If you're worried about the quality of your home's water, you have plenty of options to address your concerns. While most American tap water is perfectly safe to drink, that doesn't necessarily mean that it will meet everyone's standards for taste or appearance. Even if there's nothing harmful in your water, you may want to make it more pleasant to drink and use.
Options for addressing these issues range from purchasing bottled water to installing filters on your faucets. However, a whole-house filter is often superior to these choices for numerous reasons. If you're currently taking these smaller-scale approaches, keep reading for three reasons: installing a whole-home system can offer numerous benefits.
1. Less Waste
Arguably the least efficient and most wasteful way to deal with water quality issues is by purchasing bottled water. While bottled water can have its place, it's important to understand that it often comes from similar sources to the water from your tap. In other words, you're not necessarily receiving a higher quality of water but generating far more waste from used bottles.
Many partial filtration systems also result in more waste than a whole-home filter. For example, you may need to replace filters on water pitchers, under-sink systems, or faucet-based systems more often. Since whole-home filters are larger and treat all your water at once, you won't need to constantly buy, store, and throw away smaller filter cartridges.
2. Targeted Filtration
Most filtered pitchers and faucet filters use simple activated carbon filters. These filters can improve taste and remove some contaminants, but they won't address all water quality. Depending on your reason for wanting to filter your water, they may not address your quality concerns at all. On the other hand, whole-house filters typically have options for multiple filter types to address various problems.
A good approach is to test your water before choosing a filter. Once you know what's in the water coming into your home, you can choose an option that offers targeted filtration. This strategy ensures you get the most bang for your buck by removing the qualities of your water that bother you the most.
3. Less Maintenance and Upkeep
With a whole-house filter, you'll typically only need to maintain the unit by replacing the filter element regularly. Since you have one filter for your entire home, you don't need to worry about changing many individual filters beneath sinks, on pitchers, or attached to faucets. For most of the year, your filter will be a simple "set it and forget it" appliance.
Ultimately, water filtration needs vary, which means the best option for every household will also vary. Still, whole-house filters typically offer the best combination of efficiency, maintenance, and filtration, making them a choice worth considering if you're looking for a way to improve your home's water quality and taste.
For more information about water filtration system installations, contact a local company.