What to Consider When Buying a Water Filter

Buying bottled water is one of the fastest ways to getting your hands on clean, filtered water. But over time, it can become an expensive option. Many homeowners rely on tap water but that is an unhealthy and deadly choice.

Last year, The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a petition requesting the EPA to place a ban on industries that dump waste in potential drinking water sources.

This makes one wonder if the water we’re consuming is safe to drink. Fortunately, even with chlorine, lead, and fluoride present in drinking water, it’s possible to remove them completely. This can be done through water filter systems. But, choosing the right water filter for your home can be a difficult choice to make.

With a plethora of options available, individuals can become confused about which system will work for them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a filter for your home:

Carbon Water Filters

If there’s a foul smell emitting from your water, and it tastes terrible, a filter that contains activated carbon is the solution. If you want to remove chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, and other pathogens, carbon block filters are built for this purpose.

But some carbon filters don’t reduce the amount of lead completely. A solid block and pre-coat absorption filter can trap the lead, removing it completely. So, if you’re going for a carbon water filter, make sure to check for certification and the label.

You can also ask for proof to confirm that it is equipped with a solid-block and pre-coat absorption filter.

Reverse Osmosis Filters

Reverse Osmosis filters are ideal for removing salt, toxic heavy metals, nitrates and asbestos from drinking water.

They were originally built for converting saltwater into freshwater. Most models of RO filters contain pre-filters and post-filters that can detect pesticides, herbicides and radon. While they don’t remove chlorine from the water, you can ask your water filter company to see if there are alternatives for this. The post-filter helps improve the taste of the water should be replaced annually.

Countertop Filters

Countertops filters come with a warranty and NSF certification. As their name suggests, they can be installed on the kitchen counter, or next to the sink. They come equipped with a replaceable cartilage. They remove contaminants such as lead, cysts, chloramines, chlorine, and mercury.

At Ava Water Filter, we offer homeowners effective and affordable solutions to their water filtration problems. If you’re looking for a water purifier to remove fluoride, mercury, and chlorine, feel free to get in touch with us.