Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What 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.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey!

Throw your turkey on the grill this Thanksgiving!


Ever wonder how you could make Thanksgiving even better? Well the answer is grilling, that's how! Rather than putting your turkey in the oven this put it on the grill, after all ovens are really just for pies and sides.  


Grilling your turkey is incredibly easy to do. Just follow the directions below and you will be on your way to an EPIC Thanksgiving feast!


Ingredients:


  • 12 lbs Whole Turkey (Make sure it has been thawed out)
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp of your favorite seasoning (I recommend Italian or lemon pepper)

Get to Grilling:


  1. Clean off your grill grates and set the heat to medium-high.
  2. Rinse off the turkey.
  3. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place & return legs to tucked position.
  4. Brush the turkey lightly with olive oil and then season well.
  5. Place the turkey, breast side up, in a large roasting pan.
  6. Place the pan on the grill and then close the cover.
  7. Grill for 2 to 3 hours or until the inner thigh temps out to 180 degrees fahrenheit.
  8. Take off of the grill and let stand for 15 minutes.
  9. Set the table, give thanks and then DIG IN AND ENJOY!





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dryer Vent vs Lint Trap: Whats the Difference?

Dryer vent, lint trap, same thing right? WRONG! 


Many of us use our clothes dryer very frequently throughout the week but not all of us know about the importance of cleaning the dryer vent.  This is typically because many confuse the lint trap with the dryer vent.  Though both the lint trap and the dryer vent are equally important to clean, they could not be more different.


So what's the difference?



Lint Trap Cleaning

Lint Trap:


The lint trap should be looked at as the dryers first line of defense against lint build up. It is usually clearly marked and easily accessible.  Typically it's located right inside the dryer's door or on top of the dryer. The lint trap is used to catch the majority of the lint from your laundry before it gets into your dryer vent.  The lint trap should be cleaned out after each dryer use.

See the GIF to the right for how to clean your lint trap.


Dryer Vent:


Dryer Vent Location
Your dryer vent on the other hand is located behind your dryer and is connected to the vent via a flexible silver duct.  The dryer vent is the exhaust vent/ducting system that exhausts the heat from your dryer to the outside of your home.  During the dryer cycle lint from your laundry can sneak past the lint catcher and begin to build up in your dryer vent, even if you are good about cleaning off your lint catcher every time.  In about the span of a year (sometimes less) the lint build up can create a blockage in your vent.  A dryer Vent blockage can lead longer drying times, wasted energy, and even fires! This is why the fire department recommends cleaning your dryer vent at least once a year. If you are unsure how to clean it or do not have the correct tools, we recommend consulting a professional dryer vent cleaner.

If you live within Maricopa County in Arizona, and need your dryer vent cleaned call us at (480) 813-9494

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Recipe For Awesomeness: Loaded Baked Potato Volcanoes!

Make your next backyard BBQ an eruption of awesomeness with these Loaded Baked Potato Volcanoes!


Have you ever been eating a baked potato and thought "this is good but I wonder how I could make it awesome?" Well here is your answer, the Loaded Baked Potato Volcano!  This glorious creation is a potato that is wrapped with not one, but two pieces of bacon and is erupting a mixture of cheese, sour cream, and green onion!  Not just that but it's easy to make too, simply follow the recipe below.

Ingredients:

6 Large Red or Russet Potatoes
8 oz of Cream Cheese
3 Cups of Cheddar Cheese
6 tbsp of Sour Cream
1 1/4 cups of Green Onions
12 Slices of Bacon

Supplies:

Tongs
Large Mixing Bowl
Mixing Spoon
Toothpicks
Small metal spoon/melon baller
Tin Foil


Instructions:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 400˚F
  2.  Wash off potatoes in the sink and poke a couple holes in them so they can vent.
  3.  Wrap all the potatoes individually in tin foil and place them in the oven for 20min or until they begin to soften.
  4. While they cook, mix together the cream cheese, green onions (saving a little for garnish) and 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them rest until they are cool enough to touch.
  6. After taking off the tin foil cut the ends off the potato so that it can stand up.
  7. Using a melon baller or a small spoon, carve out the center of the potato. (Be careful not to make the walls or bottom too thin.)
  8. Preheat the grill to about 350˚F
  9. Pack each potato completly and epically full of the cheese mixture. 
  10. Wrap 2 slices of bacon around the potato and keep them in place with toothpicks.
  11. Place potatoes over indirect heat on the grill for 30 minutes with the lid closed.
  12. Top the potatoes with the remaining cheddar cheese and cook for another 15 minutes.
  13. Using your tongs, take the potatoes off the grill and place on a serving tray/plate.
  14. Garnish with a tablespoon of sour cream per potato and some green onions.
  15. Serve and enjoy!
That's all there is to it! Try it out and impress everyone at your next BBQ!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Healthy Home in a Box


Healthy Home in a Box - The Simple Solution for a Healthy Home! 

When was the last time you changed your filters? Have you ever gone into the hardware store to buy a filter and completely forgot which ones you need? With Joe Filter's Healthy Home in a Box you will never need to worry about that again.  Healthy Home in a Box will save you time and money, while having everything you need to keep up to date with your healthy home maintenance shipped directly to your front door.  And did we mention shipping is FREE! Getting started is simple...

  1. Go to box.joefilter.com and sign up.
  2. Pick the items you need.
  3. Your box arrives on your doorstep. 
We'll ship your box out every six months and you will never worry about filter changes again!

That's all it takes.  Joe Filter's Healthy Home in a Box makes it easy to have a healthier, happier home.

With air filters as low as $6 each and fridge filters starting at only $19... not to mention FREE SHIPPING on every order, what are you waiting for? Start saving today! Visit box.joefilter.com to sign up!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why Are My Smoke Detectors Beeping?

What's it mean when your smoke detector starts beeping/chirping and there is no smoke or fire?


Smoke detectors can chirp and beep for multiple reasons and not all of them are due to smoke or fire. We have all been there, minding our own business and all of a sudden the smoke detector chirps.  After having a mini heart attack due to the chirp out of nowhere, your first reaction should be to look around and make sure nothing is on fire. If nothing is smoking or on fire but your detector continues to chirp, it is trying to tell you something.  Most commonly it is trying to convey to us that its batteries are low.  All smoke detectors have batteries even the wired in ones.  This is a safety feature put in the smoke detector in case a fire happens while the power is out.  Your first step to resolving this is to pull down the smoke detector and check to see if it has a visible battery compartment. If it does simply replace the batteries with a fresh ones and put it back where you found it.  If the detector does not have a visible battery compartment you may need to replace the entire smoke detector all together.  Remember smoke detectors are only supposed to last 10 years, after that they need to be replaced.


If your smoke detector continues beeping after the battery has been changed its probably do to these three possible reasons.


The first thing you should do is to double check that the new battery you put in, is new and works. If you have a battery tester you can use it to check the battery and if not simply put a new battery in the smoke detector.  If it continues to beep it is not the battery but might be the sensor. Smoke detector sensors are highly sensitive in order to be able to warn you when there is a fire. Unfortunately because of this things like dust and cobwebs can affect the sensor causing it to beep. If this is the case do NOT wipe it down. The sensors are very sensitive and wiping it down could ruin the sensor.  If you have an air pump use it to blow the dust and dirt off of the smoke detector (if you do not have one you can try blowing on it gently) and then dust around where it sits on your ceiling or wall. This should take care of the problem, but if it doesn't it sadly means you most likely need to replace that smoke detector.  Do not just take it down and leave it in a drawer somewhere.  Be sure to get a replacement for it.

Hope this solves any smoke detector issues you may be having and remember the Fire department recommends testing your smoke detectors at least once a month and replacing the batteries every 6 months.  This will ensure they are working correctly in the case of a fire.

If you are having trouble reaching your smoke detectors or don't want to risk climbing the ladder give Joe Filter a call (480) 813-9494.  You can also find more information on our website JoeFilter.com.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sriracha Glazed Jalapeno Grilled Shrimp

Spice up your summer grilling with our sriracha glazed jalapeno grilled shrimp recipe!


Looking for a new and fun BBQ recipe to try? Our sriracha glazed jalapeno grilled shrimp is a sure fire way to spice up your next backyard BBQ.  Not only is it delicious but it's a breeze to make too! Below is everything you need to know!


What you need.

  • A clean BBQ grill
  • Grill tongs and basting brush
  • 1/4 stick of butter (or margarine) 
  • 1 Tbs of minced garlic
  • 3-5 Tbs of Sriracha  (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Jumbo shrimp (uncooked, peeled & deveined) 
  • Thickly sliced jalapeno peppers (one slice per shrimp)



Grilling Directions - 

  1. Melt the butter in a microwavable bowl.  Add the sriracha, garlic and salt to the butter and mix well.
  2. Preheat the grill as you prepare the shrimp.
  3. Place a slice of jalapeno pepper into the slit down the back of each shrimp.  Use a toothpick or skewer to hold it in place if necessary.
  4. Lightly dip the shrimp in the glaze and place on the grill.  Turn them as needed.
  5. Once each side of the shrimp has begun to cook, brush the rest of the sriracha glaze over your shrimp. Try to cover both sides if possible.
  6. Grill until the shrimp's internal temperature is 120 degrees and flesh is pearly and opaque.
  7. Take the shrimp off the grill and let them cool for a few minutes.

Once they have had a chance to cool off, it's time to dig in and ENJOY! For extra zest squeeze a lime over the shrimp.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

8 Energy Saving Tips for Renters

Trying to save energy is a struggle that the majority of us face.  It can be even more of a struggle for those of us that do not own our own place.  When you are renting usually you have to work with whatever appliances and tools they give you.  This usually means older thermostats, incandescent light bulbs, and out dated washer and dryer models. Sometimes you get lucky and find a place with newer models, but for times you don't there are a few other tricks and tips you can do to save energy.

Energy saving tips for renters-

  1. Turn out the lights.  -  This tip is fairly straightforward. Don't leave lights on in rooms if you are not in them. Just don't do it.
  2. Wash your clothes in cold water.  -  This is of course only if you have an in home washer. Washers waste more energy using hot water than just running the the motor.  Remember to check the clothes you are washing because some are not supposed to be washed in cold water.
  3. Use LED or CFL light bulbs.  -  Get rid of the old incandescent light bulbs and replace them with energy saving LED bulbs or at very least CFLs.  They will save you upwards of 75% more energy than incandescent bulbs.
  4. Adjust your thermostat.  -  If you do not have a smart or programmable thermostat be sure to adjust your thermostat when leaving for a while.  (Turn up the temperature in the summer and turn down the temperature in the winter.)
  5. Open your windows.  -  On cooler summer days turn off the A/C and open all your windows.  Not only will this save you energy but it will air out your home and let in some fresh air.
  6. Purchase blackout curtains.  -  Blackout curtains are an excellent buy for rooms that have windows directly facing the sun.  When the sun beats down through windows it can raise the temperature in the room.  Blackout curtains will block the sun's rays and heat from coming through, keeping the room nice and cool.
  7. Use surge protector power strips.  -  
    Not only will this help protect your devices from electrical surges, but it also allows you to turn off the power to all your devices/appliances at once. Some devices like TVs never fully turn off unless they're unplugged.  Instead they are put in standby mode so that they can react quickly when you use the remote control.  These are known as "energy vampires" because they continue to suck up energy even after you turn them "off".
  8. Air dry your laundry.  -  Your clothes dryer takes a lot of energy to run.  If you have the room try setting your clothes out to dry on a rack or clothes line.  If you do this outside your closes should gain a nice fresh air smell.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

#MyDirtyBBQ




















Your favorite healthy home service company is giving away a free iGrill mini Bluetooth meat thermometer!

Entering for a chance to win is easy!

  1. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter (or all of em) and post a picture your BBQ grill at its dirtiest! 
  2. Add the hashtag #MyDirtyBBQ
  3. Lastly, be sure to tag or mention Joe Filter in your post.
It's as simple as that!

The winner will be randomly selected on 06/27/2016

Official Rules:
Open to residents of the continental United States ages 18 and up. Must be following Joe Filter on wherever entries are shared (Facebook, Google+, or Twitter). Must "tag" or "mention" Joe Filter in the entry for it to be valid. Pictures must be original content owned by the entrant. Winner will be contacted through direct message via the social site the entry was submitted on 06/27/2016. Winner must claim prize within 48 hours or another random winner will be selected.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Why is Soft Water Important for a Healthy Home?

Soft water is important for your health, and the health of your home. 


Hard water has been linked to damaging effects on your hair and skin but it also leaves scale build up (mostly calcium) in your homes plumbing.  This can result in reducing the longevity of appliances like your dishwasher, and water heater.  It can also have damaging effects on your pipes, causing leaks and other problems.  If you have a water softener, simply topping off the salt once a month can reduce the likelihood of these problems happening.

How does a water softener work?


Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, typically calcium and magnesium that can cause scale build up.  A water softener has a resin tank that contains 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. As hard water passes through the softener, the mineral ions are attracted to the resin beads. Then the sodium ions are then exchanged for the hard water ions creating soft water.

Soft Water Benefits-

  • Healthier skin.
  • Healthier hair.
  • Reduces scale buildup on shower heads and faucets.
  • Reduced scale build up in pipes.
  • Silverware and glassware get cleaner and shinier
  • The lifespans for all water using appliances (ie. coffee makers, dishwashers, etc.) increases.
  • A water softener will also reduce the yearly energy cost of your water heater by 22%-29%.

Do you want soft water but don't want to worry about remembering to go to the store and/or lifting those heavy salt bags?  Give Joe Filter a call (480) 813-9494 and ask about our water softener salt top off service!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How To Install Your Home's Air Filters.

When's the last time you changed your air filters?


Many people do not realize air filters are recommended to be replaced once a month.  This needs to be done to  help your ductwork stay clean, save you energy and to keep your system running correctly. To get started there are a few things you need to figure out.  The most important of which are how many air filters you have, where they are located, and what sizes they are.

After determining the quantity, locations, and the sizes, you will need to figure out what rating and type of air filter you need.  Air filters have a few different rating systems but the most common is MERV. We at Joe Filter recommend never going less then a MERV 8 if you want your filter to catch the pollutants in the air that you need it too.  If you suffer from respiratory issues or other health issues (ie. allergies, poor immune system, etc) you may want to look into higher MERV ratings, as well as antimicrobial air filters.

To change your air filters follow these steps-

  1. Remove the vent cover. - The vent covers can either be screwed in or latched in.  Be sure you know which you have.
  2. Look at how the air filter goes into the unit. -  Most air filters are designed to filter air from one direction, so as they collect dirt, they will not collapse or fall apart. Some air filters will have arrows on them showing you the direction it is supposed to face.
  3. Remove and throw away the old filter. - The old filter is filled with all sorts of disgusting pollutants and needs to be disposed of immediately. This will help stop the dust and dirt from getting back into the air.
  4. Vacuum off the vent cover. - Just like the air filter itself the vent cover can get clogged with dirt. It is a good rule of thumb to clean it off with a hand held vacuum once you replace your air filters.
  5. Insert the new air filter. - Make sure it is facing the correct way as stated before.
  6. Put the vent cover back into place. - Secure it by clipping or screwing it back into place.


If you need help installing your homes air filters or just do not have time to do it yourself give Joe Filter a call at (480) 813-9494, we would love to help you out!  You can also purchase all the air filters you need from our online store at joefilter.com/store.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Taco Recipe!

Enjoy this day with a delicious grill recipe for Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos!  It's easy to make and all you will need are the following ingredients and a little time.

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • a 1/2 cup tequila
  • a 1/2 cup orange juice
  • a 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of serrano pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • about 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 boneless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of pepper jack cheese (this can be substituted for your own favorite cheese)
  • sour cream
  • 1 large diced heirloom tomato
  • 1 large diced red onion 
  • 1 bag of flour tortillas 

Preparation-

To start mix together the lime juice, tequila, orange juice, cilantro, serrano pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper in a large tupperware container. Add and cover the chicken breasts with the marinade mixture.  Put the lid on the tupperware, and let it chill for about an hour in the fridge.  You can use this time to change your air filters... or enjoy a tasty beverage of your choosing!

Preheat your grill to medium heat.  Rub a halved onion along the grates to create a non stick surface for grilling on. Place chicken on the grill, and grill the chicken for about 18 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked.  Be sure to turn the chicken occasionally. About 10 minutes in drizzle the remaining marinade on top of the chicken and then continue to grill until fully cooked.

Take the chicken off the grill and let it sit for about 5 to 8 minutes.  Take each chicken breast, cut them into pieces, and transfer them to a bowl.  Around the same time, layout your tortillas on the grill (your grill should be off now), and close the lid closed to warm up your tortillas. 

Now it is time to make your tacos! 

Fill your tortilla with a combination of chicken, onion, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese.  Add some lime juice or hot sauce for a little extra kick.  Then sit back and enjoy your creation!  

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LED Bulbs Save You Time, Energy and MONEY?!

What light bulbs are today's most energy efficient and rapidly developing lighting technology on the market.  The answer is LED bulbs! These bulbs are saving people time and money all over the world.  Like most energy saving items their initial investment is higher than their less efficient counterparts. However, LED bulbs make up for this by paying for themselves within a year, with the money you save on your energy bills.

According to energy.gov LED bulbs use more than 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs.  This is because LED bulbs emit very little heat whereas their counterparts release 80 to 90 percent of their energy as heat.  Being so energy efficient allows LED bulbs to have a lifespan of around 25,000 hours. That roughly adds up to a lifespan of three years running 24/7, which is about 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. Which allows you to save time and money on replacing burnt out bulbs.

Another great aspect of LED bulbs are that they come in every shape and size imaginable.  From standard bulbs to flood lights, rope lights, headlights, night lights, even holiday decorations and more!  They can save you money and energy no matter the time of year or project your working on. LED lights also contain no mercury and have the smallest environmental impact compared to more traditional bulbs when thrown away.

So next time you get your energy bill or one of your lights burns out think about investing in LED lights instead.  Be warned though once you switch you might start to notice an abundance of money growing in your bank account...

Have lights you can't reach to replace with LED bulbs or do you just not want to risk getting on a ladder? Give Joe Filter a call and we will take care of it! (480) 813-9494

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Tips and Tricks for the Spring BBQ Season!

Spring is almost upon us, which means its time to get ready for the BBQ season! The first step in doing this will be to go outside and check out your BBQ grill to make sure it is still working.  If it is a propane grill make sure your tank is full and connected properly.  The next big thing you will want to do will be to thoroughly clean your grill focusing on the health and safety related areas such as where you cook your food and all the way down to the pan where potential grease fires can begin. Over the winter your grill can play home to all sorts of little critters so do be careful when opening and cleaning.  Once your grill is nice and clean you are all set to begin your BBQ!

Here are a couple tips and tricks for a successful spring BBQ!


Tips for any grill-

  1. Always preheat your grill before you begin cooking.
  2. Halve an onion and rub the sliced side along the preheated grates.  This will keep your food from sticking to the grill grates.
  3. Always be sure to thaw your meat out before placing on your grill.
  4. This should go without saying but wash your hands immediately after handling raw meat.
  5. Never cut or stab into your meat. It will cause the meat to lose its flavorful juices.
  6. Portobello mushroom caps can be used as a healthy alternative to hamburger patties. That is if your into that sort of thing ;).
  7. Simply wrapping your hot dogs in bacon can turn a good BBQ into a great one!
  8. You can use a muffin pan to store all your condiments and add on's (ketchup, mustard, diced onions, etc.) at your BBQ.  This way your table is not cluttered with different bowls and dishes.
  9.  Always always always clean off your grill once you are done using it. This will help protect your grill and keep you from more work in the future.

Charcoal Grill Tips-

  1. To quickly start your charcoal grill pile all your kindling and coals into one area of the grill. Have the kindling on the inside and the charcoal covering it but with holes for the kindling to breath.  Once the coals are fully lit spread them evenly around the grill.
  2. Go easy on the lighter fluid. Your food will absorb a lot of the flavor of what it is being cooked over and lighter fluid is not very tasty or healthy.
  3. Using additive free charcoal will give you a cleaner burn and put less chemicals into your air and food.



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