The Pros and Cons of Buying Whole House Water Filter
With all the talk about problems in our drinking water supply, you are probably interested in making sure your water if pure and free of contaminants. Therefore, you should be looking at buying a water filter. However, there are many water filters to choose from and it is confusing. We encourage you to look at the best water filter type available, which is the whole house water filter.
So you may wonder if a whole house water filter is right for you. Is it right for your home? If you own a home, it is a good fit. It is a little harder to manage if you are renting but can be done. First, you should look at the pros and cons of water filters and the whole house systems in particular. Below are a few of the pros and cons you should know about.
As for the pros or plus sides to whole house water filters, one is that they can keep an entire home clean with just one system. This is ideal for homes with many showers and faucets. For example, did you know that chlorine could get in your skin through steam in the shower faster than it can by you drinking it? That is why it is important to have your shower heads protected as well as your faucets. You do not want to bathe in chlorine any longer.
Another plus side to using a whole house water filter is that doing so cancels the need for multiple filters at every outlet in your house. If an individual wants clean water from multiple outlets, a complete home filter is the best way to go. Otherwise, one would need to put a filter on every shower and under every faucet. This would mean multiple filters to change often. The costs of this could quickly outweigh the onetime cost of a whole house filter.
While there are many pros to the whole house water filter system, there are cons too. One is the cost of having it professionally installed. Although this is usually part of the cost of buying the filter and a onetime cost, it can be several hundred dollars to have done correctly. You need some experience with plumbing and soldering to do it right and most people do not have that experience. Buying from a good dealer or manufacturer will at least keep that cost at a minimum.
Speaking of costs, the costs of buying a home filtration system can be expensive, but it is also important to remember what you are getting. As previously stated, some homeowners end buying filters for several sinks in the home. When compared over time, the costs are in favor of the whole home system. With water units for the entire home there are filter media changes only once every ten years or so. With under counter water filters the filter cartridge replacements may be every three months or so. If you have three under counter filters, that could be $90 every three months. With those filters, if you don’t replace the cartridges the filters run inefficiently. Moreover, no shower heads are protected. Those would need even more filters and cartridges at additional costs.
While whole home water filters are becoming more popular, they are still finding only a limited consumer base. This is probably because filters are a need more than a want. People do not always buy what they need over what they want if the need is not immediate in their minds. And because there are so many different types of water filters out there it is confusing. Many people do not know what they need exactly so they do nothing. That is why we encourage you not to leap into buying a filter too quickly. Get educated first. Ask questions and learn about the following before you buy. Find out about filter capacity. Little filters clog faster than big ones. Learn all about filter cartridge replacement costs and maintenance, installation costs, back washing features, water channeling within a water filter, the best media used in water filters, reverse osmosis and its limits and the difficulty of fluoride removal. The best decision you can make will depend on how well-informed you are so do your due diligence thoroughly. In addition, you might want to get a water analysis done of your tap water. That way you know exactly what contaminants are present within your water so you can properly deal with removing them.
As touched on above, there are a number of pros and cons to buying and using whole home water filter systems. What you will want to consider doing is applying the pros and cons to your personal wants and needs.