There are a vast number of home water treatment systems out there but few of them deliver optimal results. It's always better to have any water treatment system in your home rather than nothing at all but in order to make the most out of your investment you need to find a filter that truly works to provide clean, healthy water.
Here are 7 tips to help you find the best water treatment system money can buy.
1. Avoid pitcher filters. Pitcher filters might seem like the cheapest, easiest option but you will end up spending a lot of money in the long run. Pitcher filters run on the Polaroid principle, meaning the initial investment is low but you make up for that by paying an exorbitant amount for film or in this case, filter cartridges.
By purchasing water treatment products and installing them to your kitchen sink, you may have to pay more initially but the replacement cartridges are cheaper and the water that comes out is much purer.
2. Look for home water treatment systems that remove both organic and synthetic chemicals. Reverse osmosis is not capable of removing synthetic chemicals while distillation is not capable of removing organic chemicals. Carbon filters are the best choice because they remove all types of contaminants.
3. Look for a carbon filter that uses a multi-stage filtration process. Not all carbon filters are created equal. Carbon block or granular water treatment products that use a multi-stage process of filtration remove the widest range of contaminants.
4. When shopping for home water treatment systems, think of something that fits with your budget. Distillation and reverse osmosis can cost up to 26 cents per gallon. Carbon filtration costs less than ten cents per gallon so it's a good choice if you are looking for an effective yet affordable option.
5. Get a water treatment system that doesn't de-mineralize tap water. Drinking de-mineralized water over time can lead to an increased risk for cancer and multiple mineral deficiencies. Both reverse osmosis and distillation produce de-mineralized water, which is needed in the photo processing and printing industries.
In order to stay healthy, humans need to drink water that contains trace minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Use a carbon filter for the best results because it doesn't remove minerals from the water.
6. Look for home water treatment systems that are fast and not wasteful. Reverse osmosis and distillation are notoriously slow. They produce only up to a gallon per hour and waste around 2 gallons for every gallon they produce. Carbon filters produce up to 30 gallons per hour and do not waste any water whatsoever.
7. Water treatment products should be convenient. Avoid high maintenance products that require storage tanks or any other extra equipment. All that should be required of you is a moment every few months to change a filter cartridge.
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Keep these 7 tips in mind when you are shopping around for home water treatment systems. When you take all factors into consideration, water filters that use the multi-stage carbon filtration process are by far the most effective and affordable of the bunch. So get out there and find an appropriate carbon filter for your home so you can start enjoying clean, healthy water every day.