There isn’t much that’s more important than the water filtration system of your home. Shouldn’t you make the most-informed investment possible?
Water, water, everywhere… do you know where your water supply comes from? And just as important: Do you have a home water filtration system? Do you need one?
Some homes are supplied by well water, which means there’s a well on the property that feeds into the home water system. (Thankfully, you don’t have to pull up water from a bucket, as in “the olden days.”) Other homes are supplied by city water, and others still receive their water directly from nearby water sources, such as lakes.
Whichever water source you have, it’s a smart investment in your health and wellness to install a residential water filtration system. But there are so many options! Which is best? Do you really need all of the bells and whistles? In this article, we’ll discuss the common types of filtration systems, and identify the “must haves” for long-lasting units.
Common Types Of Home Water Filtration Systems
There are seemingly countless varieties of water filtering systems on the market; how do you know which is best? Here’s a brief overview of the types you’ll likely encounter when shopping for your own. There are many more, including hybrid models and variations on the types listed. If you want to learn more, contact the team at Blanton’s to schedule a consultation.
At their most basic, these units trap physical particles, such as dust and silt. They don’t filter out microscopic contaminants, like chemicals, and are commonly used in combination with another filter.
Ultraviolet Water Filters
These high-tech filters remove harmful bacteria from the water using powerful UV light — no chemicals are involved.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filters
Highly scientific, these units use a semi-permeable membrane to trap harmful contaminants. They do run slower, on average, than other systems.
Chlorine Water Filters
If your water supply comes from your city or municipality, it has likely been treated with chlorine. This is helpful to remove any contaminants, but it’s not something you want to drink, or bathe in. Many homeowners find the smell of chlorinated water off-putting, too. Chlorine water filters remove the chlorine, while keeping the water safe and potable.
Carbon Water Filters
Charcoal or activated carbon removes chlorine from the water in these filters.
Heavy Metal Water Filters
These water filters are great for homes with old pipes, as the filters remove heavy metal sediment (rust) from the water.
Faucet Mounted Filters
Easy enough to understand, these filters are attached directly to the tap, and filter water as it is distributed through the faucet.
Whole House Water Filters
These are increasingly common, because they treat the water as it enters your home (the point of entry, or POE), rather than at the point of distribution. This means that wherever you need water, such as the kitchen and bathroom sink, it has been filtered and is safe for your consumption and use.
It is important to note that whole house water filters come in a variety of different options, based on the categories listed above. There are chlorine whole house filters, ultraviolet whole house filters, and so on.
What Are The Must-Haves In Your Home Water Filtration System?
With so many options available, there is a wide variety of quality when it comes to filtration systems.
- Filtration for Taste, Smell, AND Safety. It’s key that the water you drink and use at home is safe. But you’ll also want it to taste great, without any odor. Sometimes homes on well water experience a sulphurous or “rotten egg” scent — while this is typically harmless, it can be unpleasant. Be sure that your water filtration works hard and does every part of the job.
- Small Pore Size In The Filters. Small pore size means fewer particles are let through the filter, which results in safer, tastier drinking water.
- NSF Label. NSF is an independent company that promotes human health and wellness through safety standards. It’s a mark of quality for your water filtration system to pass NSF’s standards.
- Efficiency of Use. Although there are so many types of water filtration systems, a whole house system is worth the investment. It’s an “out of sight and out of mind” installation, that works hard to keep you safe, without frequent maintenance or work required of you.
- A Warranty. This is key! When installed by a professional, your water filtration system should not have to be replaced frequently. Talk to your local plumber about what warranty options are available, and what’s covered.
More than ever, maintaining good health is paramount. With so many potential pathogens and health hazards, your drinking water should not be one of them. Be sure that your home water filtration system is up for the task of keeping you and your family well (and hydrated!).
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