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Should I get a Whole-House water Filter?

Posted by Tingey Plumbing, Heating & Air
on 17 August 2016
Typical Whole House Water Filter System

Blog Highlights:

  • Water filters can be used to keep water contaminants at bay
  • Water filters that are installed at the water main are called whole-house or point-of-entry water filters
  • Many experts suggest that unless the water quality is very low, homeowners should only opt for point-of-use water filters
  • 90% of the water that is used in the home goes down the drain; this is why it is often impractical to have whole-house water filters
  • When looking to have a water filter installed, you should look for a company that can provide honest advice and not one that will try to scare you into buying expensive systems

Many experts say that if you want something efficient and economical, you should opt for point-of use water filters.

Water filters are utilized to help keep water contaminants away from your home’s water.  There is actually a wide variety of water filters that homeowners can choose from depending on what they are most likely concerned with. There are complex reverse osmosis systems, large single unit purifiers, and there are also simple over-the-tap products.

Water experts do say that in many areas, the water is tainted with at least one kind of contaminant. The most common ones are lead, ammonia, or chlorine. If these and other contaminants are very much present in your area’s water source, you should definitely opt for a whole house water filter system. This system is also known as a point-of-entry system because it is used for the water main. Purifiers on the other hand, which are just attached to a single fixture or area within the home, are considered point-of-use systems.

When to use a filter for the whole house

There are instances when this is a necessity, especially when you are located in an area with an undrinkable water supply. But in most cases, homeowners do not usually need this kind of system. Whole-house filters can cost a lot of money without providing better results than a point-of-use system or product.

Water filter experts say that homeowners need to remember that as much as 90% of the water that is being consumed in the home just goes down the drain. As a matter of fact, people within the household only consume less than 10% of the water that is being used. This is why they suggest that you are probably better off with a filtration system that is placed where you consume water for your body. By placing filters only in the kitchen and in the shower, you can get a more practical use for the filter and you can avoid over spending.

Are point-of-entry water filters expensive?

There are many configurations and types available for those who want this type of water filter. Many of these products are reverse-osmosis filters or have carbon-based filters.

Carbon-based filters can help block contaminants such as ammonia and chlorine. These contaminants can change the way the water tastes, and removing them will help improve the quality of the water. Reverse osmosis filters on the other hand, are designed to block a wider variety of contaminants.

Many of these carbon-based point-of-use water filters cost below $100, while ones that use reverse osmosis will cost less than $1000. A whole-house water filter that uses carbon-based filters will cost somewhere near $2000, while one that uses reverse osmosis will most likely cost anywhere between several thousand dollars to $10,000 or more.

Who can help me install a water purifier?

More than just buying a product or system and getting a plumber, experts say that you should instead look for a company that can provide you with a wide selection of water filters. You should also look for one that can give you honest advice when it comes to your area’s unique needs.

Experts also say that unless the quality of the water in your area is very bad, you should never opt for a whole-house reverse osmosis system.

When choosing a company, look for one that can discuss the options carefully with the homeowner. The company should have expertise and experience when it comes to providing and installing different water filters.

You should also consider hiring a company that is willing to do a service contract with you. Do not hire a company that tries to scare you and force you into buying something ineffective, and expensive. Go for a company that is willing to educate you and even provide you with water quality testing so that you will be able to choose the right product.

Choosing water filters depends on your budget, on practicality, and on the level of protection that you want for your family. Just make sure that before you make a purchase, verify the filter that you are looking to buy with the National Safety Foundation so that you will see if it can truly filter out the contaminants that you do not want in your household water supply.