5 Types of Water Filters to Consider for Your Home
We all know that drinking about eight glasses of water a day is important to our well-being. But how can you be sure that the water you’re consuming is clean and healthy? Since loading up on bottled water isn’t economical or good for the environment, many of our customers are looking for ways to filter their water.
There are several types of water filters for homes, including whole-house systems, faucet filters, under-sink filters, filter pitchers, and refrigerator dispensers. The right choice depends on your budget, the desired thoroughness of filtration, and how often you want to replace filters.
The most common types of home filters
1. Whole-house water filtration system
The easier and most consistent way to improve the water quality of every faucet is with a whole-house water filter. This type of system hooks up to your plumbing system’s water supply to remove contaminants, excessive minerals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other impurities. While it has the highest upfront cost of filtration methods, it can also be the most effective and require less maintenance.
2. Faucet filters
Incorporating a filter with a high-demand faucet (such as in the kitchen) is a popular option because it offers a good balance of convenience and effectiveness. There are two types of faucet filters:
- Faucet-mounted filter – attaches to the spout of the faucet, and can be switched on (to filter water as it exits the faucet) or off (releasing unfiltered water)
- Integrated faucet filter – where the filter built into the faucet design (eliminating the bulky attachment of the mounted filter)
3. Under-sink filets
Under-stink water filters are small appliances connected to the water supply to filter the water of a single faucet. Since the filters are larger than faucet filters, they tend to be more effective at removing containments, but they are also more expensive.
4. Water filter pitchers
Typically the most cost-efficient method for filtering, a water filter pitcher is filled with tap water. The water gradually passes through a small internal filter before it is ready to be consumed. These products can be useful if you only need a small amount of filtered water, but they require frequent filter changes and can be slow to refill at higher volumes.
5. Refrigerator filter
When shopping for home appliances, you can look for a refrigerator with a built-in water dispenser and filter. Many homeowners prefer the taste of this filtered, cold water over tap water. Just remember to replace the filter on a regular basis.
Talk to a plumber about your home’s water quality
If you want to improve your home’s water quality, the best place to start is by talking to an experienced plumber. While filters are a smart option, they’re not the only way to ensure clean, pure water is flowing through faucets.