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Pick The Right Drinking Water Filter System

May 23, 2008
Clean, pure drinking water is important for your family's health. It can be as simple as picking up a cheap faucet-mounted filter for your kitchen sink, or as complex as having a plumber install an under-the-counter system with a reservoir, depending on your home's needs. Are you a heavy drinker of bottled water? Go for the under-counter water filter system, with its store-quality clean water. Just need your tap water to taste a little better? The faucet-mounted system is fine. For country water with biological contaminants, the UV system may be just what the doctor ordered.

For water that just needs a little improvement, stick with the simple activated-charcoal tap mounted water filter systems. These are good for water with little contamination and relatively good flavor, using activated charcoal to filter out chlorine and any slight problems in water and give you clean pure drinking water. Ceramic water filter systems work in similar fashion, using diatomaceous earth as a filter.

If you have a lower-quality water system that deliver water heavy on chlorine or bad tastes, you probably spend too much every month on bottled water. A reverse osmosis drinking water filter will get rid of nasty tastes and heavy chemicals, and turn your tap water into bottled-quality drinking water. These systems are more expensive than the simple filters and usually must be installed by a plumber, and you'll need some space under your sink for the reservoir. Once it's in, however, you'll be able to get water that has been cleansed of almost every contaminant for only pennies per gallon - and you'll never want to buy bottled water again.

The problem with a reverse osmosis water filter system: it takes a lot of water to flush away the contaminants, as many as ten gallons for every one gallon of drinking water produced. They also filter water very slowly; it can take all night to fill your reservoir. And a single biological contaminant in the reservoir can contaminate your whole system. Often, reverse osmosis water filter systems use an ultraviolet purifier to shine strong UV light into the reservoir, killing any biological contaminants before they can proliferate and sicken you and your family.

Besides having clean drinking water, there's at least one other reason for getting a home water filter system: to have clean water to bathe in. Hard water can leave residue and make your soaps and shampoos work more poorly, and chlorine can vaporize into chloroform, a gas that can irritate your lungs and is particularly bad for asthmatics and others with lung problems. For these homes, a whole house water filter system may be a good idea. Though you'll need a good plumber to install it right, you'll have a healthier family and cleaner water, and your home will have purer air.
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Article by Trent Barrett, writer for whole house water purifiers. You can visit their homepage to learn more about home water purification systems
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