Personal health and hygiene have come to the fore in the 21st Century and there is nothing more important than the water that we drink.
Unfortunately, due to industrial processes, many toxic chemicals, or fertilizers or metal residue will seep into our water supplies, and our treatment plants are not set up to completely remove these impurities.
You may also live in an area of overly hard or soft water, which is causing problems for electrical items such as kettles or dishwashers. As a result, it makes sense to invest in a water filter to ensure that you and your family are only drinking the cleanest water.
Here are 5 things you should look out for when buying a water filter
1. Filter Quality
Depending on the quality of the water in your area you will need a different type of filter to purify your water. Talk to the local authorities to ascertain the levels and types of impurities in the local water and then you can tailor the type of filter you buy to your needs.
This is important as there are different levels of impurities in water all over the world, so getting the right filter is key if you want the cleanest water.
2. Filtration Rate
Depending on the size of your household, and therefore your water consumption, the daily filtration rate will be very important to you.
If you have kids scrambling to get to the bathroom in the morning, a garden that needs watering or you use water for business purposes, you don’t want to find out that the capacity of your filter system is inadequate and you are left without clean purified water. Understand what your needs are going to be in advance and then buy the appropriate filter.
3. Can it Soften Water?
Many of us live in areas of hard water, which can cause huge problems relating to the build-up of magnesium and calcium in your water which in turn builds up in your pipes causing blockages.
If you live in one of these areas, it is important you find a reliable softener that will reduce the content of these minerals, thus leaving your plumbing system unblocked.
If you live in an area of normal or soft water, then these systems are not appropriate for you as they will actually remove ‘good impurities’ from your water, so always check what type of water you have run from the mains before connecting a filter
4. Installation Costs
Installation costs can vary tremendously depending on your needs. You may only need one main unit, or if you live in an area where the water quality is very poor you may need several units relating to the storing, processing, and filtering of the water, so costs can easily creep up.
It is also worth making a note of how much power your filtration unit uses because this will have a direct impact on your electricity bills.
It may make economic sense to go for a more basic unit if you can, however, those with hard water are likely to need a more complex system. It is important to be aware that you may be spending money on a system you don’t actually need, and no one wants to throw money down the drain (literally in this case!), so do your homework.
There are vast differences between the costs of different replacement filters and how often they need replacing. Depending on how much water you use, you may find that your filter system needs replacing anything from every year to every three years.
The cost also varies incredibly, from needing a whole new unit to be installed or to replace the filter head itself. Obviously, if you live in an area with extremely hard water, there may be a lot of impurities to filter so you can expect to have to change the filter more often, but as we discussed above choosing a unit that is appropriate for your type of water will help.
Always take into account replacement costs when choosing your filter.
As we have seen there are various factors you need to consider when it comes to buying a water filter, but perhaps the most important is knowing the water type in your area and then tailoring the type of filter you need for your conditions.
Buying the correct type of filter will also have a big impact on the amount of electricity you will consume and also the related maintenance costs, so make sure you are aware of what you are letting yourself in for before you install that expensive filter.
If you follow this handy guide, then you should ensure safe and clean drinking water for all the family for years to come.