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Posted on Sep 5, 2010

What Should be on My Checklist When Shopping for a Home Water Purifier System?

Not sure where to start when purchasing a home water purifier? You have come to the right place. Here are some steps that you can use as a checklist to determine what home water purifier system is best for you and your family.

You will first want to figure out what type of home water purifier system you are looking for. That decision depends mostly on what your needs are. Are you looking for a simple water filter such as a refrigerator pitcher system or a water filter that attaches to your kitchen faucet ? Most of these types of systems don’t remove all impurities. They do remove the awful taste and smell that some houses have in their drinking water from contaminants in the water.

Instead of a simple water filter, are you looking for a comprehensive water purification system that will handle any kind of water contamination that might be in your family’s drinking water? There are water filters designed to treat and remove more harmful contaminants like VOCs, MTBE, and cysts. A whole-house water purification sytem is more capable of handling all of your family’s water purity needs. They are usually able to remove 99.9 percent of contaminants. They are significantly more expensive than the simple filters.

If you start by exploring your options of home water filters, that will help you narrow down what you really need. If you are thinking about purchasing a water filter, look into all the brands and at the variety of manufacturers of home water purifier systems. By picking a reliable supplier of home water filters like Aquasana, you will have a partner in the process that you can depend on.

You’ll need to know what kind of water contamination you want to be removed. The best way to do this is to request a report about the level of water contamination that is in your local water supplier. Your local water supplier is required by law to produce these reports and to provide them to you at no cost. When you receive the report, look for any contaminants that are above the regulations established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Your supplier is required to make a note of those issues on the report.

There are a wide variety of water filter types available for purchase. There are pitchers, dispensers, faucet, and under-the-sink filtration devices. There are shower water filters, refrigerator water filters, or systems that treat all of the water that comes into your home. All of these products differ in price and may remove different contaminants.

The third step is exploring your options of water purification systems. Here are some of your purification system options to get you started – distillation, ion exchange, carbon absorption, micro-porous filtration systems, ultra filtration systems, and reverse osmosis filtration systems.
The most popular filters, like whole-house water filtration devices, use a carbon absorption system to remove the awful taste and smell, lead, and chloroforms that water can have. You can purchase a granular activated-carbon system or a solid block-carbon system.

When researching micro-porous filtration systems, you’ll need to know that there are three different types of these systems. They are depth, screen, and surface. The depth filter use matted fibers. The screen filters work like a strainer, and the surface filters have materials that create several layers. These micro-porous filtration systems require little maintenance and can remove a large variety of contaminants.
An ultra filtration system uses a molecular strainer. It separates molecules, removing particles and microorganisms.

Your Aquasana dealer can help you sort out the right type of home water purifier system to suit your needs and your budget. Aquasana has an entire stock of filters that work to remove contaminants that can harm you and your family. Visit Aquasana.com to figure out which filtration device is the best for you.

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