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How To Choose Whole House Water Filters

Jun 4, 2008
Whole house water filters and filtration systems can bring countless benefits to a household. Not only do these intensive systems purify drinking water by removing contaminants such as bacteria, they can also offer easy ways to dispense and enjoy water throughout the house.

Whole house water filters use innovative technology at the main water pipe that enters the house. This means that all areas of the house where water is present - showers, bathrooms, the kitchen etc. - can benefit from pure and clean water.

Common contaminants of household water include sediment, carbon, chlorine, iron and rust particles. Over time, these can build up in the drinking water and lead to serious health problems, including cancer, bacterial infections, or viruses. Rust and iron sediment in particular can be dangerous to young children or the elderly.

Drinking water that is contaminated can lead to multiple health problems, including the spreading of viruses. Water treatments that soften the water can help with this imbalance, but a whole house water filter will offer greater benefits in the long term.

You need to pay particular attention to a few things when it comes to choosing a whole house water filter. First, the flow rate of the water filter will tell you the volume of water it can cope with. You need to ensure that this is adequate based on the number of appliances in your home that will be served water by the filter. This calculation will serve to give you a good idea of the size and model of whole house water filter you need to do the best job in your home.

The size you need will also depend on the overall size of your home. Smaller homes will need less water pressure for adequate flow rate than larger homes, so it will be necessary to review the pressure requirements of the household before you can decide on the correct whole house water filter for your home.

How long ago your home was built can have a bearing on the type of filter cartridge that is required. Sediments of various sorts will accumulate over time, so the older the house the stronger the set of filter cartridges will need to be. It is also possible that the older the house the shorter the filter life will be.

Just remember that an adequate amount of time thinking through exactly what whole house water filters best fit your needs and circumstances will pay off in the long run if it prevents you from making potentially expensive mistakes.
About the Author
Alan Allport has spent a considerable amount of time investigating the best whole house water filters on the market. Read his conclusions at http://www.waterfilterpurifiers.com.
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