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The Perfect Whole House Water Filter

May 22, 2008
Concerned about the water quality from your water? Maybe you live in the country and have to use a well supply, or you're not so sure about your municipal supply, or you just have very hard water. In any of these situations, you may want to install a whole house water filter. These systems install at your main water intake and remove a wide range of contaminants before water even touches your pipes.

There are some very good reasons for installing whole house water filters. For one, these devices remove much of the chlorine in your water, eliminating the growing modern problem of chloroform contamination in your house when chlorine vaporizes in the shower or when you run hot water devices. For another, they can contribute toward softening your water, eliminating many of the minerals that make your soaps and shampoos work poorly and saving you money. In addition, fewer contaminants means you won't have residue on your body, your shower wall, or your dishes.

Your drinking water with a whole house water filter will be improved in every water source. A really good water filtration system ensures you have bottle-quality water from every tap, from your kitchen to your bathroom.

A whole house water filter is a home improvement project, and should be approached as such. While it is a significant expense, it also adds to your home's value. These filters will take up about half the space of a standard water heater, and you'll need to hire a professional plumber to install them. Filters need to be changed out once or twice a year, depending on the type of filters you have and how contaminated your water is. Costs of your whole house water filter will be offset by savings on bottled water purchasing and by the decrease in the amount of soaps you'll need to use; if you have a problem with indoor air quality, a whole house water filter can often improve that as well, and the lung health of your entire family.

There are several different varieties of whole house water filters; most work on a three-stage system. First, the water coming into your house is allowed to settle in a sediment tank, any large pieces removed at that point. Next, the settled water is forced through a carbon or ceramic filter to eliminate chemical and biological contaminants. Finally, a redox potential high filter, like certain metallic filters, is used to remove the chlorine from your water before it circulates further in the system. With this three-tiered system, nearly all the contaminants are removed from your water, but the beneficial minerals like fluoride and calcium are still dissolved in the water, giving it a better taste as well as contributing to your health.

Choose your whole house water filter carefully. You'll need to find out what contaminants are in your water at the main source; if you have no idea how to go about this, your water company may test it for you for free, or they'll be able to tell you where to go to have it tested. Worry more about removing all the contaminants that are a problem in your water than about how much your filter is going to cost; it will pay for itself, but only if you get every contaminant at the source. And find out how and when to change filters, and how much filters are going to add to your bill each year.
About the Author
Trent Barrett is a consultant who reviews water filters at whole House Water Purifiers. You can visit their homepage to learn more about Home water Purifiers.
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