There are many different types of water filters available on the market, making it difficult for consumers to know what is the best option for their household. In addition, not all drinking water is the same, neither having the same contaminants or toxic substances present. Treated water makes use of a chlorination process and fluoridisation of the water. For health and taste reasons, some residents choose to remove these substances from their water supply.
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When considering which water filtration system to purchase, it’s best to consider performance, cost, features, health impacts, warranty and ease of installation. There are different types of water filtration systems available for under sink, countertop and whole house installation, including reverse osmosis, water distillers, ion exchange filters, ultraviolet disinfection and carbon black filters.
Under Sink Water Filters
Under sink water filters are now more efficient than ever and predominately use activated carbon filters as their main component. Some of the contaminants previously removed from the water with the help of reverse osmosis systems are now being blocked by these filters. An under sink filter is an efficient way of producing fresh drinking water for you and your family.
Under sink filters can be used with the addition of a separate faucet or through a direct connect with you current tap and pipe system. Direct connect systems make for a very easy and cost effective installation. These systems are popular as they don’t interfere with your countertop space and are out of sight. They also have a faster filtration rate than countertop systems.
Average Purchase and Installation Cost – Between $350 to $500, depending on the system of choice
Countertop Water Filters
Countertop water filters, like under sink systems, predominately use activated carbon filters as their main component. These units are small, so they won’t take up much storage space in your kitchen and are very easy to install than under sink systems. They do however, have a slower filtration rate and take up space on your countertop.
Average Purchase and Installation Cost – Between $200 to $400, depending on the system of choice
Whole House Filtration Systems
Whole house water filtration systems are generally required for residents that live off tank water in rural areas. They are a lot more expensive than other filter systems as there needs to be a process to eliminate bacteria and viruses that are found in tank water, such as ultraviolet light disinfection. The type of system that is best is dependent on the level of contaminants in the water, such as leaves, bird droppings or dust.
For town residents, carbon filtration systems can be installed for residents who want to remove chlorine, chemicals and fluoride from their water. These systems are very easy and inexpensive to install and maintain as they join directly to the main supply of household water. They are however, a lot more expensive to purchase than both under sink and countertop water filters.
Average Purchase and Installation Cost – Starting from $1500.00 depending on the system of choice
To decide on which water filtration system will best suit your household, please contact Leon Pettet Plumbing to discuss your requirements and budget.