As a result of media reports on public utilities delivering poor quality water, interest is surging for whole house water filtration. If you've been wondering if this might be the right solution for your family, here are 5 of the most frequently asked questions and corresponding answers that might help you make up your mind.
1. What, exactly, is it? A whole house water filtration system is a central filter connected to a home's main water supply. That means every tap is delivering the highest quality of purified water. It is convenient and creates less waste.
2. Are there different types of whole house filter systems? The 2 most common methods of whole house water filtration are:
- Activated Carbon: Preferred for removing harsh chemicals like disinfectants.
- Reverse Osmosis: Effective at removing harsh chemical contaminants as well as microbial impurities.
3. How big is this kind of system? Size varies, depending on a home's water demands. There are some systems small enough to fit under the kitchen sink.
4. How will this system benefit my family? One of the most commonly problematic chemicals in the public water supply is chlorine. When running hot water in the shower or dishwasher, chlorine dissipates, becoming a vapor that can be inhaled. This can be hazardous for anyone with respiratory sensitivities, like asthma. Regular drinking of chlorinated water increases a person's cancer risk by 93%. Chlorinated water can also irritate the skin. If bathing is extremely drying or freshly laundered clothes make you itch, your choice of soap and detergent may not be the problem. It may be the water.
5. Will it remove fluoride? There are some carbon filters that can remove fluoride but results may not be reliable. It may be necessary to install filter media material like activated alumina to address fluoride concerns.
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