Types of Filters to Keep your Drinking Water Safe

With today’s technology, having safe drinking water should be the least of our worries, wouldn’t you agree?  The quality of water being distributed to our homes and coming out of our faucets should not come into question.  However, the reality is that in many areas, the quality of pure water is not even close to what is being promised.  Which brings us to the question, how can we keep out drinking water safe?

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Filtering Water

One of the most common solutions to having safe drinking water is to filter your water.  There are different ways that you can improve the quality of water so that you do not have to rely on buying bottled water all the type for cooking and drinking.

The filtration systems for home use can deliver different types of water quality depending on how much you spend on them.  The premise is that the more costly the filtration system is, the better water quality you get; is that reliable?

Another thing that you must consider when looking at filtration systems is that you do not really need to filter all the water you use in your home.  For example, there is little use to filtering water for washing dishes or what you use for your shower.

Some filtration systems can be rather costly, but, if you line it up with the health hazards that you are your family could be facing, then it is just one of those expenses that you must pay for.  When using filters you also have to contend with the fact that regular maintenance is necessary to ensure its efficiency.  This will give you peace of mind that the quality of your filtered drinking water is not degrading.

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Types of Filters

Before investing in an expensive water purifying system, take a look at the different types of filters you can use and what they remove from your water to make an acceptable decision.

  • Carafe Filters

These are similar to the ones that you see on coffee pots.  These types of filters are placed on top of the pitcher and filters water as it passes through it.  This is known to be effective in removing chlorine, lead, and other sediments that may be present in your water supply.

But, when it comes to pesticides, agricultural chemicals, and bacteria, this type of filter offers you no protection at all.  It is important to note that this type of filter must be replaced each month or two to preserve its efficiency.

The initial cost of investing in carafe filters is around $30.  You can buy the replacement filters for approximately $7 apiece.  The low start-up cost of this filter will drastically increase as you factor in the price of replacement filters.  You also have to remember to buy and replace the filters regularly.

  • Faucet Filters

Also known as point-of-use filters, these rely on a carbon bed to absorb the contaminants found in the water that passes through it.  These attach directly to the faucet (hence the name) or at the end of a hose.  The filter can also be directly connect to the cold line located under the sink.

Faucet filters can remove lead, chlorine, industrial chemicals, some bacteria, radon, and pesticides.  The type of contaminants that can be removed can vary depending on the manufacturer; check the label to see what it can do.

Replacement of the filter should be done at least twice a year.  This type of filter can become clogged with the contaminants making it less efficient as time goes by.  The price can substantially vary from $30 to $300 not including the cost for the replacement cartridges, which can be as high as $50.  Although it may seem expensive, when compared on a per-gallon basis, it is actually cheaper than carafe filters.

  • Reverse Osmosis Purification

This filtration process uses a large tank that is attached to the cold water pipe under the sink.  Water is flushed through carbon filters with a membrane separating the contaminants.  This is not the most water-efficient filtration system because of the number of gallons that can be wasted when purifying one gallon of water.

In terms of efficiency, it can remove almost all types of contaminants including industrial chemicals and bacteria.  In fact, there are systems that are capable of removing as much as 95% of the contaminants in your water supply.  The filters must be replace yearly and the membrane depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation.  Initial cost is from $700 to $1,000 with a filtering cost of only 10 cents to a gallon.

These are your choices in filters to help keep your drinking water safe.  Bottom line is that you choose whatever fits your needs and preferences.

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