Water Filter System Buying Guide

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Water Filter System Buying Guide

With tap water containing added chemicals and bottled water even less regulated than tap, many consumers have turned to using a water filtration system in their home. Water filters come in a variety of shapes and sizes; some are carafes, others are placed on a faucet, and still others are attached to the plumbing and used to filter all the water in an entire house. Water filters also vary in terms of what they filter out and how the water tastes afterward. For example, some health experts warn that too much filtering can be bad thing because it removes important minerals.

The types of filters available are: carafe filters, faucet-mounted filters, countertop filters, under-sink filters, reverse-osmosis filters and whole-house filters. Buyers can easily browse and purchase all these types of water filtration options on eBay.


Analyse Filtration Needs

The type of filter needed depends on water consumption as well as the design of the house.

First, it's critical to determine the amount of filtered water that is needed. For example, a family of six most likely requires more than a simple carafe filter because it cannot filter enough water in a day to accommodate the consumption needs of so many people. On the other hand, a carafe could be the perfect solution for a single-person household. Also, buyers should decide whether it makes sense to filter all the water coming from every faucet in the house, or if only filtering the kitchen faucet for drinking makes the most sense. If it's necessary to filter all the water, consumers should explore the whole-house filtration systems.

The second thing to consider is finding space for the filter. For example, a tiny fridge that is always packed with food won't accommodate a carafe filter very well. Also, consumers with limited counter space should avoid countertop filters and opt for the carafe, faucet-mounted or under-sink filters instead. Similarly, some homes have little to no space under the sink, so an under-sink filter is not an ideal solution.


Identify Water Contaminates

The contaminants in tap water vary from city to city. To ensure the chosen filter is the right kind, it's critical to understand the specific contaminants found in local tap or well water. For tap water, the easiest route is to read the water quality report required by law to be filed annually. Many of these can be found on your local government website. For well water, it's a bit more complicated. In most cases, consumers need to get a test kit and send the sample to a local lab for analysis.

Once the size and location of the filter are chosen, check to see that the filter will remove all the particular contaminants located in the water source.

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