FiltreteHealthyHomeClubBadgeLiving in Florida requires that we run our air conditioner 11 months out of the year. Well, okay I admit I run my air 12 months out of the year and open my windows a few days scattered across the winter months. In the wintertime we still have a high humidity, so even if it is cooler outside, it is still sticky. EPA says that indoor levels of many pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels, and they have identified indoor air pollution as one of the top five urgent environmental risks to public health. When I run the air, it allows for a more comfortable environment for the entire family. This means I need a good filter! However, my home has an odd sized air conditioning filter. The homes in my development all have the same unit, so you would think that the stores around where I live would carry the size we all needed.

We used to cut the filters to fit in the space we had, but that just ruins the filter and becomes a pain. So, I turned to the internet to research. I have always like the 3M brand and knew they had a filter I wanted. Their filters capture not only the dust and allergens, but also catch bacteria and viruses as well. Any mom who has just put their child in VPK knows you need all the help you can get battling the preschool cough. I searched on their website FindMyFiltreteFilter.com, and found that a local hardware store carried exactly what I needed and was closer to my house than where I was looking. Now I have a new hardware store I never knew about and a proper fitting filter. By the way, I live in the country so the stores around my house are scarce. I also found out from the website that you can purchase Filrete filters at at Lowe’s, Target, Walmart, and Costco.

Filtrete Brand from 3M makes an entire line of air filters for your home’s heating and cooling system—there’s one for each family’s needs and lifestyle. So even if you do not run your air, but use your heat in the wintertime like most of the country, Filtrete will have a product for you. The Filtrete Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter, MPR 1900 is perfect for a family like mine. My husband suffers from seasonal allergies and the Filtrete Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter is ideal for allergen defense because it captures 93% of household dust, pollen, mold spores and dust mite debris (ew) from passing through the filter. (This is why it is my husbands job to change the filter!) It also captures four times as many particles like smoke, smog, pet dander than ordinary pleated filters. For $19.99, I can have a cleaner home and own a dog and a cat! That is important when you have two boys like this to look after.

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Did you know that by using a Filtrete Filters you can help maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems? Do you know why this is important? If your system gets clogged up or bogged down with dust, it stresses the system and requires more energy to keep working. It is hard on your cooling system and your wallet. Keeping your air clean is beneficial to your budget, health and the environment.

Filtrete Healthy Home Remodel Contest

To help homeowners address indoor air concerns, Filtrete Brand, known for its air and water filtration products, has partnered with Mike Holmes, renowned HGTV contractor, on the Filtrete Healthy Home Remodel Contest. One grand-­‐prize winner, selected by Mike Holmes, will receive $30,000 worth of home inspections, repairs and renovations by a Holmes Group approved contractor. Four first-­‐prize winners will be awarded $5,000 cash to put towards home repairs. To enter from January 31, 2013, through June 30, 2013 follow the directions below. I made it easy for you and provided the Like button!

  • Visit Facebook.com/Filtrete
  • You will be prompted to “like” Filtrete Brand to enter the contest
  • Explain in 1,000 words or less why your home is deserving of a healthier home remodel
  • Submit up to two photos supporting your essay
  • For more details, view the official rules.

Time for a new filter

Is it time for a new filter? Do you forget to change yours and they end up looking like this? Filtrete has an awesome service that would be very handy for those of us who do not always remember to mark when you need a new filter. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends changing the filter every three months .You can register to receive seasonal e-­‐newsletters featuring special offers, filter change reminders, better home living tips and more by visiting their website at Filtrete. You can also stay in touch with them on Facebook at Twitter @Filtrete.