If you are a novice in water filtering technologies, deciding on a water filter for your home or office can be quite the task. In order to help you save some time and effort, we have created a short water filter buying guide that lists some of the things you should consider when buying a water filter.
The following water filter shopping tips can help you narrow down your choices and find the best water filter that meets your needs.
– Assess the quality of your water source. Most water filter experts agree that the first step in choosing a water filter for your home or office, is analysing the quality of your water source and finding out what, if anything, is contaminating your water. Water quality test kits are available online and can help you determine whether your water is hard, acidic, whether there are any harmful bacteria or heavy metals in your water source.
– Once you have found the problem with your water supply, decide on the filter type. This step is a bit more difficult as there so many options to choose from, but the quality of your water will help you determine the type of water filter that you need. Thus, if your water is hard, but is otherwise up to par, you will need water softeners to prevent lime-scale build-ups. If your water is acidic, an alkaline filter can help you raise the pH level of water and can help you deliver your body a host of essential nutrients and trace elements. If your water contains toxic contaminants, you will probably need to install a point-of-entry water filter, also called a whole house water filter system. If however, taste is the only issue with your water, a point-of-use or faucet type water filter will suffice.
– Electricity or no electricity? Some filters like UV water filters use electricity to function, albeit their consumption is very low. Other filters, like gravity-fed water filters or reverse osmosis systems do not need electricity to operate. Reverse osmosis water filters run on water pressure, but some RO systems do need electricity, especially in places where water pressure is not satisfactory and an electric pressure pump has to be added to the system.
– Compare and contrast. Compare what each water filter can do, their price and contrast them with what you need to filter out from your water. Your water contains lots of chlorine, but the filter that you are reading about does not filter out chlorine? Find the one that does!
– Read water filter reviews. Genuine customer reviews can be very helpful in getting to know more about a certain brand, the level of customer satisfaction with a certain water filter model, the quality of the product and quality of the filtered water.
– When in doubt, ask for more information. Can’t decide between two water filters? Ask about the pros and cons of each filter, and ask to get more information if you don’t understand something in the product description.
It is important to be well-informed about things that ultimately influence our health and well-being. A good water filter will take care to provide you with high-quality filtered water and offer permanent solutions to your filtration needs.