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Home Filtration Systems
In our homes, we want everything to be as pure as possible. We want our homes to be safe from harmful chemicals, and that is why we have air purifiers, filters in our furnaces and, of course, water filtration systems. Water filtration systems serve a very useful purpose. They help to remove harmful particles from our water, and also protect us from mineral buildup. Home filtration systems can come in many varieties.
In an investigation by the New York Times, since 2004, 62 million Americans have been exposed to drinking water that was contaminated with thousands of chemicals, in low concentrations.
There are the simple point-of-use filters, which attach to the tap at the sink and remove the particles from that point.
There are also other types of filters, which remove harmful particles from the water before it ever reaches the taps.
If you are thinking about installing water filtration systems in your home, here are some tips to remember to get the biggest bang for your buck.
- You can look at carbon filters, which are found in under-sink models, faucet-models and in counter-top pitcher models. They are also found in whole-house and point-of-entry systems. They work by using carbon to absorb the impurities of the water as it passes through. They can remove several chemicals including lead, PCB, chlorine, pesticides, bacteria, volatile organic compounds and more.
- Another type to consider is reverse-osmosis, which pushes water through a membrane that acts as a filter. This type of filter is sometimes used with carbon filters but it should be noted that these systems waste about 15 to 34 liters of water for every 3.8 liters they filter. That being said, they are highly effective at removing particles from the drinking water, including pharmaceuticals.
- Distillers are not a practical way to remove particles from the water in your home. They boil and condense the water, use a lot of electricity, create excess heat and need to be cleaned on a regular basis. You should save your money.
- Ultraviolet light units disinfect water, killing any bacteria, and can be as cheap as $100 for a counter-top unit, or $700 for a whole-house unit. They remove bacteria, but not synthetic chemicals or hard metals. You should use ultraviolet light units with carbon filters to get the most out of the filtration.
Wondering which filtration system to buy? Here is a quick guide to help:
- Do you want to remove as much of the contaminants as possible? If so, get a carbon filter and combine it with a reverse-osmosis filter.
- Want extra protection? Use whole-house carbon filters that remove steam vapors that you inhale while showing and cleaning dishes.
- Want a good filter but not have to pay too much? Then get a carbon filter.
In addition, always remember to change your water filters on a regular basis. They will do you no good if you are not changing out those filters. Typically, they are quite easy to replace and can be done by you without any help from an expert.
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