Home water filters mainly remove various chemicals and contaminants from water to make it safer for consumption and also smell and taste better. What, therefore, should you consider when choosing home water filters?
Know Which Water Filters Are Available
You might mostly come across three types of home water filters, which differ in the location of installation. The first filter is usually placed under the sink, the second type is placed at your main water inlet and the third filter is placed at your tap's nozzle (this filter can be referred to as a water filter pitcher).
All you have to do is decide on which filter installation location suits your needs best. Find out from the water filter company what benefits each provides and that way you might be in a better position to make an informed decision.
What Is the Source of Your Tap Water?
You can either be sourcing your household water from the main public water supply or rainwater. Depending on your source, the water can contain different types of chemicals or organisms.
Most of the time, water from a public water supply is usually treated and it may only contain some chemicals that may not be that toxic to your body. You are, however, advised to boil it before drinking. A home water filter for water sourced from a public water supply usually aims at improving the taste and odour and removing the chemicals present.
When purchasing a home water filter, you may find that they have features that allow them to filter out particular chemicals or organisms. This tells you that you should know what is contained in your water so that you choose a filter that suits your filtering needs.
Water from rainwater cannot be trusted or marked safe for drinking. That is why you are expected to meet certain sanitary Australian standards to ensure that the rainwater you are collecting is clean and safe for household use. You might be required to treat it and also install a filter that, just like mentioned above, filters out the particular chemicals or organisms in your rainwater. You might need to have the rainwater tested to determine its constituents.
When choosing a home water filter, you might want to consider the long term costs. This will help you pick out one of the three aforementioned water filters. Check how long it takes for a particular filter to become clogged and require changing or cleaning.