Water Filters for my Family...Where Do I Start for Clean Drinking Water?
When choosing water filters follow these steps.
1. You must
evaluate your specific water filtration needs. Are you interested in
only a drinking water filter or do you need a shower filter? Determine
what your family needs.
2. Decide if you want to target any
specific contaminants when filtering your drinking water. If you
receive water from a public water system, it likely has chlorine
added to disinfect your drinking water.
In addition to chlorine, there may be added fluoride
that you may want to remove. You will want to
find a water filter that
is certified to remove chlorine AND trihalomethanes (a carcinogenic
by-product of chlorination) as well as fluoride.
3.When choosing water filters, do your own
research. Find out what
exactly a water filter does. In order to understand certification
claims, you will need to know a little about the process of water
filtration. Find out what a micron is. Learn what granular
activated carbon or GAC
is as well as what
4. Choose a brand of water filter that removes
the most contaminants. In this way, you KNOW
you are covered for anything that will come out your pipe! Most
manufacturers offer a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied
with the product.
5. Check to see what the cost of cartridge
replacements. What may seem like a cheap costing filter may end up
costing you hundreds in maintenance!
6. Check out the
manufacturer...How long have they been in business? Will they be there
for the long run to service you and support the product?
Basically, water filters fall into two categories -- point-of-use and
of use, such as pitchers, faucet-mounted, or shower filters are the
most popular because they are the least expensive. Point-of-entry is a
whole-house filter that filters the water before it even makes it into
Here are the most popular methods and how they
work to assist you in choosing water filters for your family.
Carafes/Pitchers filter small quantities of drinking water
inexpensively and can reduce up to 99 percent of chlorine, require no
installation and are inexpensive. Priced from about $15 to $60. Crystal
Quest pitchers will filter up to 2,000 gallons of water on a
filter. Others filter only 40 to 100 gallons.
These filter drinking and cooking
water with easy installation and allow switching between filtered and
unfiltered water. They range in price from $20 to $60.
These filter large amounts of water without plumbing modification. The
filters get water from the faucet by replacing the standard aerator
(the part where the water comes out of the faucet) with a diverter
valve. Pulling the knob on the diverter valve sends water through the
filter for drinking. Diverter valves won't fit faucets with the
pull-out vegetable sprayer. They are less likely to clog than carafes
or faucet mounts, but they can clutter counter tops. Prices range from
$50 to $300.
Good for filtering a lot of water
without changing the existing faucet or cluttering the counter. But
they take up cabinet space and may require plumbing modifications. A
hole must be drilled through the sink and/or counter top for the
dispenser. Prices range from $55 to $350.
The water is being forced under pressure through an ultra-fine
semi-permeable membrane that filters out salt and other impurities,
discarding them, and passing pure water to a storage tank for later
use. The water is stored in a pressure tank and is treated to a final
activated-charcoal filtration to remove all remaining odors and tastes
before dispensing the purified water. Prices range from $25 to about
Reverse osmosis, also, by removing alkaline
constituents of water, produces a more acidic water. Acidic water can be
dangerous to the body system, causing calcium and other essential
minerals to be stripped from bones and teeth in order to neutralize its
acidity. Trace elements of minerals were intended to be in water; their
removal leaves tasteless, unhealthy drinking water. I advise all who
use reverse osmosis systems add a High Quality
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