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 Homes 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. Insert the new air filter. - Make sure it is facing the correct way as stated before.
  5. 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.
  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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Friday, March 11, 2016

Replace Your Fridge Filter Already, its Been 6 Months!

When was the last time you changed your refrigerator filter?  If it has been over six months it has been too long!  Most refrigerators these days will have a water dispenser and an ice maker.  If your fridge has both or just one chances are it has a filter too.  The refrigerator filter allows your fridge to supply you with fresh ready to drink water, so you can say so long to tap and bottled water.  However, a refrigerator filter does not last forever.  The filter typically will only last for about six months.  This is because the refrigerator filter can only clean a certain number of gallons of water before wearing out. Since it would take a lot of work for the home owner to keep track of how many gallons of water they use, it is estimated out to be changed every six months.

Now you might be thinking, "what happens if I don't change it regularly?" Well there are a couple of things can happen if you wait too long to change your filter.

  1. One of the first things you would notice is the water pressure will slow down considerably. This is because the more solids and pollutants your filter captures, the harder it will be for water to pass through it.
  2. Another symptom of a worn out filter you might notice is cloudy water and ice, as well as a change in taste and smell.  As the filter becomes overly full it becomes less effective at filtering and can start leaking higher percentages of pollutants and dissolved solids back into your water supply. The dissolved solids will cause the water to have a cloudy appearance.  Where as different types of pollutants can cause the taste and smell to change.
The biggest reason to change your fridge filters every six months is for your own personal health and safety. Many of the pollutants your filter catches are perfectly fine to consume in small doses. However, when you wait too long to change your filter and it becomes overly full.  It can begin to leak all the pollutants its caught over the months into your water at much higher percentages. A few of the pollutants that could be leaked back into your water supply are Arsenic, Asbestos, Chlorine, Lead, and Pesticides.  Drinking high percentages of these pollutants can cause a variety of different health issues. That is why it is so important to change your Fridge filters regularly every six months.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How to Test Your Smoke Detectors

Faulty smoke and CO2 detectors are one of the leading causes for fire related deaths in America.  This is why it is so important to make sure that your homes smoke detectors are working properly. There are two things you can do to make sure your home's detectors are working. The first is to test your smoke detectors once a week. If they let out a high pitch beep they are working.  The second is to make sure you replace their batteries every six months. In states with day light savings time, many replace their smoke detector batteries when they set their clocks backwards and forwards.

Testing your smoke detectors once a week is very easy to do but is often overlooked by homeowners. However forgetting to do this can result in tragic consequences. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) "three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms". To prevent this the NFPA says to follow these smoke alarm tips.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • Test your smoke alarms once a week or at least every month.

How to Test Your Smoke Detector -

  1. Locate the smoke detectors in your home.
  2. Get yourself close enough to reach the smoke detector you wish to test. Use a ladder if you must.
  3. Find the test button.
  4. Hold down the test button until you hear a loud beep. If you hear a faint beep or no beep your smoke detector may need to be replaced.
  5. Move to the next smoke detector and repeat the process.


Following these tips can help you and those you care about survive in the event of a house fire.
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Healthy Seafood grilling!

Seafood both freshwater and saltwater are a great edition to any barbecue. Fish like salmon, swordfish and trout are low in fat and full of vitamins, iron and protein.  This makes them a healthy alternative to the traditional grill favorites like steak, hamburgers and brats. However, being healthy doesn't have to mean it won't taste as good or even better. Their are several delicious gourmet recipes out there when it comes to fish.  Below I will share two great fish grilling recipes, one for salmon and one for swordfish.  Both of these are two of the healthiest fish to eat.

Grilled Lemon Rosemary Salmon:

Ingredients-

4 6 oz salmon fillets with skin on
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 whole sprigs of rosemary (soaked in water for 30 min)
4 fresh lemon wedges
Fresh ground pepper
Wood grilling planks

Directions-

Mix together the garlic and lemon juice with the olive oil in a bowl. Gently brush a generous amount on to the salmon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired for extra taste. Lay the salmon onto your wood grilling planks.  Lay a few Rosemary sprigs around the salmon on the hot grill and sprinkle the rest on the salmon itself (see picture for reference). Cover the grill and cook salmon for between 10-15 minutes or until flaky. Remove the skin from the salmon and discard it and the rosemary. Garnish salmon with fresh lemon slices and serve.

Lemon Mint Swordfish Steak:

Ingredients-

4 6 oz swordfish steaks
1/2 a cup olive oil
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 minced garlic clove
Salt and pepper

Directions-

Combine the oil, mint, lemon juice, basil, and garlic in a medium bowl and mix together with salt and pepper. Brush the swordfish with 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Preheat the grill on med-heat. Put the sword fish on the grill and cook 3-5 minutes per side. Take the swordfish steaks off the grill and put them on a plate. Drizzle the rest of the olive oil mixture onto the steaks and serve.

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