Choosing the Best Water Filtration System
When choosing a water filtration system for your home there are several things you will want to consider to ensure that the system provides the best solution for your needs.
1. What’s in the water?
Most homeowners purchase a water filtration system because of a problem with their water. The water may be too hard, have poor taste or odors, or there may be concerns about contamination. The first step in choosing the right solution is to understand what’s in your water. If you get your water from the city you can request an annual water quality report. The EPA requires all community water systems to deliver an annual water quality report, called a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). If you have a well, you can order an independent water analysis. Once you know what’s in your water, you can make an informed decision about which water treatment option is best for your home.
2. Is the water treatment for drinking and cooking, or the whole house?
If a water test has revealed a high level of contaminants in the water, such as bacteria, or you’re experiencing iron staining, a whole house water treatment system is usually a better choice. If the water test shows no significant problems, but you’re not happy with the taste of the water from the tap, installing a water filter under the kitchen sink may solve the problem.
3. Does all your water come from a private well?
Studies have shown that more than a third of U.S. homes with private wells have E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria. For homes with wells, we recommend a reverse osmosis or UV whole house water treatment system. Even for homes with city water, contamination is still a risk. Over 600 boil water alerts are issued every day by city water districts in the U.S.
4. How much water does your household use?
How much water will flow through the home during peak usage? Knowing the number of bathrooms in a home is often a quick and simple way to determine the size needed of specific water treatment systems.
5. How many people are in the household?
Generally, knowing the number of people live in your home will help to estimate the total water usage, and therefore what size water filtration system would be best suited for your home.
Have questions about choosing the right water filtration system for your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air Conditioning. We can help.
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