Most homeowners are accustomed to water filters that attach to a faucet, to a shower head, or in a water pitcher. As a homeowner, you may not be used to whole house water filters. If you have never heard of these types of filters, or if you don't know much about them, there are some things you should consider. When it comes to the benefits of whole house water filters to homeowners, there are a few things to consider before buying and installing this option.
Carbon-Based Filtration System
Most of the whole house water filters you will find are carbon-based. The carbon-based filtration system generally works with three levels of filtration. The first level of filtration removes large debris that may include rust particles, dirt, or dust. The second layer of the filtration system will remove metals that are present in the water such as nickel. This second filter may contain copper in the filtration system. This is notable because some people have allergies to copper or are not able to come in contact with the metal due to medical reasons. If you face this issue, contact your doctor before purchasing the system. The third layer is the carbon filter itself.
When you use a faucet or pitcher water filter, you have about 100 gallons of filtration use before you have to change the filter. With a whole house water filter system, you have over 1,000,000 gallons. This means less money spent on changing filters and fewer filter changes throughout the year. Keep in mind that the filters work for the water entering your home. That means you are filtering water as it comes in before it gets to your laundry, dishwasher, showers, and sinks. Even handling that high amount of water, the filter will still outlast your normal faucet filters.
One of the benefits of some whole house water filters is the ability to filter out iron. The key point to remember with this benefit is that different filters handle the removal of iron differently. Some of the filters will not remove all the iron while others will have claims to remove at least 95% of the iron that is in the water. If you have issues with iron, you will need to make sure the filter meets your needs. You can check for the filter's iron removal levels on the side of its box or on its display.
These are just a few of the key points you should know about a whole house water filter before you buy and install the option. If you are ready to get whole house water filters for your home, contact your local plumbing contractor. They can suggest options for your home and install them for you. They can also answer pricing and maintenance questions you have.