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Whole House Water Filtration Systems: Why You Need One And What You Need To Know

by Anthony Graves

Whole house water filtration systems remove harmful contaminants in your water such as chlorine and its by-products, as well as rust and lead, all of which may enter through your home's plumbing system. These contaminants not only produce unpleasant tasting drinking water, they may have negative effects on your general well-being. Chemicals from the water may be absorbed through the skin and released into the air, causing dry skin and hair, as well as respiratory issues. If you believe your water quality contains high concentrations of chemicals, you should consider purchasing a whole house water filtration system.

Know the Quality of Your Water

It's a good idea to request an annual water quality report from your local municipality. This will help you determine if a whole house filtration system can be beneficial for you and your family. In addition, you can purchase a do-it-yourself water testing kit from your local home improvement center. These all-in-one test kits are color-coded and may give you results within minutes, so you will be better informed when purchasing your filtration system.

Benefits of Whole House Water Filtration

The advantages of purchasing a water filtration system for the entire house are as follows:

  • Contaminants will be filtered out from every water source in your home: This includes faucets, showers and washing machines. Whole house water filtration systems can produce healthier and better-tasting tap water, as well as condition hard water that tends to leave residue on dishes and laundry. This system also helps eliminate chlorine odors.

  • Your home's plumbing system will be protected from sediments and rust: These particles will be filtered through the whole-house system. Pipes will be less likely to corrode when a whole house water filtration is installed, which could save you money on repairs in the long run.

  • Appliances may be protected as well: Did you know that your dishwasher and washing machine could also become damaged by the chemicals and sediments in your water? Installing a whole home water filtration system could eliminate this risk.

How to Choose Your System

Here's what to consider and what to look for when buying a whole house water filtration system:

  • Certification: Be sure the filtration system is certified and rated by the National Sanitation Foundation, commonly known as the NSF. This certification process ensures that comprehensive testing has been performed by experts, and the filtration system meets standards set for health and safety.

  • Automatic filter technology: The system's internal filter needs to be cleaned, flushed and drained periodically. With built-in automatic technology, this process will be done with no effort on your part. A good automatic filter should flush, clean and drain every few weeks. This will enable the system to work continuously, filtering chemicals and sediments throughout your home's entire plumbing system.

  • An included installation kit: Although you may be able to purchase the installation kit from your plumbing contractor, it's more convenient if installation parts are included with the system. For one thing, look for a high-flow valve, as this will offer a fast rate of filtration. The installation kit should be suitable for your plumbing, be it copper, or other materials.

  • Low Water Consumption: Be sure the water filtration is rated for low water consumption or you could be facing higher utility bills.

  • Long Lasting Filter and Media: Replacement filters should last for a period of several months before needing to be replaced. The carbon media itself should provide service for several years.

Once you've determined there are contaminants in your water, choose a whole house filtration system based on the suggestions above. For best results, contact a licensed plumber for installation.