Why We Need Filters
Water is naturally contaminated and acquires more contamination through normal human activity. Bottled water companies promise to have ‘pure, pristine’ water that is safer than tap water, there is a much better option for making sure your family is drinking the best water. That option is a water filter that can rid the water of any contaminants found. Once you know the contaminants, you can properly treat the water so it will be safe to drink and use. Once you know that information, you can start looking for water filters. Here are a few facts to know when you start looking for water filters.
Types of Filters
The first thing to think about when choosing a water filter is what you want to filter out. Some filters are made to filter taste, odor, and sediment. Others are made to filter out iron and manganese or chlorine and chloramines. There are other filters that soften the water. So depending on what you’re looking for you have tons of options. Some types of filters are
- Sediment filtration– this is the most common and basic water filtration system. It removes sediments like rust, sand, dust, silt, and heavy metals
- Reverse Osmosis Filtration– This technology uses a semipermeable membrane to separate inorganic contaminants from the water and produces some of the cleanest drinking water.
- Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration– This filter helps to remove the taste of chlorine and odor. It is suitable for high-flow and low-intensity filtration.
Budgeting for a Filter
Depending on the type of filter you choose, it could range from $30-$180. The replacement filters can be what costs you a fortune. That’s something to look for when you start looking. The filter itself might be cheap, but in the long run, it will cost much more. It is almost always better to pay more for the system right off the bat as long as you plan for the cost of the replacements. Replacement filters for your system could cost you a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.
How much water is going to be filtered through this system is another thing to think about. A small pitcher filter could work if it is just you living under your room, but if you have a whole family it probably isn’t very logical. You need to factor in how much water will be consumed and don’t forget the water you cook with. If it is in a location where it will be used constantly, then the filter in it should be changed every 3-6 months.
When you get a water filtration system it is good to know how often it needs to be changed. Most manufacturers will include that in the information that comes with the system. Water filters can only filter so much water before they become clogged. Some systems come with a light that will tell you when it needs to be changed. Either way, it is important that you regularly change the filter in order to keep your water as healthy and clean as possible.
Filters are based on how freely the water flows through the filter, so that is another thing to think about when getting a water filtration system. Keep in mind, water will run a bit slower when you get a filtration system because it needs time to run through the cartridge. Once you have considered all these things you should be able to find the perfect water filtration system for you and your home.