Which is Right for you?
A water filter’s basic purpose is to remove contaminants from water to make it safe for drinking; not all water filters are created equal, however. If you’d like to be able to consume your tap water knowing it is completely free of harmful chemicals and toxins, and therefore safe for drinking, you should understand the different types that are available and what they can accomplish. Then, you can determine, based on your needs, what is right for you. Here are some of the most common types of water filters you can choose from.
In these types of filters, activated charcoal, which is a form of carbon, is treated with oxygen to become more porous and adsorb (meaning to attach by chemical reaction) contaminants from the water, such as chlorine. Carbon filters are great at eliminating odors and making water taste better. The disadvantages to this type of filter, however, is that some contaminants will pass through the charcoal, and eventually the pores will all become filled and the filter must be replaced.
UV filters are one of the newest technologies in water filtration, and are therefore highly effective at eliminating bacteria and viruses. However, it is not effective at treating all types of contaminants, as any substance that is not a living organism, such as lead and chlorine, will not be affected by ultraviolet light.
Reverse osmosis works by applying pressure to separate water from contaminants. The filters contain a membrane with microscopic holes that trap the contaminants, while pure water passes through to the other side. The advantages of reverse osmosis are that it requires no electricity and is therefore a cost-effective option, it removes viruses and parasites, and greatly reduces salt and inorganic matter. The main drawbacks are that it requires high water pressure to function properly, some organic compound may remain in the treated water, and the filters need to be changed periodically.
Distilled water is some of the purest water available, as the process through which water is distilled removes many of the contaminants that other filters, such as carbon, fail to remove, including salt, minerals, metals, and chloride. When the purified water evaporates, any bacteria, viruses, or protozoa that were present are killed or left behind as well. The primary drawback is that it can take hours to produce the desired amount of water and a large amount of electricity is generated.
Now that you know your most basic options and the pros and cons of each, you may find that you are not satisfied with the tradeoffs. WAVE Home Solutions offers a variety of systems and filtration products to suit your individual needs. You won’t have to make any sacrifices because we sell filtrations systems for city water, well water, and hard water. Determine where your need lays and WAVE Home Solutions is sure to offer the perfect solution.