Water is seen as essential for good health, but the fact is that the water running from our tap can be full of some nasty compounds. Heavy metals and minerals can get into our water supply, in addition to some biological contaminants. There are so many things in our world that we have to protect ourselves against that installing a water filtration system is a really smart investment.

This post is going to look at some of the factors that you need to take into account.

Know the Contaminants

The most important piece of information when choosing a water filtration system is to know exactly what it is that you’re trying to remove. There are several ways that you can find this out.

Municipal Water Tests can be found by searching the online database that is kept up to date by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In fact, it’s scary when you see that water tested between 2004 and 2009 was contaminated with chemicals that were unregulated and illegal.  Even though the problem has improved through the past decade, it’s still quite concerning.

You can also test your water supply by giving us a call. We highly recommend that you do this at least once a year so that you are not completely dependent on other reports. This test will tell you if your water contains any harmful minerals or bacteria.

Different Types of Filters

Once you understand what is in your water, you can consider the type of filter that is best for your home. In some cases, it might be a good idea to use more than one.

Water Pitcher Filter

Pitcher filters are a good addition to your home. However, most people rely solely on them when they typically only remove a few contaminants. In short, pitchers are good for improving the taste of your water but not the greatest at removing chemicals and/or bacteria. The filters that are built into some refrigerators are the same.

Faucet-Mounted Filters

This is a step up from pitcher filters since it removes a bit more contaminants. You will need to read the fine print on the filter before buying it to make sure it removes the right contaminants. This is an okay choice if you are using a public water supply that tests negative for bacteria.

Whole Home Water Filtration System

This is one of the two best choices for filtering your home water supply. While initially more expensive, the long-term costs can be even less than a pitcher filter. This system will remove almost all nasty minerals and bacteria from your water. In fact, it’s so good that it can be used to purify water during an emergency. In such a case, its possible that the public water supply might be contaminated.

Under-the-Sink Filter

This is also a good option and this system is also more affordable in the long-term. Keep in mind that it may cost more initially. It will remove all contaminants from your water and can also be used during an emergency situation. For the best results, you can use this system in conjunction with a faucet filter.