There are many different types of water filters out there, and not all are suited for home use. Here are some of the best household-friendly water softening options, with the benefits and disadvantages of each.
Water Filter Pitchers
Many families will reach for the water pitcher filters when they’re first starting to filter their home water. These pitchers generally use a Granulated Activated Charcoal system to collect contaminants and remove them from the water. Essentially, the extra particles in your water are attracted to the materials in the filter and they adhere to the charcoal, leaving your water clearer.
These types of filters are better at removing some particles than others; although they can remove chlorine, they are often less good at removing heavier metals such as fluoride in your water. They also require a lot more maintenance and waste, since the filters need to be replaced every few months.
Reverse Osmosis Filters
A reverse osmosis filter is an option that’s a little more robust than your standalone countertop water filter. These filters use pressure to filter water through a membrane, which removes particles that are larger than the water particles. This process can be slow at times, but you have the option of connecting the filter to a tank that will prove water reserves for your home.
Another option is to use a multi-stage filter that can be applied under your sink by a plumber. These systems vary in their exact mechanics, but they may combine a variety of physical separation methods, de-ionization, UV light, and other tactics. These filters can be very efficient in their removal of different types of particles, since each layer of the filtration process is designed to target different kinds of contaminants. Although it takes some initial costs to set up the system with your plumber’s help, it can be a long-lasting solution for water purification (with less waste than some of the other options).
In short, there are many different water softening options. When you’re trying to choose the best option for your home, it’s a good idea to sit down and think about the types of contaminants you’re most likely to see in your area. Look at your local government water reports to see which chemicals or particles have the highest levels. From there, you can probably narrow down to a few options which fit within your specifications and your budget. Any of these methods can be effective with the proper maintenance.
For more information, contact a company like Aspen Waterwise, Ltd.