A few months ago, we sang the praises of “whole house filter systems,” and we still believe this to be a worthwhile endeavor. Whole house filtering cleans up water before it gets to your water-using appliances like dish washers, water heaters, furnaces, and washing machines. Adding such a filter will add years to the lives of these big ticket items.
Many homeowners and apartment dwellers alike, however, want a dedicated filter just for drinking water. There are several ways to go about this. You can buy pitchers or jugs with filters installed, and there are filters that attach to your faucets. All refrigerators that have drinking water dispensers and ice makers in them also have filters installed. There’s also the many forms of bottled water. You will see these large dispensers mostly in commercial settings, but some people have them in homes as well.
Any kind of filter, including whole house filters, will require the owner to keep up with the element or cartridge changes to ensure that flow and efficiency are both maintained.
There are several filtered water pitchers or jugs to choose from. They usually hold anywhere from a quart of water to a few gallons. The size you buy hinges on four main factors: the weight of the container when it’s full, how much space you’re willing to surrender in the refrigerator, what the thing actually looks like, and how often you want to refill it.
There are many well-known brands to choose from including Brita and Pur, and there’s a newer brand that actually takes pitcher aesthetics into consideration, called Soma.
I don’t believe there to be many real drawbacks to such systems; however, you do need to stay on top of cleaning so that mold and bacteria don’t start to grow on some of the surfaces.
Filters Installed At The Faucet
Filters installed at faucets can be further broken down into two categories: filters installed on the end of the faucet stem, and filters installed under the counter before the water reaches the faucet.
Filters installed onto the faucet stem may be the easiest filters to install and maintain. They are light weight, thread right onto the stem, and will let you know when they need changing (some have indicators and a slow flow is a pretty good hint, as well). Another selling point to stem-installed filters is that they filter both hot and cold water.
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