Pharmaceuticals, treated sewage, disinfectants, agricultural runoff and industrial waste, and other chemicals. Municipal water systems compound these issues by treating water with chlorine and similar chemicals, which can break down into halo actic aids and trihalomethanes. If you are using well water, fertilizers, pesticides, and bacteria, as well as calcium and magnesium (the precursors of hard water) can leech into system.
You need water filtration in your Charlotte home. But which system is the best for your needs? Should you select a whole house filtration system or a drinking water filtration system? How to select the best whole house water filter system or drinking water system for your needs?
The Pros and Cons of Drinking Water Filtration Systems
Drinking water filtration systems are available in a wide array of options. These range from faucet-mounted filters to carafes and countertop models, under sink styles and reverse-osmosis filters. These systems are easy to install and will function for a long time with simple, consistent maintenance. They improve the taste of drinking water and remove many of the harmful contaminants that can affect your family.
While drinking water filtration systems are great for cleaning the water you drink, they don’t help with many other issues. Since they are simply in situ cleaners, they don’t protect the rest of your home’s water system. If you have hard water, you’ll still get buildup within your pipes and appliances, and you’ll need to clean the stains and scale from your shower. Also, your family will still come in contact with chemicals and contaminants that are not destroyed by heat, through your dishwasher, shower, and sinks that are not individually filtered.
In general, drinking water filtration systems are less expensive than whole house filtration systems. If all you need is cleaner, better tasting water that has been filtered of chemicals, they are an excellent choice. If you have more significant water problems, you should investigate a whole house filtration system.
What is a Whole Home Water Filtration System?
Whole house water filtration systems are referred to a “point-of-entry systems” as they purify water as it comes into your house. They remove chemicals, contaminants and other issues before they can get into your pipes. All water that is used in your home, whether for drinking, cooking, showering or cleaning, is free of toxins, bacteria, and hard water inducing chemicals. Every faucet in your home, including outside spigots used to water gardens, produce clean and clear water.
Aside from filtering your water, these systems are investments. They are desirable upgrades which improve the value of your home should you put it on the market.
How to Select the Best Whole Home Water Filter System?
Home water filtration systems clean the water entering your home using a variety of technologies. Some systems are designed to handle simple, specific problems while others provide comprehensive duty. Generally, the greater the filtration need, the higher the overall system cost.
• Sediment Filters are economical systems that remove nonchemical particulates from water. They are easy to install and of great value if your water is sandy or silty. They do not remove chemicals or contaminants from water, and do not improve the taste of water or remove odors.
• Activated Carbon Filter Systems use a single filtration media to remove contaminants from water. Water is passed through layers of carbon pellets or fiber, which draws out chlorine and related chemicals. While these filtration systems improve the taste of water and remove odors, they do not alleviate problems such as hard water.
• Water Softeners and Conditioning Systems use dissolved salt to break down, calcium, magnesium and iron, to prevent hard water from developing within your water system. They protect your pipes, faucets, and appliances from damaging. Such a system will improve the life of your pipes and appliances by years and prevent unsightly rust stains and buildup in your sinks and showers.For the most part, these systems do not treat chemicals and contaminants as they make their way into the home. They do require timely maintenance and the home owner will need to add salt to the system to keep it performing optimally.
• Reverse Osmosis Filtration Systems are multi-stage filters that remove a wide spectrum of chemicals and contaminants from water. Water entering the system is passed through a reverse osmosis membrane, as well as, other purification processes including ultraviolet light, carbon filters, sedimentation filters and deionization.These systems are fantastic at purifying water of chemicals, contaminants, odors and bad flavors, but remove desired minerals during the process. These systems are large and require adequate space for installation. They are also very expensive to purchase and use a lot of water in the process, which can drive up water fees.
• Mixed Media Filtration Systems clean water by passing it through a single tank which includes a variety of purifying media. They are effective in removing chemicals, contaminants, hard water precursors and improve the taste and smell of drinking water. Mixed media filtration systems are among the most expensive water treatment systems. But such a purchase must be looked on as an investment. They are long lived systems which can clean hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. Most importantly, they are nearly maintenance-free devices, which require no additional fees or addition of materials.
So, which is the best whole house water filter system for you? It really depends on your needs and your budget. Have the water in your home tested to determine which, if any, problems you are dealing with. Do not rely on municipal water testing information as this only covers sampled water in a reservoir. It does not generally include the particulates and contaminants that water picks up as it flows through pipes into and through your home. Contact your local water expert, Quality Water of the Carolinas, to get a quote and learn more about your water filtration options at home.