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How To Choose A Water Filter

Brita Water FilterIf you don’t like the taste of the water coming out of your tap, and you don’t like paying high prices for bottled water, you may find it more advantageous to use a water filter. Filtering your own water is easy.

Water filters are available from a number of sources including Culligan, Brita, GE, Kenmore, and Aqua Pure just to name a few. There are several different types available.

Whole house filters are an inexpensive way to get rid of rust, sediment and chlorine from your water.  Most of these filters are not designed to remove other types of contamination.  They require professional installation and cost between $40 and $80.

Reverse osmosis filters are another type of filtration system that works on a whole house basis.  They remove many different types of contaminants. They are the only kind of filter which will remove arsenic from your water.  These filters require changes to your plumbing system and require frequent cleaning and sanitizing with bleach.  They are large and bulky, and extremely slow in producing water.  They are also terribly wasteful in that they produce about 4 gallons of waste water for every filtered gallon.  They can be quite pricey ranging from $150 to over $400.

Carafe filters are good for filtering limited quantities of water without the requirements of an installation and at low cost.  They are good for a household with one or two people. Many models are slow and clog frequently, depending on how much junk is in your water.  They also don’t last long.  You can get a cheap one for about $15 or pay about $50 for a better model.

Faucet models are easy to install, and they filter your drinking water plus your cooking water.  You can also turn them off and on as required.  There is no point to rinsing dirty dishes with filtered water.  They do, however, restrict the flow of water somewhat.

Under sink filters have a higher filtering capacity.  They require plumbing modifications, and they take away space from under your sink.  In addition to plumbing modifications, they require a hole to be drilled through the counter top or sink.

In addition to the upfront costs of buying and installing a filter, you also need to consider the long-term costs with filter replacements.  Find out how much the replacement filter costs before you buy.

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