Whole house water filters are a great solution if you need pure water for both cooking and cleaning. But is that all there is to them? Let’s find out in our guide on whether or not you need a whole house water filter.
Whole house water filtration removes physical contaminants
The first thing that whole house water filters do is to remove physical contaminants from your water. This includes large debris like leaves and even worms which can form blockages in your plumbing, if they can access the system. Of course, it’s rare that these kinds of contaminants will actually make it out of your tap and into your sink or- God forbid- your food. But even so, this is one of the many things that whole house water filters can completely prevent. Which brings us onto our next point…
Whole house water filtration removes chemical pollution through reverse osmosis
Not only can they remove physical debris, but whole house water filters can actually remove chemicals which have dissolved into your drinking water. This is through a fairly simple process called reverse osmosis, which sounds more complicated than it really is. Basically, the water is passed through a series of filters which gradually account for and filter out most unwanted chemicals. This can include chemical pollution from factories or waste facilities. But it can also remove the chemicals added to drinking water by municipal and state government.
This includes chlorine, chloramine and fluoride. While research shows that these chemicals are safe at the level found in drinking water, people are nonetheless concerned. With whole house water filters, you can remove these chemicals quickly and easily from your water. When you have a water filter installed, be sure to ask that it removes both chloramine and chlorine. Chlorine is fairly easy to filter, whereas chloramine isn’t- so not all filters can.
Whole house water filtration means you have clean water for cooking and cleaning
Having a whole house water filter means that all of your water, not just some, is clean. Having a water filter on your kitchen tap is great if you just want water for drinking and cooking. But what about your dishwasher, your washing machine and your shower? So all of the contaminants that you wouldn’t want to drink are fine if you just bathe in them instead!? That doesn’t sound right.
These filters can completely remove contaminants before the water enters your plumbing system at all. That means that all the water used in your home is completely purified.
Whole house water filtration extends the lives of your appliances
Since some whole house water filters can remove minerals from hard water, they can also extend the life of your appliances. If you don’t live in an area with hard water, you might not know what we’re talking about… But in some areas, the water contains what’s known as limescale. Limescale is made from naturally occurring minerals, so your water is perfectly safe to drink. But over time, tiny sediments of limescale stick to the inside of your plumbing. Think of it sort of like fat clogging up an artery! The only difference is that limescale is a lot harder to get rid of.
Whole house water filters stop this problem before it starts. They can remove limescale at source, so that it never enters your plumbing at all. This extends the life of your appliances, since it will be longer before they have to be replaced. Washing machines are a great example of this, since limescale and other minerals can build up in your washing machine, and even stop it from working completely. Filters also get rid of the need of having a separate water softener, which is like a whole house water filter, but specifically for filtering out limescale.
Whole house water filtration makes cleaning easier
Since whole house water filters remove minerals from your water, they also make cleaning easier. You’ll especially notice the difference on glass, which should no longer look smeared and stained after washing. That’s because the minerals and chemicals, such as limescale, are the cause of imperfections after cleaning. The same goes for your kitchen sink, your taps, your shower head, and any other metal appliances in your home.
There are a few reasons why you might not need one
One reason why you might not need or want whole house water filtration is if you only plan on filtering your drinking water. If you only need water for drinking and cooking, then we recommend a water filter which fits on your tap instead. Or, alternatively, you could buy a water filter jug. The reason why we recommend these options is that they’re cheaper to replace or maintain, since whole house water filters are larger and require a more expensive filter. If you have a whole house water filter, but you don’t care about washing dishes or taking a shower in pure water, then you’re simply wasting money.
Running all of your water through a whole house water filter can also lower the water pressure. This is because the water supply can only run through the filter at a certain speed. So, for instance, if you’re running your shower, your tap and your washing machine at the same time, it might be too much for your filter to handle. This won’t necessarily cause a fault, but it will most definitely lower your water pressure.