How far can I take my whole house pre-filter?

Old 01-05-12, 06:07 PM
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How far can I take my whole house pre-filter?

I get my water from a well. A whole house pre-filter installed. It does it's job in removing sediment etc. I generally use the "300" pleated filter but it seems like there is other media out there that can catch quite a bit more. The media is more costly and I'd bet that it needs to be changed out more often.

Still, I can't help but wonder if by buying more expensive media (trying to get it on sale etc) would allow me to avoid having to use something like a Pur Stage 2 Water filter for example.

Some of the newer media out there claims to remove the exact same things as the Pur Filter does.

I mean if it was anywhere near close to the same amount of filtration, then I'd be happy knowing that we were that much better off when we get lazy and forget to filter the water etc.

Most folks around here just drink off the well. I'd figure I am doing that much better and the convenience of one media sounds even more tempting.

Old 01-06-12, 03:36 PM
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If you wanted better filtration, I'd install 2 filters. The first being the pleated filter to remove the silt and sediment, then a carbon filter or smaller-pore filter. Otherwise the carbon filter would get clogged much quicker and you'd be replacing it weekly.

Also, some people install a better filter just on their kitchen sink and ice maker. No need for significant filtering in bathrooms, etc. But be careful... I did the whole reverse osmosis filter for drinking water... it was the worst tasting water I've ever drank. No minerals or anything to give it any flavor. You may laugh, but it's true. I used it for a few months then got rid of it!

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