You may have heard or read that some water from your domestic supply is not as clean and as risk free as you thought. More and more people are looking to get a quick, easy and low-cost way of getting cleaner water for their entire house – which is where a whole house water filter comes in. Compared to water jugs with filters built-in, from manufacturers such as Britta, a whole house filter system will deliver the filtered water direct to your tap, which is much more convenient. One of the issues you will come across if you decide to buy one of these, is that there are many different models on the market to choose from. This article will describe the pros and cons of using a whole house system so that you can make an educated decision before you buy. I suspect that your first question will be if this type of system is right for you and your family. Also, will it fit in your house? Some home may be more difficult to retro-fit than others. If you are renting a property, you will most likely not be able to fit a whole house water filter, but check with your landlord to see if they will allow you to. After all, they will benefit in the long run. Let’s look at a few of the benefits and drawbacks of using water filters or, in particular, whole house systems.
The obvious main benefit is that they can provide clean water to your whole house, via one single filtering unit. Other systems may require that you have devices attached to each faucet, but with this type, the entire house benefits from cleaner water. This will be ideal for large houses with lots of bathrooms, showers or sinks. You might be thinking that having filtered water in your shower or bath may not be something you need – however, studies have found that chemicals commonly present in domestic water supplies, such as chlorine, will be able to enter your body quicker when it is in the steam from your shower, than if you sat in a bath. Information like that may change your mind about where you need a water filter in your home.
Another obvious benefit as I stated earlier is that you have only need for one main filter system, rather than separate ones around your home. There are cost benefits from having a filter in a central location and is the obvious choice for providing water for the whole house. It is much easier to install and maintain than having single filters in each room. Although you will have to change the cleaning filter in a whole house system, changing a filter in each room suddenly becomes much more expensive. Therefore, the cost of a central system immediately outweighs separately installed ones. With the benefits, there are also some drawbacks that you will need to be aware of too. The main one is the cost of installation, which will have to be performed by a professional tradesman. Although it is just a one-off cost, it will certainly stretch to over several hundred dollars. You could try to fit it yourself if you have the skills, but you must be able to plumb, solder and fit the device securely to ensure that there are no leaks. Buying the filter and a fitting service is the best advice and will keep your stress and the cost to a minimum.
Cost is in important factor and you may initially be put off by the higher price of a whole house water filter system. However, it is good to remember the benefits you will be getting. One single filter system, compared to several disparate units that all require their own maintenance will be more effective over time. If you project the costs over time, the whole house filter will work out more cost effective, due to the lower maintenance fees. Normally, the whole house water filters will require that you change the chemical filter once every ten years or more (dependent on the model).