Home Water Filtration Buyer’s Guide

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Griffin Plumbing’s home water filtration experts understand that water is the common thread of life. Water hydrates us and assists us in living a healthy lifestyle. It washes away dirt and sweat, it can help us relax and clear our minds, and it assists us in many of our daily tasks, such as cooking and cleaning.

With this inevitable impact on our lives, shouldn’t we take special care to ensure that the water we bring into our homes, and rely on to care for our families, is of the best quality? Here is a quick rundown of the types of home water filtration systems on the market, and some helpful tips for families and businesses in Orcutt, Santa Maria, and throughout the Central Coast.

Under Counter Filters

First and foremost is the under counter filter, which is generally mounted underneath your kitchen sink, island sink, or at your wet bar. This is the longest-lasting home water filtration option, and is ideal for a household that wants filtered water on demand, 24 hours a day.

An under counter filter system includes its own faucet, which is only used for the filtered water. These systems average 10 times the reduction of water contaminants you would get from a filtered pitcher. As an added bonus, this system is completely contained under your sink, so no one will see it. Remember though, that this system is the most complex water filtration option and therefore tends to be more expensive than the alternatives. This purchase should be considered an investment in your home and your family’s wellbeing.

Reverse Osmosis Filter System

An alternative to the advanced under-counter systems is a reverse osmosis filter system. In general, most reverse osmosis systems work the same way. The systems consist of a pre-filter, carbon filter, a permeable membrane, and a post-filter. Advantages of the reverse osmosis filter include the ability to remove over 70 contaminants from your water, such as heavy metals, fluoride and arsenic.

The disadvantage of this system is the potential for water waste. In some cases nearly 50% of the water that is processed through a reverse osmosis filter does not end up as purified water. This means that while the filter is only giving you clean, refreshing water, you could be wasting just as much water as you are keeping. Some systems are able to recycle that water, but there are pros and cons to doing so.

Pitcher Filters

Pitcher water filters have become very common in households, due to their low initial cost and convenience. While it is better to have a pitcher filter than no system at all, it is important to understand the limited capability of the product. Pitcher filters are only designed to remove the taste and odor of chlorine from your drinking water, leaving you with fresh-tasting water.

The downside is that you are unaware of the other possible chemicals, minerals, and contaminants that may still be in your drinking water. Also, the filters in the pitcher systems generally only last up to 90 days and can get very expensive to continuously replace over time. The money you spend on the pitcher system over a year could pay for a faucet mount filter, which would not require as much regular maintenance.

Faucet Mount Filters

An affordable alternative to pitcher filtration is the faucet-mounted water filter. This filter is easily attached to your main kitchen faucet. It treats the water as it runs out of the faucet by using the water pressure to push the clean water through the filter. These systems generally only fit onto standard size kitchen faucets and the system will be visible to your guests, however, the filter can last more than a year, making it cost-effective.

Want help finding the best home water filtration system for your family and budget? Call Griffin Plumbing at (805) 934-1949 today!