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The Top Three Reasons To Install A Whole-House Water Filter

Mar 27, 2008
These days, it is easy to become alarmed by the increasing amounts of chemicals and toxins appearing in our food, air, and water. When it comes to the safety of water at home; however, there is a solution. By now, you probably know that you should drink filtered water, but did you know that you should also bathe, shower, cook, and launder your clothes with filtered water? In order to filter water for all of these uses in your home, you can install a whole-house water filter.

A whole-house filter connects to the main water line entering your house so that all of the water dispensers - faucets, showers, baths, kitchen, laundry - dispense filtered water. The two most common types of contaminants removed by these filters are sediment and chemicals. Sediment typically refers to the visible particles in water that need to be mechanically strained, such as dirt, dust, rust, and sand. Dozens of chemicals, including chlorine, are removed by carbon filtration.

Many people are recognizing the advantages to installing a whole-house water filter; it helps our finances, our health, and the environment. Here are the top three reasons to install a whole-house water filter:

1. It saves time and money. Installing a whole-house filter is efficient and convenient; it addresses all of the water dispensers in your home with a single filter. Instead of purchasing bottled water, you can save money by filling your reusable water bottles at home.

2. It improves your health. Many people are unaware of the dangers of chlorine and other chemicals in municipal tap water. You are exposed to these chemicals not only when drinking unfiltered water but also through bathing, cooking, etc. According to researchers, unfiltered water is a health risk. The chemicals are absorbed through our skin and we inhale them in gas form when the water is heated. The chemical gases can also spread throughout the house so that our families continue to breathe them long after a shower has ended. Chlorine has been linked to cancer of the bladder, liver, rectum, and colon, as well as heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries,) anemia, high blood pressure, and allergic reactions. There is also evidence that chlorine can destroy protein in the body and that it damages skin and hair. Your pets also suffer ill-effects from drinking and bathing in unfiltered water.

3. It helps the environment. Over one million barrels of crude oil are used annually to produce the plastic used to bottle water and then the bottled water is hauled long distances for distribution, burning more fuel. The majority of the plastic water bottles end up in landfills or if they are recycled, more fuel is consumed during the recycling process.

Installing a whole-house water filter requires an initial investment in time and money but the long term benefits to your health, your wallet, and the environment are priceless. Call your local plumber and have a whole-house water filter installed today!
About the Author
For more health tips and published research with vertigo, migraine, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease patients by Dr. Erin Elster, D.C., upper cervical chiropractor, in Boulder, Colorado, visit her website www.erinelster.com.
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