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!

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.


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


  • 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)


  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!

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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.

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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!


  • 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.


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


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


  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 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 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.

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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


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.

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