There are many hot water filter systems available, and you have to do some research to find the best system for your needs. A hot water filter can have some benefits over using water straight from the water heater. These filters use carbon based filtration, which is also the norm with cold water filters. Here are 6 advantages of a hot water filter:
1. Many Installation Options
There are great hot water filtration systems that have a dispenser that sits on top of the sink and compliment an existing faucet. The rest of the system remains below the sink, out of sight. Other filters can be placed on lines to your hot water system to protect from calcium build up.
2. Reducing Sediment
People with tankless hot water systems may find that these heaters cause dissolved solids to bond together and become trapped in shower heads or faucet aerators. These blockages can be a constant nuisance, and unblocking these is a chore that no one likes to do. Filters on the hot water line can eliminate these blockages and save on buying new heads.
Small filters can also be placed on the washing machine hose to trap sediment. These are great for those households that have a general filter on the cold water lines, but not on the hot water ones.
3. Reducing Harmful Heavy Metals
Most water filters claim to reduce the levels of poisonous metals and other toxins such as asbestos, lead and mercury, but these filters are usually placed only on cold water inlets. It is easy to forget that you can absorb as much or more of these toxins while you are washing or showering. This is where a hot water filter comes into its own.
4. Blocking Chlorine
These filters can even be used to block chlorine. Chlorine is vaporized during a hot shower or bath, and enters the lungs and skin pores. Chlorine often causes irritations to the nose and eyes, and though it may not always be smelled, it can contribute to headaches and neurotoxic reactions.
Chlorine can also be damaging to hair and skin, bonding with proteins in the hair and making it brittle, and washing out natural color, making the hair dull.
5. Protects Hot Water Heaters from Corrosion
Filters that attach to the pipes before the hot water heater can help protect the heater from costly repairs due to corrosion. These filters inhibit scale build-up and extend the life of the appliance. Scale build-up can also cause inefficiencies in the heating system, so a hot water filter can pay for itself in energy efficiency. These filters and scale reducers contain a phosphate that breaks down the scale before it gets to the heater.
6. Cost Effective Replacement Filters
Replacement filters for most home hot water systems will cost less than $100 per year. The filters should be replaced every six months. If the quality of your water is bad, you may have to replace them more often.