one time, as most lead in tap water comes from the corrosion of older pipes and fixtures, per the CDC.  Today, congress’s involvement is needed to keep this junk out of our water, via the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that went into play earlier this month.

Lead cannot be smelled, tasted or boiled out of water, and the only way to know for sure if your drinking water supply contains this contaminant is with a water test kit.  Higher levels of lead can cause health risks including elevated blood levels, and these risks are significantly enhanced for the sick, young or vulnerable.

Like chlorine, many refrigerator water filters will help to reduce lead, including our Tier1 line.  More advanced faucet filters, including the Instapure F8 pictured, will also help to reduce lead while running just slightly higher in cost than entry level models.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter – reduces asbestos, lead, chlorine and more for as low as $36

3. Asbestos – while naturally occurring, the unique ability of asbestos to be resistant to heat and most other chemicals has historically led to its use in thousands of products, including cement pipe used to distribute drinking water.  Asbestos also has the unique ability to, over time, increase someone’s risk for developing intestinal polyps per the EPA.

As frightening as asbestos can be, it is also a fairly straight-forward contaminant to reduce.  One of the most popular refrigerator water filters on the market, the Maytag UKF8001, has been shown to reduce up to 99% of asbestos while setting you back just over $35 per filter.  And for those without refrigerator water dispensers, several undersink water filter systems, including the Pentek US-1000 system pictured, have been shown to reduce this contaminant before it makes it anywhere near your glass.

4. Iron – iron is naturally occurring in both groundwater and oxygen free reservoirs.  When exposed to oxygen, it is commonly responsible for drinking water discoloration.

Per the EPA, iron is not directly associated with adverse health effects.  That said, it will lead to water quality effects, from the aforementioned discoloration to an unpleasant metallic taste.

US-1000 Pentek Undersink Filter System
Pentek US-1000 Pentek Undersink Filter System – reduces asbestos, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and lead for $128

If you have heavy doses of iron in your water, chances are, you are already well aware.  Fortunately, a small investment in a countertop water filter system by Doulton, including their W9331032 UltraCarb, can get the taste and coloring of your water back on track.

5. Sulfur – rotten eggs.  If you smell it or taste it in your water, you’ve got sulfur.  Common in well water, the smell of sulfur does not always indicate a problem with the sanitation of your water. If left unchecked, however, sulfur can cause all manner of issues, including promoting the growth of other types of bacteria in your water supply.

Dealing with sulfur is a little bit trickier and pricier, so before making a filter decision, determine first where you are experiencing the biggest issues.  Because so much of the unpleasantness inherent with sulfur is with the smell, many are satisfied if the smell is reduced in their shower or bath.  If you fall into this category, a Culligan shower filter will meet most of your needs.  The shower filter pictured to the left is hand-held and even includes a massage feature!

Culligan Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage
Culligan HSH-C135 Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage – reduces sulfur odor and chlorine for $48

On the other hand, if you have sulfur issues throughout your home, you may be looking at an investment in a new system set-up.  If you fall into this category, take care to ensure that your new system will accommodate filters built for sulfur, like the HydroLogic Big Boy.  We would also recommend that you call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458 to ensure you get the most affordable custom set-up possible.

What other contaminants have you dealt with in your drinking water, and more importantly, how did you handle them?  We invite you to leave a comment below.

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