With stories in the news about elevated lead levels in water and some concern over minerals and other agents added to public water, many people are concerned about what they can do at home to increase the safety of their water. Fortunately, there are a number of different solutions to fit unique concerns. Depending on your circumstances and concerns, there are many different ways to go about applying water filters, and picking the right one is just a matter of isolating your unique requirements and limitations.
If you are worried about minerals and other potential contaminants in your water, the first question should be where you think the problem is coming from. If you’re worried about contaminants from the corrosion of old pipes, the question comes down to whether you have a new home. If you have a new home, your city could still be using old pipes, so you’ll want to filter water as it comes into the house.
Kinds Of In-Home Water Filtration Systems
Whole House Water Filtration Systems
Whole House Water Filtration Systems or Point-of-Entry systems are installed at one location in your home and filter the water as it enters your home. This sort of system is also good for people worried about minerals and cleaning agents like chlorine and fluoride that are added to many public water reserves. There are also Point-of-Entry systems that focus on eliminating microbes and other contaminants from the water.
If you have an older house, however, the pipes in your own home may be part of the problem. For these cases, it makes more sense to use Point-of-use systems – provided you don’t intend on changing all of your pipes. These systems are also good for renters who want to safeguard their water-quality but may not have access to the point of entry in their building.
Where there are only three main types of Point-of-Entry systems, there are many different kinds of Point-of-Use systems. Some of these mount on faucets or inside of refrigerator doors to provide clean drinking water at the source, while others take the form of filtered pitchers. Larger systems that don’t take up space in the fridge or in the sink can also be purchased for installation under the faucet.
Water-Filtering and Softening shower heads
While these may not work for showers, there are also water-filtering and softening shower heads. Showering isn’t a great source of water ingestion (for most people) but some of the salts added to many public water reserves can contribute to drying-out or irritation of the skin, as well as forming hard build-up that can be difficult to clean.
While these units are significantly cheaper than larger Point-of-Entry systems, individual units are required at each water outlet so the cost can add up if you have a lot of outlets that you want to filter. The filters in these systems are also smaller, and so may need to be replaced more often, meaning additional expenses. On the other hand, if you are renting and only have a few water outlets in an apartment this method will certainly be easier and cheaper than trying to have a larger system installed.