A Look at Water Filtering Systems (And Protecting Your Health)
There are contaminants in your water. This is a fact. Studies prove there's pharmaceutical residue, PFCs, heavy metals, and even pesticides destroying the purity of global waters. We must take up the task of minimizing the threat contaminants pose to our water supplies. Thankfully, you can invest in a good filter to improve water quality.
Know Your Water Supply
It's important to know what contaminants you're facing. Simply choosing a filter doesn't mean it's providing the security you need.
Here are guidelines to take into consideration.
These devices manage only some contaminants, usually the same ones (such as chlorine). Meanwhile, the water rests in plastic containers and absorbs chemicals from the material. Pitchers may be inexpensive and popular, but pretty much they only improve the odor and taste and, in general, leave common contaminants.
Faucet Mount Filters
Faucet mounted filters minimize exposure to a decent amount of toxins. Examine the fine print to see if it's what you want to remove.
Water Filters for the Countertop
Countertop filters can be gravity fed and freestanding or hooked up to a faucet. The gravity-fed choice will be the savvy one. Maintenance is a snap. Depending on the amount of sediment, maintenance may only be required every few months, if not years.
If your counter space is limited, a plumbed-in feature like an under-sink filter won't take away space. The under-sink filter may not function if you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Whole House Water Filter Systems
You wash dishes. Steam rises. That steam potentially has chloramines and/or chlorine in it. You breathe it in. Dishwashers and washing machines, they expose you.
Whole house filters will not remove the same number of contaminants as drinking water filters, but still, remove contaminants. Using this option shouldn't exclude a quality filter for drinking water.
Some consider fluoride to be a poison while others think of it as a vital supplement to add to public water. It's added to water supplies throughout the country, apparently to protect us from tooth decay. Uniquely designed filters take fluoride out of your water. Reverse osmosis systems are one of the options for removing fluoride.
The massive expense to finance bottled water has left the industry turning to municipal tap. Every bottle you purchase likely contains toxic elements you want to avoid. The contents also rest indefinitely in plastic, gradually absorbing compounds that could threaten your health.
The BIG plus for reverse osmosis -- a purifier that removes ions, unwanted molecules, and large particles -- is that it's a highly regarded method for eliminating contaminates. Unfortunately, it's speculated RO also removes beneficial minerals. RO relies on electricity, meaning it won't operate in an outage.
Distillation is water boiled with the resulting steam getting captured. The vapor is condensed and put into another container, where it reforms as a cleaner substance. Distillation clears the water of minerals and salts and removes unhealthy microbes.
When it comes to water treatments for the home, reverse osmosis vs. distilled water are what the final two options often become. Both are highly regarded and have a proven track record of effectiveness. For the home, though, distillation is a cumbersome process and may not be practical for in-home filtering. Reverse osmosis, on the other hand, is far more accessible to homes and offers a high level of safeguards to remove contaminants from water. If your challenge is choosing one of the two, get a good understanding of what you need a water purifying system to do.