Installing a whole house water filter is a smart move. Doing so will help you live more safely and securely because you will not be exposed to potentially harmful contaminants such as mercury, TCE or too much iron, and any foul odors will be reduced or eliminated. However, like any other system you use in your home, problems may arise. Review the following before settling on a new home water filter.
1. Warranty Limits
Some filters come with very short warranties of only one year, so before buying a filtration system, it might be useful to research warranty lengths on the units that interest you.
2. Bad Taste Cannot Always Be Removed
Even though some whole house water filter makers boast that their systems can improve the taste of your water, that’s not always the case. Check reviews or ask friends, family or acquaintances who already own a whole house water filter to ensure your chosen filter will eliminate the problem of poor taste, if that is one of your concerns.
3. Constantly Changing Filters Can Cost You
You will need to replace most types of water filters when they become saturated with contaminants. If you choose a system with a smaller filter, you may end up changing the filter a lot, which could be costly. Therefore, it’s beneficial to learn about filter sizes and to read reviews about how often you will need to change certain filters.
4. Water Waste in Reverse Osmosis Systems
Reverse osmosis home water filters tend to use up to 5 gallons of water for each gallon they filter through, which may increase the amount of your water bills. Also, some reverse osmosis filters actually strip away helpful minerals and therefore cause more wear and tear on plumbing fixtures. Plus, this type of water filter works more slowly than others. Overall, just be sure that you have an abundance of contaminants in your water before choosing a reverse osmosis system.
5. Salt-Based Water Softeners Can Affect Your Health
Salt-based water softeners distribute a high amount of sodium into the water, which makes drinking, eating, and watering lawns and plants a health risk because even when the systems removes just one grain of hardness, it adds 8mg/1 ppm of sodium to water. Too much sodium is bad for any living human, animal or plant, although you can avoid imbibing sodium by leaving one kitchen tap unsoftened so that you can drink it and cook with it. Additionally, too much sodium can harm small septic or sewer systems as well as appliances. Finally, with this type of water filtration system, you must regularly add salt, which costs extra money. You may want to avoid this type of whole house filtration system.
After perusing this information, you should now be aware of what you should look for and avoid when deciding to purchase a water filter system for your home.