Tap, Bottled, Or Filtered?
Unless you live in a city that has very high standards for their municipal water supply, you may have noticed some peculiarities about the water in your home. Most often, an odd odor or taste are the most noticeable traits of poorly filtered water. You may also have noticed a chalky looking substance that forms around the openings of faucets and shower heads within the home. If the water in your home exhibits any of these traits, you may benefit greatly from a home water filtration system.
Despite that face that some filtration systems can be expensive, many homes are only in need of one type of filtering. The simplest type of filter for home water is a sediment filter. These generally cheap filters are used as a type of pretreatment to ensure that any debris or particles are removed from the water. This can help prevent clogging of your home plumbing as well as improve your water to make additional water filtration methods much more effective and long-lived.
A carbon filter is an excellent additional filter to add to a home’s water filtration system. These special filters absorb much smaller organic molecules that may have made their way past the initial sediment filter. If you notice an odd taste or smell in your water, a carbon filter will greatly reduce chemicals like chlorine to produce a better tasting drinking water.
If your water is already of fairly high quality, adding a ceramic filter can help to reduce bacteria and other microorganisms in the water. These filters have an exceptionally long life and can help to prevent sickness or allergic reactions from the use of untreated water.
Understanding the Type Of Filtration Your Home Needs
There are also more advanced water filtration systems available to filter entire homes at multiple levels. These water filtration systems will likely feature each of the methods listed above as well as a system like a reverse osmosis filter or UV filtration. However, as more types of filtration are added, the cost of the entire system will increase.
At this point, if you’re considering having a whole home water filtration system installed, it is a great idea to have your water professionally tested. The results of the test will tell you the contaminants that exist within your water and can provide an excellent basis with which you may decide what type of filtration system you need.
Making the Decision
If there are few contaminants within your water like chlorine or other chemicals, you may choose a filtration type that is made specifically for your contaminant. This will provide your home with cleaner water that is safer to drink and that will not leave deposits on faucets while saving you money on more expensive filtration types.
If you’d prefer to ensure that you have the cleanest water available to your home, installing an ion exchange filter that is paired with both UV filtration and a reverse osmosis filtration system will provide you with some of the cleanest water you could ask for. Although it is the most expensive option, it can help to remove any doubt about your water supply.
Only you can decide if a water filtration system is worth the cost for your home. However, having a clean and sanitary water supply can help to reduce sickness within a home and provide softer water to bathe with. You’ll also experience the cleanest and most crisp water your lips have ever tasted when any odor or chemicals affecting the taste are removed.
Rachel is a blogger for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis, a plumbing company in Brooklyn Center, MN that specializes in water filtration installation and repair. You can follow Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis @MPLSplumber.