Choosing Your Home Water Filtration System: What You Should Know

3 October 2015
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

When you move into a new house, you want to be sure that you make your home as comfortable and as safe and healthy for you and your family as possible. One of the most important factors in ensuring that your family is safe and healthy is to install a water filtration system for your home to get your water as pure and as clean as possible before you use or drink it. Before you jump in and install a system in your home, get to know some of the different types of systems available for you and your family. Then, you can be sure that you make the right decision for your home.

Deionization Filters

One of the water filtration system options available to you is known as a deionization filter. These water filters serve to remove different types of electrically charged molecules from your home's incoming water supply. This includes various mineral salts.

The idea behind this is to remove the minerals that can lead to hard water stains in your home and other such inconveniences. Softer water that is free of unnecessary minerals is better for your family and for the surfaces and pipes in your home.

The water in deionization filters goes through filtration twice to ensure that the mineral elements they target are completely removed. The initial filtration process removes some ions from the water but leaves free hydrogen ions and hydroxyl anions. The second round of filtration leaves you with only pure water, completely free of any type of ions.

Carbon Filters

Carbon water filtration systems work by filtering out organic or natural contaminants that may be in the water supply coming into your house. The carbon particles in the filtration system bond with elements such as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) including elements from gasoline, refrigerants, and various other chemical solvents.

These carbon filters may also filter out potentially dangerous natural chemical elements such as mercury or lead. Carbon filters as well as what are known as activated carbon filters are among the most commonly used in most homes.

However, carbon filters do not necessarily remove the minerals that are responsible for hard water. They also do not always function to remove inorganic elements and compounds from the incoming water supply.

Now that you have a few ideas about the types of water filtration systems available to you and your family. Now all you need to do is choose the system that will work for you and get to work installing your new system.