How to Choose a Whole House Water Filtration System

How to Choose a Whole House Water Filtration System

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Home water filtration systems remove impurities to provide clean water and combat water quality issues that can cause issues for homeowners. There are several types of systems available for use at home and seemingly endless models of each type.

So how do you choose a filtration system for your home amidst such a vast selection? The pros at Estes Services share some advice to help you simplify your selection process and find the best water filtration system for your needs.

Why Do You Want a Water Filtration System?

Different types of water filtration systems are designed to treat different water quality issues. One type of water filter system does not necessarily treat the same issues as another so it’s important to start your selection process by considering why you want to install such a system in the first place. When you have a specific water quality issue that you want to address, it will be easier to find the water filtration system that functions the way you need it to. 

If you don’t like the taste of your home’s water…

Tap water may taste bad to a person for several reasons. Chlorine added to drinking water supplies through chlorination is meant to kill off parasites, viruses, and bacteria within the water supply. Consuming small amounts of chlorine through drinking water is not harmful, but many people don’t like how it tastes. Water in some areas can be heavy with certain minerals that affect the taste of drinking water or even its smell. 

When the taste of drinking water is the primary concern, homeowners often opt to choose water filtration systems that use activated carbon filters. These filters can reduce odors and unwanted tastes present in the home’s water supply. Reverse osmosis water filtration systems can improve taste issues while also removing certain chemicals that may be present in the water.

If you want to remove germs from your home’s water…

Certain germs and parasites that may be present in water supplies can be harmful to people with weakened immune systems, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. If this is your concern, it’s critical to examine the labeling of any water filtration systems you are considering. Factors such as pore size, NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) testing and standards show if a particular filter or system is effective against a certain organism but not necessarily against others. 

What Solutions Do You Need?

Water filtration systems are quite specific, with different models using varying methods to treat one or a number of water quality issues. It’s possible that a single whole house water filtration system will meet your needs, but it may be necessary to combine different types of water filtration systems to deliver the exact results you are looking for.

Think about the volume of filtered water your household will need each day. If you only want to filter drinking water and your household is small, you probably don’t need a big system. If you want to filter drinking water as well as tap water for bathing, and your household has several members, you will need a larger solution.

When you know the issues you want to address using water filtration systems, you’ll be able to identify solutions that work how you need them to. Whole home water filtration systems treat all water that enters the home. Though technically not filters, water softeners are a whole house system used to treat hard water. Other whole house water filtration systems may be installed if you wish to remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from your water. To address taste and odor issues in drinking water, you may wish to add an under-sink filtration system in the kitchen.

Choosing Water Filtration Systems for Your Home

With so many options available, choosing a water filtration system can feel confusing on your own. The water treatment professionals of Estes Services are here to help you with your selection. Let our team explain your options and find the best solution to address the water quality issues you face. Contact us today to request a consultation.