Perhaps your tap water tastes a little off. Maybe, you’re concerned about your water’s safety. If you’re worried about your water, you may be wondering if a whole home water filtration system might be right for your home. We have answers.
How does a whole-home water filtration work?
A whole-home water filtration system works by filtering in the water that comes into your home. Instead of a portable filter or one that fits on your tap, it actually catches contaminants at the inlet of your home. These contaminants may include chlorine and chloramine, as well as a wide range of chemicals and toxins.
Here in the Valley of the Sun, the water is hard, so many homeowners choose a filter that also makes the water softer by adding sodium or potassium which breaks down hard minerals.
Throughout the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for establishing water safety standards. These standards place limits on the amounts of contaminants that are allowed in public water supplies. By law, your water provider is required to send you a report each year that details concentration levels of any contaminants in water being supplied to your home. By reviewing this report, you can gain an understanding of your water’s quality and whether or not a filtration system is necessary.
Types of Water Filtration Systems
The most common types of water filtration systems include:
- Activated Carbon System – This uses carbon granules to soak up chemical impurities in the water. While this type of system is effective and commonly used, it’s important to note that it will not filter out heavy metals or limescale.
- Reverse Osmosis System – This type of system forces water through a fine filter at high pressure. When the water passes through the filter, impurities are left on the other side of the barrier.
- Ion Exchange System – By exchanging magnesium and calcium ions for hydrogen or sodium ions, an ion exchange system is able to remove contaminants and minerals that create hard water. This is often considered the “Cadillac” of home water filtration systems.
Benefits of Home Water Filtration
Yes, there are many benefits that you’ll gain by investing in a water filtration system, including:
- Improved taste of water
- Protection from contaminants, chemicals and pathogens
- Cleaner dishes, surfaces and clothing
- Softer skin and hair
- Cost savings from not having to buy bottled water and filters
Want to learn more about a home water filtration system? Call the experts at Cool Blew today.