When it comes to drinking water, we want to make sure that the water that comes out of our taps is clean and safe for our families. Having access to clean and safe water has untold health benefits, especially for our fitness. We get an array of minerals from clean water that help sustain us. Unfortunately, not all us live in a location where totally clean and safe water is pumped onto our homes. Some water can have imperfections in it, such as lead and bacteria, which can be problematic. So what can we do? Well, we’re here to help, here are 4 types of home water filtration systems that can give your family clean and safe water.
Under Sink Water Filter
The under sink water filter is one of those systems that you don’t notice, but will make a lot of difference to your day to day life. One of the best things about this system is that it gives you clean, safe water on demand. They aren’t as intrusive as other systems and can be installed relatively cost effectively. The thing about an under sink water filter system is that you need to consider what types of imperfections you are filtering out. As they are a more compact system, their capabilities are limited in terms of what they can reduce. Prior to installing have your water tested to see what the imperfections are.
If you are having led come through your pipes and into your home, the under sink water filter isn’t going to be enough. Whereas if you are getting water that has a high level of chalk, calcium and other deposits, then this system is ideal for you. Under sink filters are one of the easiest to use because they don’t require frequent movement/maintenance after installation.
A Faucet tap water filter is the option for you if you don’t have the space under your kitchen counter but want to make sure that your family have access to clean and safe drinking water. You can purchase a tap water filter online for around $100 or less. They are very easy to install and can most often be done by you in the same day. They are basically a bolt on bolt off system onto the end of your faucet. The water then passes through the filter and is then let out. They are very low maintenance, and the filters can be changed quickly and effectively.
These types of filter systems are ideal if you live in a hard water area and want softer water that still has the relevant minerals in as we previously mentioned in this article. They are also good for homes that suffer from bacteria in their water supply. It is worth checking your quality prior to purchasing, but these are a great addition to any home.
Countertop Water Filter
If you don’t like the idea of having to have a filter system physically plumbed into your home but want your family to have access to fresh clean water, then a countertop filter system is one of those systems that can help you increase your families water consumption. Not only will it reduce the cost of buying bottled water, it will also be far cheaper to install than a plumbed in system. Think of the countertop system as your way of reducing costs, whilst giving your family access to water that tastes like it has come straight out of a bottle.
These systems are ideal for people that want to make sure they are getting soft water in their diets and want to have access to chilled water at the same time. The beauty of these systems is that more often than not, they will also chill the water to make sure you get your cool refreshing glass. One drawback is that these aren’t for major contaminants, they are more geared towards hard water areas so they can take some of the minerals out for you.
Reverse Osmosis System
A reverse osmosis system installation is not a decision that is taken lightly. These systems are for those areas in the world that have water contaminated by an array of particles, such as high concentrations of lead and bacteria. Reverse osmosis systems are the best at purifying water, but due to the system it removes any and all impurities in it, even the good stuff such as minerals.
The way these systems work is by forcing the water through a membrane which then captures the particles that would have otherwise been in your water. They are a labour-intensive piece of machinery and require a knowledgeable and skilful person to install them. You can opt for an under the sink reserve osmosis system, or you can even get one at the point the water enters into your home. However, neither of these options are cheap. This option is for those areas where drinking the water could be dangerous for extended periods of time.
The filters and membranes that these system uses are expensive and will need to be changed out all at the same time. In order to have the system filters and membranes changed, you will need to instruct someone to order the relevant parts and do this for you. This is why the reverse osmosis systems are reserved for those households that need it rather than want it. Prolonged exposure to certain particles in the water can be problematic to health, development and fitness.
When it comes to water filtration systems, there are 4 different types that you can invest in depending on your need. Before you part with your hard-earned cash, it is worth having your water tested to see what, if any, contaminants are present. This means that you can get the right system installed and save money where needed. We all need water to survive and keep healthy and we also need the minerals that are present in the water, such as sodium, magnesium and iron, however, if you have lead in your water, then you will need to invest in a reverse osmosis system to reduce to the risk to your family.