Approximately 90% of Americans receive their water from a municipal water supplier. Certain regions have better water quality than others and many regions have hard water issues that can affect your health, appliances, and plumbing system. For this reason, many homeowners make the decision to add a final barrier to ensure that their water is clean, fresh, and safe to use. Before you choose a water treatment system for your home, here are seven important things to consider.
1. The Existing Water Purity
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with pretty good water, you may not need an elaborate filtration system. To find out which system is right for your needs, it’s important to learn the makeup of your existing water. You can get a basic water testing kit from a store, but it’s not the most accurate option. It’s a better idea to invest in a laboratory test to discover the exact contaminants present. You may want to contact a local water treatment specialist to coordinate this for you and they can offer helpful advice on local water conditions.
2. Chemical Contamination Levels
If there are high levels of chemical contamination in your area, you may want to invest in a granular activated carbon (GAC) filter. This is an effective method if you want to remove chlorine or chloramine, which is a commonly used disinfectant in municipal water systems.
3. High Sediment Levels
Some areas have higher sediment levels than others due to geographical features or activity that takes place there. Sediment can damage filtration systems if adequate protections are not in place. Adding a sediment filter as the first barrier means that you can protect other filtration systems and make your water clear.
4. The Flow Rate
An efficient water filtration system should be able to sustain a flow rate of around 7 gpm (gallons per minute). If the flow rate cannot be matched to your home, you can become frustrated with the lack of water pressure. The flow rate is extremely important if you want to maintain your quality of life and enjoy better quality water.
5. Power Consumption Requirements
When people shop for a water filtration system, they can ignore the energy consumption ratings. But, if you purchase a system that needs more power than another option you could be wasting money with higher energy bills. This may not be significant if you’re getting the performance that you need but it can be a less efficient method.
6. Expected Lifespan
Water filtration systems are not created equally and some equipment will be better than others. This may seem obvious and in many cases, you get what you pay for. The expected lifespan matters, but the warranties, guarantees, and other costs of ownership can be important considerations.
7. Whole House or Point-of-Use
A whole house system supplies clean water to every tap and appliance in your home. A point-of-use system is a modest alternative that supplies filtered water to a single tap. Most POU systems are installed at the kitchen tap to supply water for drinking and cooking.
If you’re considering a water filtration system for your home, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.