Having filtered water at home is a priority for many people and buying bottled water can add up over time. Filtering your own is a great option and there are a variety of filtration options available on the market. But what’s the best method for you? In this article, we’re going to give the steps you should take to find the best filtration system for your needs.
Test Your Water
Before you even look into buying a filtration system, you’ll want to know what’s in your water supply. Your local water treatment facility should be able to provide you with a water quality report. You can also use an at-home testing kit to test your drinking water or use a local lab. Finding out what you need to filter will help with the next steps.
Determine Your Type of Filer
It’s very important to understand each filtration system in detail and use the right ones for the types of contaminants in your home. Each filter is designed to remove different compounds from your water supply. Activated carbon filters, for example, will remove heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, chlorine, and some VOCs. Other contaminants may need to be removed using other systems. If your water contains arsenic, you’ll need a distillation system.
Decide on Location
You can choose either a whole-house or point-of-use filter system. Point of entry filters are designed to filter the water before it enters your home. One example is an AquaOx filter for your whole house which takes the fuss out of the process. Point-of-use systems include faucet and sink systems, water bottles, and water pitchers.
The whole-house models are often used to remove minerals and unpleasant tastes so your entire water system from the sink to the bathroom will have these compounds removed.
Find a NSF Certified System
No matter what type of filtration system you use, you’ll want to look for a system that is certified by NSF International. This means that the system has gone through rigorous testing and actually does remove the contaminants that it claims. If you’re not sure whether your filtration system does this, you can always check the NSF website for more information. Without this certification, you may be settling for a system that doesn’t provide the services you need.
Inspect the System
If you already have a system, make sure that it’s being inspected on a scheduled basis. Many filtration systems are installed and then left alone where they start to break down over time. Regulations change so you may need to have a professional inspect your system or have it upgraded. Even water filtration pitchers are often forgotten about. In addition to maintenance, change the filters as needed. Most systems that use filters will have guidelines on how often they need to be changed. Make reminders for yourself so you don’t forget to do this important task.
Although your water may not be unpleasant tasting, it’s still important to make sure that your water source is safe from contaminants that can hurt you or your family. After getting your water tested, you may want to consider using these steps to put in a filtration system.