Purpose of Water Filters
Water Filters are designed to remove impurities from the water supply like chlorine odor and taste, sediment and more. They should be used with water that is already ‘microbiologically safe,' usually chlorinated water delivered by the community water supply. There are more than 2100 known drinking water toxins that may be present in tap water, including several known bacteria. The only way to ensure pure, pollutant-free drinking water is through the use of a filtration system. If your water is municipally treated, you don’t usually need protection from bacteria but from chlorine and its by-products, among other health hazards. This requires an appropriately configured water filter. Water filters are not required to have certification, but most will have approval from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or other independent testing labs.
Filtration vs. Purification
In the water industry, people often use the terms filter and purify interchangeably, and while they are very similar, there are differences. Filtration involves using various components to remove contaminants from water. These systems can be used to remove even the tiniest of particles, often including bacteria and microbial cysts. They can be permanent or portable. However, it is important to note that water filtration systems do not treat viruses in any way.
Purification is a process that neutralizes viruses, focusing on those that relate to the overall safety of the water: biological contaminants, chemicals, and other materials. This is a chemical process utilizing either iodine or chlorine. It is important to remember that simply purifying water cannot always remove other impurities found in the water.
Types of Water Filters
- Whole house filters are set up through the main water line that comes into the house. This type removes contaminants from all the water entering your home. A whole house system is good for removing particles like rust and sediment.
- Under sink filters come in a variety of styles. Some models take multiple cartridges. Each type of under sink filter is designed to remove different contaminants. Some may only remove particles while others may have additional cartridges to remove odor and taste problems. These can be bought according to the particular need based on the contaminants in your water.
- Faucet-mount filters are easy to install and to remove. Only the water coming out of the faucet where it is installed is filtered. Usually no mounting is required as most simply screw onto the faucet. This type also comes in a variety that can be chosen based upon what contaminants are in your water.
- Pitcher filters are the simplest form. These filters are basically just a pitcher with a filtration system in the lid. Water is poured in, goes through the filter and then can be consumed.
- Refrigerator filters purify any water and ice producing fresh and clean-tasting water, free of impurities and sediment.
- Countertop filters come in a variety of styles. Some require cartridges and others do not. These are good for filtering a large amount of water without additional plumbing. They are easy to install. However, one disadvantage is they do not fit certain faucets properly and additional fittings may be required.
- Shower filters reduce the amount of chlorine and other chemicals we absorb from tap water through our skin and by inhaling the chemical gases that are emitted when the water is heated. When using a shower filter, you will notice your skin and hair feel much softer. Most shower filters are easy to install and they typically use carbon filtration as the primary method.
Water Filter Product Selection
We offer a complete selection of pitcher, faucet mount, counter top, under the sink, whole house, refrigerator, and shower filters.