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Choosing A Home Water Purifier System

Apr 23, 2008
Home water filters are easy - just attach to your faucet and use. A home water purifier system is significantly more complicated, but in the end the improved water quality is worth it. While you'll need to include professional installation into the cost and give up some of your under-counter space to it, a good home water purifier system will deliver bottled-quality water to your faucet, giving you quality you're willing to pay for at a fraction of your normal cost. If you use a lot of bottled water and have the space to include it, you should consider installing a home water purifier system.

Ask lots of questions before selecting between home water purifier systems. How long will it go between filter changes, if it needs changes at all? Some systems don't use filters, and others require filters to be changed as often as four or five times a year. If you don't have much space to work with, a filtered system may be more trouble than you want to bother with.

You should know about contaminants home water purifier systems remove. Home water purification systems remove different contaminants, depending on the system you're using. Not all systems will remove the contaminants you need to eliminate, but you may not need every contaminant removed either. Be sure your chosen system takes out whatever you're concerned about. For instance, a UV system is great for removing amoeba from a natural water supply, while a reverse osmosis system removes almost everything but may function better with a UV filter added to kill any living things that slip through.

Cost is an important issue when considering a home water purifier. The least expensive home water purification system is the sort that attaches directly to your faucet, using activated carbon to filter out impurities, but you can go as far as getting an industrial-grade UV system, which destroys every known living contaminant in water more effectively than chlorine ever could, for a little over a thousand dollars. Most home water purification systems are in the two hundred dollar range, but for some, installation may take a professional and therefore cost you a little more. With cost, however, you should also look at how the filter you're choosing works. Some will provide you with all the drinking water you need and more, at bottled-water quality; if you're a big bottled-water drinker, this can save you more than the cost of installation. For those who have hard water and overchlorinated municipal water, a shower water filter can save you a fortune by helping your quality shampoos and body soaps work more effectively.

You'll find four basic types of home water purification systems. Reverse osmosis systems are best for most needs, and keep purified water in a tank beneath your sink after contaminants have been filtered out with an osmotic membrane; they often include a UV purifier and an activated carbon filter as well. UV systems eliminate biological contaminants, making them perfect if you depend on "country" water instead of a municipal supply. Activated carbon filters are cheaper, but remove a limited number of contaminants and need fairly frequent changes. Finally, a KDF-55 filter acts in your showerhead to remove those contaminants, soften water, and eliminate chlorine. Understanding the differences between these different filter types will enable you to make an intelligent choice about which is right for you.
About the Author
Trent Barrett is a consultant who writes for Best-Home-water-Purifiers.com . You can visit their homepage to learn more about Home water Purifiers.
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