From drinking and cooking to bathing and cleaning, everyone wants clean water delivered to their homes and businesses. However, the process for receiving that water isn’t as simple as you may think. There are multiple stops along the way and miles of pipe to travel through before your water reaches your faucet. Those that want the best in quality when it comes to water choose filtration systems that rid their water supply of particulates and lower the risk of illness or disease caused by tainted drinking water. But how do you know what type of filtration system is right for you? Here are five types of filters and how they could be useful at your home!
Whole-Home Water Filtration
A whole-home water filtration system is the most complex and thorough way to remove impurities from your drinking water. First, the water passes throughout a filter that removes any large particulates (5 microns and larger) to prevent clogging the system. Next, the water is treated with chlorine. Finally, the water is treated with charcoal to further filter out impurities, and any waste is discarded.
Water treated by the city may be safe to drink. However, it’s not always as clean as you’d like it. Issues with hard water include build up in pipes and faucets, poor taste, and more. If you experience these problems, a water softener can be installed by your local plumber to improve these issues. Water softeners use an ion-exchange process to replace the minerals in your water supply, making your water softer, better tasting and purer.
Another option for clean water at your home is the fridge filter. While fridge filters are not offered as options on all models, they are included in many new models that feature a door water/ice dispenser. These are not as efficient or thorough as whole-home filtration or water softeners but does filter out many particulates that would otherwise be included in your glass.
Reverse Osmosis Filters
Reverse osmosis may be used as a POE (point of entry) or POU (point of use) system. Either way, this system involves draining water through multiple filters to get rid of certain particulates and impurities and includes a drain to remove waste before being stored in a large tank. Systems are available as a whole-home system or an under-the-sink option.
These are the simplest forms of water filters. They can be bought at the store and are the most inexpensive way available to filter your water. However, they must be replaced periodically as the filters will get clogged and lose their use!