Having a water filtration system in your home can significantly change the quality of your life.
Tap water is something we use several times a day and if it’s not purified, we can be at risk of taking in chemicals that can build up in our bodies and affect our health. Even if the water quality is very good, it’s never really perfect, so filtration system is there to ensure the best standard possible.
If you’re planning to install such a system, you need to bear in mind that not every system is good for everyone. Different homes have different requirements and priorities. Therefore, it’s important to do research and find out what suits your house and needs best, whether it’s just pitchers or the whole house systems.
Here are five things to consider when installing a home water filtration system:
What’s in your water?
Before deciding on the type of filtration system for your home, try to find out what it is that you want to remove from the water you consume. The water quality information is usually available for the public but you can also request it from your local water utility company by simply asking for the annual report. Another option is to test the water yourself at home using a test kit (most home improvement stores have them) or pay for it at the local lab. When you have the information about the water content and quality, you can take the next step.
Type of filter you need
Pitchers and under-sink filtration systems have activated carbon filters that can eliminate heavy metals (lead, mercury, copper), chlorine, parasites, and pesticides. Other contaminants, such as perchlorates (used in dry-cleaning), can only be removed by reverse osmosis. This is how the system commonly works:
Pitchers and under-sink filtration system use carbon filters which let water through a positively charged and highly absorbent filter which traps all the impurities.
What the reverse osmosis system does is it pulls natural flow of water back through a semipermeable membrane that cleans it, but it also wastes a significant amount of water.
Filtration systems are be divided into point-of-entry and point-of-use systems. The former is used for the whole house and it filters water before it enters the house, while the latter filter water before you use it and they are usually pitchers and under-sink systems. Pitchers would be the cheapest and the quickest solution while the under-sink one is more expensive but also more efficient as it uses added pressure to push water through a reverse osmosis filter.
The whole house systems are an excellent option to eliminate mineral buildup and unpleasant smell while improving the taste of water. It best works when combined with additional filters, such as shower head filters for removing chlorine, which are great for people with sensitive skin.
Research and safety
To be sure about the system you intend to install, you should search for water filters online and you will probably find more affordable prices, discounts and a larger range of products. However, make sure that they all meet NSF standards – that mark means that the system has passed the necessary requirements.
There’s a detailed chart by NSF International, an independent, accredited organisation that assists in setting standards for water safety and also performs tests and issues certificates for various water systems. By consulting it, you’ll get the information you need about which filter suits you best.
For every system, old or new, to function properly, maintenance is the key. You need to check regularly for possible regulation changes and updates, change filters periodically, keep everything clean and simply follow manufacturer’s guidelines and maintenance instructions for best results.
When choosing the best water filtration system for your home, it all boils down to this – keep it simple and play it safe. Make sure you first find out what’s in your water and then pick a certified system to purify it and improve the quality of your family’s life.