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The Benefits Of Home Water Filtration Systems

Everything About Home Water Filtration Systems

Simply put, a filtration system removes some kind of contaminant from a water supply. Those contaminants vary, but the common ones are chlorine, iron, acidity, sediment, excess minerals, and living organisms like bacteria and parasites. We specialize in whole-house systems, which are installed right at the point in your plumbing where your home gets its entire supply of water. That way, the system can filter all your water at once, so that the treatment applies to every single water appliance at once.

Whole house water filters are always a professional job to install. That puts a lot of people off, since the price and the time invested can be a hassle. However, if your water has some kind of persistent contaminant, it’s almost always worth it in the end. It might range from a foul smell or taste in your water supply to bacterial or fungal infections and trace amounts of toxins. There are other kinds of filters which don’t target your whole home, which don’t require professional help and cost much less. However, these might not remove all contaminants, and they require much more frequent replacement or maintenance than the whole-house units.

What your filter looks like depends on what kind of filter it is. Most involve at least one large tank, through which the water passes for filtration. Some have multiple tanks, which allows the systems to self-clean while still pumping out that fresh, clean water. Some will come with valves and indicators, while others are more autonomous and don’t offer homeowners much information that they won’t need anyway. These whole-house systems vary in price, but they range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

How It Benefits You?

Top 6 Benefits of a filtration system include:

    • Shinier dishes


    • Longer lasting appliances like washing machines and fridges


    • Healthier hair and skin


    • Less maintenance for your pipes


    • Lower electrical bills


    • No staining in your sinks or on your clothes


What It Does?

Well, that depends: What do you need it to do? Different filtration systems target different contaminants. Here are the big ones: 

  • Acid neutralizers work to remove acidity from your water. Typical pure water has a neutral pH, which you might remember from chemistry class as being the measure of how acidic or basic a substance is. Water should be right in the middle, but it might pick up acidic components on its way to your home. Acidic water can eat through your plumbing and leave greenish-blue stains on frequently wet surfaces. Neutralizers add a basic substance, usually calcite, to your water to cancel out the acidic one and leave your water neutral again (don’t worry, that’s a totally harmless process). 

  • Whole house water softener remove “hardness” from your water. Hard water is caused by excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium; hard water is what causes a chalky layer of scale to linger in showers and sinks and on plates. It also causes your clothing to become faded and brittle. Softeners use a tank with a resin bed, which has ions that magnetically pull the excess minerals out of your water. 

  • UV Purifiers kill off anything living in your water, such as bacteria, fungus, or parasites. The science here is straightforward: Ultraviolet light can damage or destroy DNA through direct exposure, but it doesn’t leave behind anything harmful in the water itself. So, UV purifiers sterilize your water without leaving any trace. 

  • Sediment filters remove visible particles like sand, silt, clay, rock, and dirt from your water. These are filters in the most common sense: They use tiny pores to prevent sediment from passing through. 
  • Carbon filters specifically target chlorine. They use a filter of activated carbon to pull chlorine out of the water, similar to the resin bed in a softener. 

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