Must-Have Benefits Of Water Filtration Systems
Household water filtration systems are available in two broad categories: point-of-use and point-of-entry. We’re all familiar with point-of-use filters, such as those modules which screw onto the kitchen faucet or canisters that install under the sink. These devices filter water at individual taps only and must be maintained individually.
Point-of-entry models, also known as whole-house filtration, are installed by your plumber where the main water line enters your house. All household water at all faucets and outlets are filtered by a single, high-capacity carbon block filter. Maintenance is facilitated by easy do-it-yourself filter cartridge changes at a single location, rather than trying to keep up with an assortment of point-of-use filters throughout the home.
Here’s a close-up of some of the other benefits of whole-house water filtration systems:
- Whole-house filters remove sediment, dirt and rust present in the municipal water supply. They also extract chlorine and the associated chloroform gas that occurs when hot water is aerated in the shower or dishwasher. Because the water supply to the washing machine is also filtered in a whole-house system, chlorine residue is no longer embedded in washed clothing.
- Chlorine-resistant microorganisms like cryptosporidium and giardia are trapped by the carbon filter. These microorganisms, which can cause gastrointestinal illness, may escape municipal water treatment.
- Hazardous heavy metals like copper, lead and mercury, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene and other solvents, are also removed.
- Whole-house systems filter incoming water at high pressures in the main supply line. This reduces clogging and diminished filter function that may occur in point-of-use filters installed at the end of lower pressure water lines. Water is also filtered at its lowest temperature — the optimal condition for chlorine removal.
- Hair and skin are softer and eyes look healthier and less irritated after bathing in chlorine-free water.
- Whole-house filters have a negligible water-softening effect. However, a standard water softener unit can be installed in-line with a whole-house filter for complete home water treatment.
For more information about water filtration systems, contact the professionals at Sobieski Services.
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