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Filters of our lives

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Filters are part of all of our lives; figuratively and literally for most. Within us the intangible and subconscious kind affect how we perceive and interact with the surrounding world. The physical and intentional kind that we create attempt to protect us in actuality from what we often cannot see.

As the new year approaches goal setting follows in typical fashion. Accolades to those who attempt to examine and address the figurative filters that may be hindrances in their lives.

As well, however, tangible filters need attention. You may surprised at how many there are in a home or apartment and even in your car. Following are some of the most commonly used kinds to filter air and water for human consumption:

  • On-tap and in pitcher (e.g. Brita and Pur)
  • Under sink water filters
  • Refrigerator's integrated water dispenser and/or ice-maker filter
  • Range hood/stove exhaust
  • Central A/C and heat combination systems
  • Standalone heating systems
  • Vacuum filter(s)
  • Window A/C units
  • Air purifiers
  • Water bottle filters
  • Car’s cabin air filter (many, if not most, late model cars have cabin air filters that need to be replaced; these are different from engine air filters; more information in this article)

Competitive prices for many of these replacement filters can be found online. More basic kinds, such as some found in window A/C units as well as those that may be placed in front of more substantial air filters, need only be hand washed and left to dry. This is usually a relatively simple task. Keeping track of various change and cleaning schedules can be as easy as setting up a dedicated note log on your smartphone or setting up recurring calendar events/reminders.

Here's to a new year of clean air and water … and to what may come from addressing the other filters of your life!

Copyright © 2013 David J. Martel. Subscribe above to receive an email when David publishes on Examiner.com. Follow @DavidJMartel on Twitter.

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