Tips on Buying Water Filter for Your Home
Having fresh, pure water today has become a real blessing. This fluid is becoming a valuable resource, as its availability decreases. Consider yourself lucky if you can supply your home with unpolluted and clean liquid gold.
These days, you can find fresh, crystal clear water only in rural, mountain areas. In big cities, this is only possible if you have a sound filtration system. You can use tap H2O, but be aware that it contains a variety of chemicals, residues, and contaminants. These can be a cause of many health problems.
On the link below, you can see more about the diseases that polluted water can cause:
Investing in a filtration system is an investment in health. The choice of these systems is extensive. You can pick among devices for all purposes, either commercial or household. The choice depends on many factors, but before choosing a ‘weapon,’ you should ‘meet’ your enemy. In other words, you have to detect the contaminants in the water.
Detect the Contaminants
Almost all types of pollutants found in the ground or air can get into the H2O. Plus, there are various types of liquid waste, outflows from industrial plants, organic waste, and so on. The presence of heavy metals is also frequent in the city supply system. This information is essential to determine what kind of filtration treatment you need.
If you use water from the city supply, make sure you find the annual reports and analyzes that this institution is required to conduct. If you’re on a private well, you need to do analysis on your own. Certified laboratories do these examinations, and they detect many types of pollutants. You can also carry out this analysis if you are using city water.
Also, regardless of the supply type, you can always do the home test yourself. These kits can detect many sorts of contaminants, bacteria, heavy metals, and the pH of the water you use. You should perform these tests several times a year for your own safety, even after you have purchased a filter.
Choose Water Treatment
Once you know what kind of bad things are in your water, you need to make two choices. The first is which filter treatment you will use. And another critical decision is whether to purify the H2O only for drinking, or for the needs of the entire household (for shower, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.).
With the advancement of technology, filtration systems are also being upgraded. Still, most devices on the market use conventional carbon filtration media. Carbon resin, ceramic filters, and reverse osmosis membranes are also available. Which one you opt for depends on the pollutants. Not every water filter system is suitable for cleaning different types of dirt.
For example, carbon filters will clean most of the bigger particles. But smaller contaminants will pass through the system. On the other hand, ceramic filtration media remove pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms. But these are costlier and complicated to maintain.
H2O for Drink or Entire Household
As for the other decision, it will most affect your budget for buying a filtration system. Also, you have to think about how many people will use purified water. The price differences between, for example, the pitcher filter and the whole house system are significant.
Filters for Small Amounts
If you only need water for drinks, a pitcher filter and sink filters are the right solutions. They are suitable for small amounts of water. Also, these are convenient if you live in a rented place. The recommendation is to buy models of reputable brands, as they have excellent performances.
There are also special free-standing filters that you can put on or under the countertop. These are cheaper options, but only at first. Later, you have to change filtration media frequently. Consider whether this pays off. The maintenance costs for these models are quite high compared to some more expensive solutions.
Filters with Extra Tap
Some of these more expensive and better-quality solutions are a reverse osmosis filter and ‘under the counter’ filter. These systems hook onto the cold water line. The clean H2O can come out on the sink or through the specialized small tap.
These purification models also have tanks for storing purified liquid, which means they need more space. Also, the installation of these systems is a bit specific. You can do it yourself if you’re handy with a tool. Or call a plumber.
If you need clean water throughout your household, the Point of Entry purification system will save you the trouble. That is a whole-house system placed on the incoming supply line. The initial investment is more expensive than all the solutions mentioned above.
As for the maintenance, in case there are no breakdowns, you’ll have only regular annual service. But, the problem with these systems may be poor filtration efficiency. Often, you have to install an additional filtering method to get drinking water.
Watch of Scams and Low Prices
Purifiers with low prices are the most common type of fraud. Unreal prices are the most common way you can spot a scam. Something that initially costs a few hundred dollars can’t be sold for 10 or 20 times less than the price, even when it’s on sale for Black Friday.
Fake filters are often sold with the same labels as the original ones. Often fraudsters commit illegal acts when they forge certificates and licenses for use. See here how to spot a counterfeit. Instead of a carbon filtration media, they use elements that are inefficient in the process of purification. These can often be dangerous to health. Some fake purifiers are highly toxic.
Except for health reasons, the use of purified tap water in your home will bring significant savings. Bottled H2O may be safe to drink, but it will cost you a lot more. Plus, plastic packaging is a threat to the environment. Using filtered tap water is environmentally friendly and worth every penny.
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