Having a home filter comes with many perks and benefits. For one, you will not have to waste money on purchasing heavy cases of water bottles or water refills. Secondly, you will be able to partake in amazing-tasting water that is beneficial to your health as well.
If you are considering getting a water filtration system in your home, here are some things to consider.
What Is In Your Water
Before you decide on the kind of home water filtering system, you first need to determine what exactly is in your water that you do not want in your body. This is an easy step. All you need to do is get a copy of your local area’s annual water quality report. You can obtain this from your water utility company.
If you want to take it a step further, you can test your water yourself with an at-home water testing kit. You will find out if your water contains lead and any other harmful contaminants that may be lurking.
What Type Of Filter Is Needed?
There are many options to choose from. You can go with the activated carbon filters which are found in many water pitcher filters and under-sink models. These types of water filter systems remove metals like copper, mercury, lead, chlorine, pesticides, and a few VOCs. If you want to try and remove other types of contaminants, you could try a system that does reverse osmosis or distillation.
Carbon filters trap contaminants in the pores of their positively charged filter. This filter is also very porous, so it soaks up a lot of the contaminants as well. With reverse osmosis, it simply reverses the natural flow of water. This style of filtration does not have any water waste. Finally, distillation is the process of distillers heating water to its boiling point. Once it starts to produce steam, you collect the condensed steam. This leaves contaminants behind although some contaminants can be transformed into gas form, staying in the water even after distillation. For this reason, a lot of people combine distiller filtration with carbon filtration.
Where Do You Want The Filter To Live?
There are many places you could benefit from using filtered water. You could use it to shower as well as cook and drink. This is why some people choose to have a point-of-entry filtration system as this filters the water before it even enters your pipes and taps.
Another option is to go for point-of-use filters. These include taps and under sink systems as well as pour-through pitchers and the use of water bottles.
Do You Need An Upgrade
Maybe you already have a filtration system installed, but when was the last time you had it checked out to see if it was doing its job properly? Keep in mind that water regulations have changed over the years. What was acceptable when you first purchased your water filter may not be acceptable like this modern day and age.
It is recommended that you look up the model number on the manufacturer’s website and check it out for the most current information about your model.
We hope this blog post has been informative and helps you to make a decision on a home water filtering system. Have you installed a system into your home? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!