Thursday, November 9, 2017

Benefits of a Clean Dryer Vent!

When was the last time you thought about your dryer vent?  If you are like most people the answer is probably never.


Dryer Vents are seldom seen and rarely worried about, but they are a very important part of keeping a healthy and safe home, but what is a dryer vent? A dryer vent is the exhaust duct attached to the back of your clothes dryer.  This vent exhausts all the hot air built up in your dryer safely out of your house, so long as it's kept clean.  The dryer vent typically vents from your laundry room, to the side of your house or to the roof.

There are four main benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned annually.


1.) Prevent A House Fire!

This is the #1 reason to clean your dryer vent! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), failure to clean ones dryer vent is one of the top 10 causes of house fires! This claim is backed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission which states that over 15,000 home fires a year are caused by dirty dryer vents.  This is why Fire Departments across the USA recommend having your dryer vent professionally cleaned AT LEAST once a year.

2.) Save Energy

When your dryer vent is clogged, your dryer has to work a lot hard to try to exhaust its hot air.  This means your dryer will be using up more energy resulting in higher utility bills! Not only that but the overexertion of the dryer and high energy use can actually cause it to break down as well. Once your vent is cleaned your dryer will not have to work as hard, so it will use less energy.

3.) Makes Your Dryer More Efficient

You may have noticed that over time your dryer has been taking longer to dry your clothes. This too can be a direct result of a dirty dryer vent. When the vent has build up in it or is clogged, it makes it harder for the dryer to exhaust the hot humid air inside of it.  So all that heat and moisture will stay in with your clothes causing it to take much longer for them to dry. Cleaning your dryer vent annually will help prevent this problem from happening and have your clothes drying in no time!

4.) Pest Control!

Yup you heard me right. All sorts of critters, from bugs, rodents, birds and even snakes, can make nests in your homes dryer vent, especially in the winter time! These little critters love the warm air being exhausted and all the lint inside the vent makes perfect nesting material. Annual cleaning of your vents will help to get rid of any these nests, and help to inform you right away of any infestations.

If you are looking for a dryer vent cleaning or any other Healthy Home Services in the greater Phoenix area, be sure to check out our website!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Air Duct Cleaning & Your Indoor Air Quality



Why do you need an air duct cleaning?


Air duct cleaning is an important step in improving your home's indoor air quality. This is important to have done because according to the EPA, indoor air quality is one of the 5 greatest risks to public health!

Nearly 90% of American homeowners are unaware that air pollution levels inside one's homes can be two to five time higher than that of outside it. This means that the air quality in your home could be harmful to you and your family!

Poor indoor air quality can be especially harmful if someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies. Your household dust can contain mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and animal dander. All of which is cycled through the central air system, which completely circulates the air in your home three to five times a day.

Here are the best ways to improve your indoor air quality...



What's in my ducts?


From dust bunnies, dirt and animal fur/dander to mold, rodent droppings and harmful microbes, all sorts of things can get caught in your air ducts. A professional air duct cleaning is the only way to effectively remove dust and harmful contaminants from your air ducts. Professionals will use a vacuuming method to get rid of the dust and debris in the ducts.  Than some professionals will fog your system with an antimicrobial mist (EPA-Registered) to sterilize the duct work. This will kill off harmful microbes and bacteria growing inside the ducts and help to rid it of any bad odors.

Schedule Inspections if you are not sure.


Not sure you need an air duct cleaning done? Well the EPA say to have your air ducts in your home cleaned only as needed. Since it is hard to know if you need it done without actually looking inside your ducts, it is smart to have a video inspection done every so often (we recommend once a year).  This is a great way to see the quality your duct work is in and confirm whether or not an air duct cleaning is necessary.

If you are located in the greater Phoenix area in Arizona, take advantage of our free inspections and schedule your visit today.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Get Rid of Bad Odors in your Home!

Unpleasant odors are never fun, especially if they are in your home! Once they are in your home the question is how do you get rid of them?  Below I will go over four ways on how to rid your home of bad odors! 


1.) Coffee Beans

Yes that's right, coffee beans can actually help to rid your home of unpleasant smells and nasty odors.  Coffee beans are able to absorb tastes and odors in their vicinity if left exposed to the air.  Leaving them exposed does not have to look tacky either.  many people like to put the beans in small lace or mesh bags to leave around the home or in a decorative bowl (similar to how you would display potpourri). For extra odor elimination some recommend mixing ground coffee in with the whole beans.

2.) Cinnamon Sticks

Similar to coffee beans, cinnamon sticks can help cover up and rid your home of nasty odors.  Simply placing small bundles of the sticks around your home in key locations where the most activity is, will help remove some of the bad odors.  If you have some really strong odors you need to get rid of, use the cinnamon sticks in a simmer pot.  This will help to fill your home with a pleasant aroma to replace the bad odors.

3.) Air Filters

Using air filters is by far one of the most effective ways to get rid of odors in your home.  There are two primary ways to use air filters to get rid of odors in your home.  The first way is to drip your favorite smelling essential oils onto the back of your air filters before installing them. This way as the air in your home gets pulled through the filter it will pick up the scent of the essential oil and your duct system will distribute the smell throughout your home. If you dont have essential oils, vanilla extract will work too.

The second way to use a carbon air filters.  Carbon air filters are specialty filters that are made for the purpose of odor absorption.  Carbon is naturally able to absorb contaminants and other causes of odors in your air.  As the air passes through the filter it gets trapped in the carbon and only the fresh clean smelling air gets through.

4.) Air Duct Cleaning

If the odor in your home stems from your ductwork, you may want to look into having your ducts cleaned.  Air duct cleaning will scrub your ductwork clean of dust and debris that might be hiding the the lingering odor.  Then, depending on the company you use, you can have your duct work fogged with an antimicrobial solution.  This will sterilize your ductwork, killing off any microbes and bacteria that may be contributing to the odor you are smelling.  Also often time the fogging will leave behind a pleasant odor that will then distributed throughout your home, resulting in a fresh clean smell.

(Make sure the antimicrobial solution being used is EPA certified and non harmful to pets and humans.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why Should I Clean My Dryer Vent?

When was the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned?


No we are not talking about your lint trap, we mean the vent in your wall that exhausts the hot air from your dryer to the outside of your home. If it's been over a year it's been to long!

Dryer vent cleaning is an important but often forgotten about home maintenance task. Your homes dryer vent is supposed to be cleaned at least once a year according to the fire department. Some homeowners are lucky and have their dryer on an exterior wall where they can simply push a brush a couple of feet and it's clean. Most homeowners however can have up to 25 feet of duct work they need to clean!

Why should I have it cleaned?


The leading reason to clean your dryer vent is that it is a major fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), dryers, and dirty/clogged dryer vents, are one of the top 10 causes of house fires in the USA.

As you use your dryer, over time lint will begin to build up in the vent which can create blockages so that the hot air cannot exhaust out properly. With the build up of the flammable lint and the hot air not being able to exhaust properly, the vent and the dryer will start to become very hot. This heat can then cause the lint in the dryer and the vent to ignite and catch fire. As the vent is already in your wall it does not take long for this fire to spread throughout your home.  The best way to avoid this is to have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year.

What are some other benefits of dryer vent cleaning?


Another benefit of dryer vent cleaning is getting rid of unwanted pests that want to make your vent their home. Mice, bugs and birds all love to make nests in dryer vent (also a fire hazard) because of the shelter it provides and the warm air being exhausted through it.  Regular cleaning will help get rid of these nests and if they keep coming back most service pros will be able to help you with options to keep them away for good.

Regular dryer vent cleaning can also help you save energy, and extend the life of your dryer.  When your vent is clean and clear your dryer does not have to work as hard to push air through it.  This can help lower your energy costs while making your dryer more efficient at drying your clothes.

Who should I have clean my dryer vent?


It is recommended to hire a reliable local pro to do your dryer vent cleaning if your vent extends longer than just a few feet out.  This is to make sure that the cleaning is done thoroughly and with the correct equipment. 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tips for a Clean & Healthy BBQ Grill!

What is the best way to go about cleaning your backyard barbecue grill?


Whether you use your BBQ grill year round or just during the summer months, it's going to get dirty. So what are some tips to keep your grill clean and healthy?  The best advice we can give is to prevent it from getting overly dirty in the first place.  Below I will go over four tips to keep your BBQ looking and grilling its best.


1.) Don't let the food stick - 


No one wants to see old food stuck on your grill's grates. Not only is it disgusting but it's not healthy either. Avoid having stuck on food with two simple tricks.  The first, simply spray or rub cooking oil over the grates before you put your food down.  Another trick is once you have preheated your grill, rub a halved onion along the grates.  Sounds weird I know but it really does help stop your food from sticking.

2.) Clean it after every use -

This tip is pretty straight forward, clean your grill off when you are done using it. This will help keep your grill healthy and clean by reducing the build up of old food and grease over time. It is a lot easier to get food, grease and other things off your grill when it's fresh and the grates are hot. This will also help make your annual deep cleans easier.

3.) Don't forget the pan underneath - 


Many people focus all their attention on the grill grates when cleaning and forget about the pan underneath.  This can be a big mistake for several reasons.  The grills pan is where the majority of grease and food scraps end up.  Left uncleaned it can begin to attract unwanted pests like mice, rats and bugs.  Also, all this grease and old food can plug up your grills burners, making your grill less efficient. Lastly and the most important reason to remember to clean your pan is that this is where grease fires can occur. Being sure to clean it out regularly can help prevent a disaster.

4.) Deep clean it once a year -


Having a thorough grill cleaning done once a year will help keep your grill healthy and working like a champ! It can also help to minimize the wear and tear seen from years of use. For many the best times to have this done is in the fall after grilling all summer or in the spring before the grilling season starts back up again. If you are not sure on how to go about deep cleaning your grill we recommend contacting a local pro to come take care of it.

If you are in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area and looking for a grill cleaning at an affordable price please visit bbq.joefilter.com.

Monday, July 31, 2017

What Does a Water Softener Do?



You've probably heard of a water softener and maybe even own one but what do they do? The simple answer to this is they soften hard water. But what is hard water, and how do you go about softening it?  These are very good questions that we will go about answering below.

What is "Hard Water"?


Hard water is water with a high mineral content. Magnesium and calcium are typically the two most common minerals in hard water. These minerals are dangerous because they can cause scale build up in your homes plumbing, which can ruin pipes, appliances and more. These are the two minerals that your water softener primarily targets.

How do I Know if I have Hard Water?


Not sure you have hard water? Well roughly around 85% of the USA has hard water, so there is a good chance you might. According to a US Geological Survey, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona are the states with the hardest untreated ground water. To confirm whether you have hard water or not contact your local water utility company and ask.

How Does a Water Softener Work?


Water softeners have resin tanks with thousands of tiny resin beads that hold electrically charged ions. When you put salt into your water softener the beads become full of sodium ions. When hard water enters your plumbing it must pass through your water softener before entering the rest of your homes plumbing.  As the hard water passes through your resin tank, the hard water ions are attracted to the resin beads. The sodium ions in the resin beads are then exchanged for the hard water ions creating soft water. To make sure this happens you must make sure your water softener is kept topped off with salt.


Running out of salt and overfilling are two common mistakes with water softeners. To make sure you are adding the proper amount of salt consult your systems manufacturer or hire a local pro.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gourmet Mac & Cheese on the Grill!

Did you know gourmet macaroni and cheese can be made on the grill?


Yes you read that right,we are going to show you how to make everyone's favorite pasta on the grill! Making gourmet mac & cheese on the grill is pretty similar to making it in your kitchen. You will still need a large pot, saucepan, whisk, and measuring cups and spoons. As well as all of the standard ingredients as listed below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 6 cups of your favorite shredded cheeses
  • A stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Milk
  • Salt 
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Breadcrumbs


Directions:


The following part can be done on either the stove or the grill.  As well as a side burner if your BBQ has one. If done on the grill preheat the grill to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Once the grill is preheated fill your pot with water and bring it to a boil.  Once boiling your macaroni noodles in the pot and cook until they are "Al Dente". Once cooked to this consistency drain the pot and set the noodles to the side for the time being. 

Set the grill to medium burn. Then using a large sauce pan melt 1 whole stick of butter.  Once melted whisk in your flour to thicken then add 2 cups of milk. Now begin adding your cheese 1 cup at a time being sure to thoroughly whisk each in before the next. If the sauce becomes to thick add more milk. 

Once all cheeses are blended together mix in the noodles as well as a 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black paper. Once everything is thoroughly mixed transfer your mac and cheese to a cast iron casserole dish.  Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and garlic powder, then place on the grill (lid closed) for 12 minutes.  Check half way through to make sure it does not burn. Once done take it off the grill and let it stand for a few minutes before serving.

To add some extra flavor to your macaroni and cheese mix in some grilled peppers, bacon and/or chicken! 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Where Do I Find My Air Filters?

You know your homes air filters need to be changed every month, but you haven't a clue where they are in your home! Don't worry you are not a lone. This is something many people wonder about when getting ready to change their filters, and we are here to help.

Most of the time your air filters will be located in a return vent along your ceiling. Sometimes it can be located along your walls too, so that it is easier to get too. The return is typically square shaped and located in an open room so as not to be accidentally shut off from the rest of the house.  This is because the return needs to be able to intake air from the entire house so that the filter can filter the air properly.

Air Filters can also be found in a the air handler in your HVAC closet if you have one in your house. These are typically located in the
basement or attic and are the heart of your HVAC system.  Some homes will even have air filters both in returns and in the air handlers.  The best idea would be to search your home for both and see what you can find.

If you still cannot find your air filters or just do not have the time to look we recommend contacting a local pro to come out and check them for you.


To learn more about air filters replacement please visit our website at air.joefilter.com.





Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Tips for Summer Energy Saving!

Summer is a fun time of year but it's high temperatures often leads to higher energy bills. Learn to save energy during these hot months by following these 5 quick and easy tips!


1.) Change Your Air Filters- 


With your A/C running more frequently do to the summer heat, it becomes more important to check and replace your dirty air filters more often. Energy companies recommend checking and replacing your air filters once a month, especially in the summer months.  After a month your air filter will have filled up with all the dirt and dust  that has been blowing through it. Once this happens your system will have to work harder to continue to pull air through it, using more energy.

2.) Replace Your Outdoor Lights with LED Bulbs-


Summer time often leads to more backyard outdoor activities.  Whether it's the neighborhood BBQ or a pool party, a lot of these activities can stretch into the twilight hours.  To save energy but still keep everything well lit, look into investing in LED bulbs for outside your home.  LED bulbs traditionally use 25%-80% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, while giving off more light. Not just that but they last up to 25 times longer too!

If saving energy is your end game it would be a good idea to look into replacing all your homes lights with LED bulbs.

3.) Use a Clothesline to Dry Your Laundry-


On a beautiful summer day why not air dry your laundry on a clothes line.  Your dryer can use a lot of energy to dry your clothes, even more if you haven't cleaned the dryer vent recently. So when its nice outside simply hang up your laundry to dry.  Not only will this help you save energy, but it will help air out your laundry leaving it with a nice fresh air scent.

4.) Use Your BBQ Grill to Cook-


Cooking a meal in your kitchen can use a lot of your homes energy.  From using the stove, oven, and even the opening and closing of your refrigerator you can add a lot to your energy bill. So during the summer to save energy, try using your grill to cook as many meals as possible. You can cook almost anything on a grill and it uses much less energy to do so. 

5.) Set Your Thermostat to 78 Degrees or Higher-


As mentioned before with the summer your A/C will be running much more often.  To avoid over using your A/C, most energy companies recommend setting your thermostat to the highest temperature that is still comfortable for you and your family.  Usually 78 degrees or higher. To help you with this we recommend getting a Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns and programs itself based on your habits and automatically helps save energy. Plus you can control it using your phone, tablet or laptop even when you are not home.


To learn more about how we can help you save energy visit joefilter.com today!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reverse Osmosis (RO Water) 101

Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems are a popular water filtration systems for drinking and cooking water. Household RO systems are typically located under the kitchen sink and supply you with filtered water out of a separate smaller faucet on your sink. The RO system is made up of several pre and post water filters, usually a sediment/carbon combination, and a RO membrane which allows the system to do the process of reverse osmosis.  Even though these systems are very popular, a good amount of people still do not know much about them.  Below I will go over some of the most common questions about RO systems we hear.

How Does it Work?


RO systems work by filtering water through a variety of filters (usually carbon and sediment) to rid the water of most of its visible solids. Next the water goes through the RO's membrane which allows it to do the process of reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is the process in which water is forced under pressure through a semipermeable membrane. This process allows RO systems to not only filter out any remaining visible solids from your water but dissolved material too. Meaning the reverse osmosis removes more than 90% of all contaminants and impurities found in your water! The contaminated water is drained away and the filtered water is then fed into your RO tank. Some systems will also have a post filter to filter the water coming out of the tank one last time before it pours out of the faucet.

How Often do I Need to Change the Filters?


It's recommended by the manufactures to change your pre and post filters every 6-12 months, and the membrane every 2-5 years. However in warm weather climates where the tap water stays in the mid 80 degrees all summer long, it's recommended not to go over 6 months. This is because the warm water is ideal for bacteria growth. Regular filter changes will also help prevent leaks and extend the life of your RO membrane.


If I Don't Use my RO Much do I Still Need the Filters Changed?


Yes! Not using your RO is possibly the worst thing you can do to it.  It will allow the the water to grow stagnate around the filters and in the tank, resulting in bacteria growth. Not using your RO will also cause your system to be more susceptible to leaks and other issues. The best rule of thumb is to use your system as much as possible to keep water moving through it, as you will still need to change the filters if you don't.

Is There a Way Not to Waste as Much Water?


Yes there is! Most reverse osmosis systems have a 3:1 ratio on water use.  What this means is they use up 3 gallons of water in order to make one gallon of RO water.  Recently some manufactures have developed a new "Green" membrane (such as the Pentair GRO-50EN) which allows the reverse osmosis to use only 25-35% of the water used by a conventional RO system. To put it simply it drops the ratio from 3:1 to 1:1!

Are All RO's the Same?


Yes and no.  All RO systems do the process of reverse osmosis that we talked about above but not all RO systems are made the same.  In the world of RO's there are two main types, Proprietary ROs and "Standard" ROs. Proprietary systems are systems that are "unique" to a certain manufacture. What this means is that these systems are built so that their parts and filters can only be purchased through that manufacturer, sometimes at a much higher cost. "Standard" systems, as we call them, are systems that use universal filter sizes that you do not need to go through the manufacturer to get. There are also systems that use specialty filters and parts, such as the "Green" membrane we spoke of before. These filters and parts allow your system to do something most other systems can't.  Such as dropping the water usage, balancing the PH level, reintroducing healthy minerals into your water and more.

There you have it our most commonly asked questions about RO system answered. If you have a question about RO systems we did not answer here or if you would like to schedule an RO filter service please visit ro.joefilter.com!



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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Joe Filter - Dryer Vent Cleaning

Are you overlooking a fire risk in your home?

Dryer Vents are seldom seen and rarely worried about, but they are a very important part of keeping a healthy and safe home. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there are over 15,000 home fires a year caused by dirty dryer vents. Lint and debris gets backed up in the vent reducing air flow. This can decrease dryer efficiency and cause fires. While a lot of homeowners are aware of the risks associated with dirty dryer vents not everyone has the time, proper equipment, or know how to keep their dryer vent adequately cleaned.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

10 Steps to a Healthy Happy Home!

Having a happy healthy home should be the goal of every homeowner and renter. The question now is how does one go about maintaining a healthy happy home?


The answer? Preventive maintenance, or as we like to call it Healthy Home Services. This includes but is not limited to changing air filters, cleaning your grill, dryer vent, air ducts and definitely replacing your water filters, and smoke detector batteries.

Here are 10 steps to a happy healthy home!


Step 1: Replace your air filters every month! This will help keep your indoor air clean and prevents your HVAC system from wasting energy trying to pull air through a dirty filter.

Step 2:  Clean out your vacuum every couple weeks or at least once a month.  Your vacuum takes care of some of the dirtiest jobs your home has to offer.  Keeping it clean will help make sure it keeps doing its job to the best of its ability.

Step 3: Change/replace any burnt out light bulb. This should go without saying since no one like tripping and falling or stubbing their toe because the lights don't work.

Step 4: Top off your water softener salt. Having soft water prevent scale build up in your hames plumbing and it is good for your hair and skin.

Step 5: Change your water filters. Most of the more common home water filter systems like fridge filters and RO systems are recommended to have their filters replaced every 6 months. Doing this prevents the filters from leaching and helps ensure your water stays healthy and clean.

Step 6: Change out the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months.  Not only is this recommended by the fire department to help avoid a tragedy, but it will also help prevent those annoying low battery beeps at 2am.

Step 7: Clean your dryer vent. A dirty dryer vent is an energy drain and a fire hazard. That is why the fire department recommends cleaning it at least once a year.

Step 8: Keep your grill clean. Keeping your grill clean by quickly cleaning after every use and by doing at least 1 deep clean a year. This can help to extend the life of your grill and keep it grilling in tip top shape. Plus nobody wants to see their burger coming off a nasty dirty grill!

Step 9: Have your air ducts cleaned. Most homeowners are unaware that the EPA reports air pollution levels inside our homes can be 2 to 5 times higher than outside. An air duct cleaning is one of the most effective ways to improve air quality.

Step 10: Install a Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and connects to your phone. This will help you save energy and will send you safety alerts to your phone even if you are not home!

Need help checking these steps off your Honey-do list? Visit joefilter.com or give us a call at (480) 813-9494!
Keep your home happy and healthy by putting it on Joe Filter Autopilot today!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What are Sediment and Carbon Water Filters?

There are variety of water filtration systems out there, from the under the sink RO, to fridge filters and even the portable water pitcher with a filter. No matter what system you use, most household water filters are either a carbon or a sediment filter.

What are sediment and carbon filters you might ask?


 A sediment filter is a filter usually made from spun poly or cotton (as well as a few less common fibers), that is designed to remove sediment from your water (aka. dirt and other visible solids). A sediment filter will not filter out chemicals or affect the taste of the water however, that's where the carbon filter comes in.

A carbon filters use positively charged or "activated" carbon to remove negatively charged impurities such as certain chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Activated carbon filters using the process of adsorption.  This is where pollutant molecules in your water become trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon. This allows the carbon filters to catch the majority of pollutants that the sediment filter cannot.


How do I keep them working correctly?


Its simple you just replace the filters before they go bad. Most manufactures recommend replacing your water filters every six months. This is because your filters are constantly submerged in water, capturing pollutants.  After six months, your water filters can have bacteria growing within the filter media, as well as a variety of other gunk they have accumulated. Once your filters become too full (usually between 6 to 12 months) they can begin leaching the contaminants they collected back into your drinking water in higher quantities!

Need help replacing your water filters? Ask Joe Filter for help!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Home Healthier.


Here are 5 quick and simple ways to keep your home happy and healthy!


Keeping a healthy home is important, but how do we do it! The majority of the air we breath and water we drink is at home.  If we want to take steps to making our homes healthier we should start with the air we breath, water we drink and lets throw in fire safety just for fun!
Below are 5 quick and simple ways to keep your home healthy.

1.) Change your air filters:

Did you know the EPA reports that air pollution levels inside our homes can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. This is why we recommended to change your air filters once a month. Being on top of your air filter changes will help to minimize the amount of air pollutants being circulated through your home.

2.) Clean out your vacuum:

Your vacuum does all the dirty jobs in your home causing it to become full dirt from weeks of use.  When it becomes too full it will begin putting all this dirt and dust back into your homes air. This is why it is important to empty the bag or canister of your vacuum before it become full.  You will also want to check and clean/replace your vacuum's filter when you do this, if your vacuum has one.

3.) Top off your water softener salt:

Did you know a water softener helps to prevent scale build up within your homes plumbing.  This helps to prevent leaks and extends the life of appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.  A water softener can only do this if it is properly maintained by topping off its reservoir with the water softener salt.

4.) Change your water filters:

If you put off changing your water filter too long they could begin leaching contaminants back into your water. This means everything they've collected could be put back into your drinking water in higher quantities. Most water filters are recommended to be changed every 6 months.

5.) Test your smoke detectors

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says to test your smoke detectors at least once a month and to change their batteries every six months. It may seem like a menial boring chore but it just may save your life some day.


Want a simple way to check these items off your to-do list visit JoeFilter.com to learn about our healthy home services.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Could Not Changing Your Filters Make You Sick?!

Filter changes are not exactly what you wake up excited about... But could not changing your filters make you sick? The answer is YES, it could. 


Now we are not saying that forgetting to change your filters here and there is going to give you some crazy disease that throws the world into chaos, resulting in having to fight off mutant beavers for food... but anything is possible. Most likely forgetting to change filters will result in much milder problems, but still problems nonetheless.

For instance air filters are recommended to be changed once a month.  If you put off doing this dust and dirt can accumulate on the filter to the point where your filter will not let your HVAC system draw in any air.  This can cause strain on your HVAC system, higher energy bills and your homes air no longer being circulated and filtered.  Without your air being circulated and filtered dust and germs can become more prevalent.  Resulting in anyone with allergies or asthma to be at higher risks of attack.  As well as heightening your chances of getting sick.

100 Common Water Toxins
Not changing your water filters, such as RO and fridge filters, can also cause problems.  If you put it off too long the filters may begin leaching the contaminants they've collected back into your drinking water, only in much higher quantities. Drinking these contaminants in higher doses could result in a variety of adverse health problems.  Illness that could come from this would depend on what contaminants and toxins are leached back into your water. Click on the picture to the right for a list of common water toxins.

The moral of this story is, keep yourself and your home healthy and change your filters regularly. 

Don't want to worry about remembering your filter changes?  Call Joe Filter today (480) 813-9494 and ask about putting your home on Autopilot!  

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Grilling Lobster!

Lobster is considered to be one of the cornerstones of fine dining, but did you know you can make this delicacy at home on your grill?!


Typically it is just lobster tail that you make on the grill but you can make whole lobsters too, so long as you kill them before putting them on the grill.  Since killing your dinner can be a buzz kill (no pun intended) for some it is usually easier just get lobster tails.

Your lobster tails should be right around 7 ounces in weight.  Be sure to thaw them before grilling! As you are waiting for the tails to thaw, mix 1 stick of butter, 2 tbsp of chives, 1 tbsp of tarragon, a clove of minced garlic, and hot sauce together in a small bowl and set it aside for later.

After the lobster tails have thawed use kitchen shears to cut the bottom of the lobster shell almost the entire length of the tail, exposing the meat. Then take a knife and cut the meat along the same path as you cut the shell making sure not to slice all the way through the lobster. Gently pull open the lobster like a book.  Do not rip the two halves apart!

Preheat your grill to medium heat, then brush the lobsters meat with olive oil and salt to add flavor.  Place meat side down over direct medium heat on the grill for about 5 to 7 minutes.  The shell should become a bright red color.  Flip the lobster over and spoon a large tbsp of the butter mixture you made on top of your lobster meat.  Continue to grill for another 5 minutes or until the internal heat reaches 135 degrees fahrenheit. Take off the grill and serve with your remaining butter mix and lemons.

Yup it's that easy! You can also use this same process for grilling whole lobsters. Now get out there and enjoy some grilled lobster!


If your grill needs a good cleaning after your lobster extravaganza call Joe Filter about our BBQ Clean-up Service or visit bbq.JoeFilter.com.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

How to Grill Your Pizza!

Say goodbye to baking your pizza in the oven! 

Try the fun, creative and delicious option of cooking your pizza on the grill instead! It is a lot easier to do then you think. Not only that but grilling your pizza will give it that authentic old school pizza look and delectable taste! This is because the best pizza is typically made in brick pizza ovens that reach temperatures your kitchen oven can't match but that your grill can.  Now the key to being successful at grilling your pizza is making sure you're organized prior to it.  You will need to have your ingredients and equipment ready at a moment's notice... You don't want to leave your pizza burning on the grill as you rummage through cabinets looking for a spatula. Once you organized You can begin the grilling process.


Below is everything you need to know to grill your pizza.


Equipment:


  • Grill (gas or charcoal)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pizza Tray
  • Grill Tongs
  • Basting Brush

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of pizza dough (about a pound)
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • Enough cheese to cover the pizza (typically about 2 cups) 
  • Olive oil (this can be substituted for coconut oil if you choose)
  • Toppings of your choice (ie: meat and veggie)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill on high till it reaches 550-600 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Roll out dough into a thin circle using your rolling pin.
  3. Brush one side of the dough with olive oil then lay that side down on your grill grates.
  4. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil and let the dough cook for about 3 minutes with grill uncovered.
  5. Lift the dough occasionally using your tongs to check its progress. Grill marks are what you want but the dough should not be burnt or flaky.
  6. After the 3 minutes are up gently flip the dough over so that the uncooked side is now on the grates.
  7. Quickly top your pizza. Spread the pizza sauce in a thin layer over the dough. Then top the dough with your cheese and other toppings of your choice. Do not overload the pizza or it will not cook right!
  8. Cover the grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.  Keep an eye on the pizza to make sure that it does not get burnt.  If you think you smell it burning lower the heat.
  9. After the 3 to 5 minutes uncover the grill and place the pizza on a pizza tray to cool. The crust should be a golden brown and the cheese should be completely melted.
  10. Once cooled cut it into slices and ENJOY!

If your grill needs a good thorough cleaning check out bbq.joefilter.com!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What's the Difference Between Reverse Osmosis and Regular Water Filters?


How are RO systems different than other water filters?


Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems are not your regular water filtration system.  Most water filters are typically just a carbon based filter or a sediment filter. A sediment filter is typically made from spun poly or cotton (as well as a few less common fibers), and are designed to remove most sediment from your water, but it does not filter out chemicals or affect the taste of the water. Carbon filters use positively charged or "activated" carbon to remove negatively charged impurities like certain chemicals and volatile organic compounds. The RO however, usually has both sediment and carbon filters along with a semi permeable membrane.  This membrane is what makes an RO system different because it allows the RO to do a process called reverse osmosis, and yes that is how the system gets its name.

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Figure 1
The process of reverse osmosis allows your system to filter out not only visible solids (like regular water filters do) but also dissolved material! This means the reverse osmosis removes more than 90% of all contaminants and impurities found in your water, including toxins like arsenic. See Figure 1 for a list of common water toxins. Reverse osmosis is accomplished by household water pressure pushing the tap water through the systems filters, then the semipermeable membrane and then filters again.  The result being clean water with improved smell and taste.  Due to this result many chefs and breweries use RO water for cooking and brewing purposes.

To keep your RO and any other water filtration system running smoothly change the filters regularly! Manufactures recommend replacing the pre and post filters every six to twelve months and your membrane every 2 to 5 years (depending how often the other filters get changed). RO filters need to be changed because they are constantly submerged in water, capturing pollutants.  After six months, RO filters can have bacteria growing within the filter media. Once the filters become too full (usually between 6 to 12 months) they can begin leaching the contaminants they collected back into your drinking water. Not only will this ruin your membrane but it can also cause adverse health effects. The key is to change your RO filters before you notice any difference in your water.

For more info on RO systems or to schedule RO filter service visit ro.joefilter.com or call (480) 813-9494.