Saturday, 3 May 2008

Finding The Best Home Water Purifier Systems

Home water filters are easy - just attach to your faucet and use. A home water purifier system is significantly more complicated, but in the end the improved water quality is worth it. While you'll need to include professional installation into the cost and give up some of your under-counter space to it, a good home water purifier system will deliver bottled-quality water to your faucet, giving you quality you're willing to pay for at a fraction of your normal cost. If you use a lot of bottled water and have the space to include it, you should consider installing a home water purifier system.

When you're looking for the best home water purification system, there are several questions you should ask. First, how long will it last without needing a filter to be changed? This isn't just important from the perspective of cost, but also convenience. Depending on where your home water purification system is installed, one that requires frequent changing could be more trouble than it's worth.

Home water purification systems also vary widely in the types of contaminants they remove. Not every system will remove the contaminants you need to eliminate. Before you invest in one, make sure it removes the things you need to get rid of. One system, the reverse osmosis system, will remove almost every contaminant you may be concerned about, but it takes up a lot of room and may not be appropriate for every location in your home.

How much does the home water purification system cost? Cheap systems are simple and attach directly to your faucet; they remove contaminants by filtering water through activated carbon, but don't get much. On the high end, industrial-grade UV systems destroy all biological contaminants, like bacteria and amoeba, far more effectively and safely than chlorine, but can cost over a thousand dollars. Most systems run around $200 or a little more, but installation may cost you more if you need to have a plumber or other professional install it. Offset the cost with an assessment of how much your bottled water is costing you. Also, if you're examining a shower filter, your filter will save you money in quality shampoos and body soaps; these filters remove drying and damaging chlorine, and will help your expensive bath products work the way they're supposed to.

You'll find four basic types of home water purification systems. Reverse osmosis systems are best for most needs, and keep purified water in a tank beneath your sink after contaminants have been filtered out with an osmotic membrane; they often include a UV purifier and an activated carbon filter as well. UV systems eliminate biological contaminants, making them perfect if you depend on "country" water instead of a municipal supply. Activated carbon filters are cheaper, but remove a limited number of contaminants and need fairly frequent changes. Finally, a KDF-55 filter acts in your showerhead to remove those contaminants, soften water, and eliminate chlorine. Understanding the differences between these different filter types will enable you to make an intelligent choice about which is right for you.

Trent Barrett is a consultant who writes for You can visit their homepage to learn more about Home Water Purifiers.

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