Hardware Tip Of The Week: Filter Tip - Pleated or Not?

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 18 March 2015 04:00

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ISLAND TRUE VALUE TACKLE & HARDWARE
801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
Fax: (910) 458-0988
www.islandtacklehardware.com

With your furnace in constant use during the winter months, consider using high-efficiency pleated air filters that help your furnace pump cleaner air into your home. It’s the pleats that help you enjoy improved indoor air quality. You see, the pleated design increases the surface area from that of regular filters. This increased area enables the filter to capture more lint, dust, pollen, mold and mildew--up to 95% of them from the air. (Ordinary filters let as much as 8 times more airborne particles to sneak through them.) And because the pleats have more area it takes three times longer for the filter to become saturated with dust and dirt. So you only need to change them every 90 days instead of the recommended 30 days for standard filters (and how often do you really change them?). So make the change to pleats today!
Bonus Tips:
Grilling Secrets:
Think you know barbecue grilling? Got all the answers for tasty outdoor cooking? Maybe not!
Today you'll learn grilling secrets of the gurus and a few new tricks we'll bet you'll use.
First, do you keep a plant atomizer handy?
Maybe you do (filled with water to douse flare-ups), but grilling gurus fill it with apple juice instead! It makes a "sweet" smoke and gives meats a rich and appealing mahogany color.
Try it! Using one of those "pricey" basting brushes to apply barbecue sauce and other stuff?
Grilling pros use a good paint brush instead; it works better, lasts longer, and costs less. Then there's the cast iron skillet.
Think it's for cooking in? No way! Putting it on top of meats helps them cook faster and brown better (with nice "sear" marks to boot!)
Finally, always turn meats with tongs instead of stabbing them with a fork (which lets all the tasty juices run out.)
Of course, you knew all that, didn't you? Now go ahead and run out for some apple juice and an atomizer; we won't tell!
Cooking Smell: With all the cooking you’re doing this time of year, chances are pretty good that some of the odors may linger around the house. Here are a few simple ways to get rid of those annoying household smells.
• Place a pan of white vinegar on the stove and let it simmer for a while.
• Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.
• Odors from your garbage disposal can be eliminated by grinding up orange, grapefruit or lemon peels while running hot water.
• And don’t forget about the odor-absorbing magic of baking soda.
For nasty spills and odors inside your fridge or freezer, wash it out using a sponge or cloth and a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water.
And keep a box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer to soak up new odors. Baking soda also helps keep kitchen drains odor free.
About once a week, toss a handful of baking soda down the drain and let the warm water run.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.

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