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Best Whole House Water FiltersChoosing the Best Whole House Water Filter is not that hard. It requires some basic knowledge about your water source, and some planning for the type of system and contaminants that you want to remove.
How Whole House Systems WorkProperly sized Whole House Filter System will filter out chlorine and trap other contaminants, such as sediment and rust, Volatile Organic Compounds, metals and others that can be present in your water source. Pollutants are removed from water through the processes of Particulate Filtration, Adsorption, Absorption, Ion Exchange, Catalytic Conversion, Oxidation-Reduction, Ultrafiltration, Ultraviolet Sterilization and several others. Read more about how whole house filters work.
Differences Between Whole House Filters and Water SoftenersWater Softeners are drinking water systems that remove calcium and several other minerals (such as magnesium) from water. A typical softener works via an Ion Exchange process, whereby calcium molecules get attached to the media in the tank. Because typically there's lots of calcium in drinking water (hundreds, and occasionally even a thousand or more parts per million or mg/L) media gets exhausted pretty quickly and needs to be regenerated periodically.
Whole House Water Filters typically leave calcium in drinking water and are designed to remove or reduce other harmful chemicals.
Choosing a SystemWater Softeners are a good whole house system to protect your home from harmful effects of high levels of hardness and scale build-up. However , if you are not in the area affected by that, your choice differ depending on which water issue you are trying to solve. It is also not that uncommon to see a softener (or anti-scale conditioner) and a whole house filter to be installed together.
We present various water solutions in this easy to read table:
If you have a water problem that may not be on the list, or there's more than one issue, it is imperative that you do a water analysis and then talk to a Water Quality Professional. If your plumber is not involved in water filtration, there may be significantly complex health and system issues that need to be address in a properly designed water filtration system. Contact field experts to get help.
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