Full House Water Filtration Systems
In many places throughout the country, whole house water filter systems are not a luxury but a necessity. Thousands of pollutants from industry find their way into available water supplies and it is harder and harder to keep them out of the drinking water distribution networks or wells.
It is also one of the reasons why more and more people are experiencing chlorine taste in the water, as municipalities are forced to use larger quantities of strong chemicals to get the waters sanitized to a safe level.
Does your water have a color, smell or taste? It is not pure and it needs to be treated before you consider consuming it, period. It is as easy and simple as that.
By installing a whole house water filter system unit, it will keep the water that arrives from the providing source clean and it will ensure safety by the time it comes out of your tap.
The alternative is allowing yourself and your family to absorb small quantities of potentially dangerous toxic particles and this is ultimately a serious health risk. It is not the small quantity that is dangerous, but the daily repeated absorption, which in the end adds up to create an unacceptable risk.
It is also a convenient alternative to the regular hauling of plastic bottles of drinking water from outside sources and it prevents hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles from ending up in landfills where they pollute yet again.
A little known fact about bottled water is that the FDA is less strict for the quality of bottled water than for the quality of tap water. The irony here is of course that some bottled water is sometimes found to contain more traces of harmful chemicals or even bacteria than tap water!
Whole House Water Filtrations SystemsTypically, these systems will cost from 3 to 6 thousand dollars, but as in all purchases one makes, it is best to know what to choose and why. Not all filters are alike and the end product results, that is, the quality of the water that comes out after the filtering, varies enormously from one unit to another.
These days, there are also less expensive whole house capable filter systems, but their performances will not always be in par with their more expensive counterparts. On the other hand, you might not need a more expensive unit if the source provides a relatively clean water supply to begin with.
When you truly start comparing is when the filter toxin removal profile will come in handy, as it is the measuring standard for the industry and it will allow you to compare quickly and efficiently between filters that perform to the standards you have set.
You have to brace yourself some here because it now becomes technical and unless you are used to this type of language, most terms will be requiring you to become a little bit more familiar with them.
For starters, one has to differentiate between water softeners or single tap filters such as the PUR from a full blown whole house filtering system. Even though many of the larger systems have a water softener function included, not all of them do.
When we go technical, you will start seeing terms such as "psi" or "GPM"- it stands for "gallons per minute" - or "reverse osmosis, active carbon, ultra violet" or "installation in series", which deal with several filtration methods to handle different types of pollutants contaminating the water such as floating sediments, chemicals and solids.
Rest assured, you do not have to major in physics or chemistry nor do you have to get a degree in engineering to be able to decide which type of device to invest in.
Some readers might have already have seen names such as Keystone, Berkey, Filtercon, Water Dove, Culligan, Pentek, GE, Everpure, DeltaPure, Maytag, Aquavon™, Raindance, Aquasana or brand names such as Kenmore Elite, The Pelican Carbon Series, The FXHTC GE Smart Water or Crystal Quest.
Here we are at such a specialized level that one has to be an insider, as there are hundreds upon hundreds of such references in this industry.
There is even a specialized magazine on the subject that goes by the title “International Filtration News” that is published by Eagle Publications and that is dedicated to serving news to professionals about the removal of impurities in air and liquids.
They have a 2012 Buyer’s Guide if you care to dig in deeper, but it is aimed at professionals, so if you are a consumer, it will only give you reference material that has significance to the people of the trade.
Further, there is Pollution Equipment News, which is free to obtain:
The easiest way is to find a trustworthy reference in the community of not too distant installers and to take your time or to delegate to a professional such as a trusted architect.
It will cost a little more because you pay for the expertise, but in the long run, this extra cost is well worth paying,as you will lower your overall running costs. Over the years, you will recuperate this investment many times over and once you have identified the right product, you will still be able to acquire it online.
Check out our other articles for more online resources.
Alternatively, you can download a Word document that sums up the 10 Benefits of Using a Whole House Water Filter or open the PDF document of the WQA, the Water Quality Association for a Quick Guide to Water Filtration by following the respective links.