Choosing the Right Whole House Water Filtration System
It’s easy to forget about problems we don’t see daily. “Out of sight, out of mind.” Issues with your well or with the pipelines that deliver water your home may be out of sight, but sediment, rust, and many other contaminants can easily leak into your well and into your home. Even if you don’t have a well, old pipes within the home can contaminate water as well. But there is a solution.
Whole-House Water Filtration System
Water filtration has made huge strides in recent years. A whole-house water filtration system can improve the taste and quality of your water by removing harmful toxins and contaminants that find their way into your home.
The majority of whole-house water filtration systems are designed to filter sediments up to 0.35 microns in size. For a better understanding, a human hair is approximately 75 microns in width. Your specific needs will likely depend on the geography of your home as well as your natural water quality and your geography relative to the nearest water filtration plant.
Reverse Osmosis vs Whole-Home Filtration
Reverse osmosis filtration systems are incredibly useful, but the time it takes these systems to purify water significantly diminishes overall energy. The average person generally uses approximately 100 gallons of water per day. Because whole-house filtration systems filter all this water, energy is a top priority.
Efficiency does not, however, trump health. The combination of a water softener and a whole-house filtration system will provide the efficiency of whole-house filtration and the purifying power of a system similar to reverse osmosis.
Installation and Filter Life Installation of these systems can be complicated and significantly more labor-intensive than that of smaller filtration devices. Changing out the filter itself can also be quite tricky, especially if you have no experience with that specific type of system or screen.
For these reasons, the filter life of the system should be a top priority. If economically feasible, it’s a good idea to pay a bit more up-front in exchange for a system that allows at least six months between filter replacement.