What to Consider When Choosing a Water Filtration System for Your Home

A water filtration system can ensure that your home has clean and fresh water for drinking, bathing, and cooking, and can also make your water simply taste better overall. There are many types of water filtration systems from which to choose, including simple filters you screw onto the end of your kitchen faucet to whole-house systems that filter the water before it even gets into your home. Note a few simple tips for choosing the best water filtration system for your home.

1. Installation

A whole-house system may sound very appealing if it means that you can shower and bathe in clean water as well as have it for drinking and cooking, but remember that these systems are very complicated to install.  You would no doubt need a plumber or a contractor to connect the filter to your home's pipes at the point of entry; while you may be willing to invest this money for the installation of your filtering system, note how easy it would be to change the filters as needed. Can you access the filter in the home or would you need a contractor to come out every time the filter needed changing? Also, would you be able to manage minor repairs on the filter, such as if a connector were to come loose? If you're concerned about the water coming out of the showerheads as well as the kitchen sink, you might opt for a model that goes under the sink for the kitchen and then a showerhead filter for the bathroom.

2. Taste

If your home's drinking water simply tastes funny, you can usually choose the type of filter that goes under the kitchen sink. These are often best for removing organic materials that make the water have an odd taste, as well as chlorine or any industrial byproducts that might seep into your city water supply. A pitcher filter is also typically strong enough to remove some minor contaminants that affect your water's taste.

However, if your water tastes funny because it has rust or any type of scaly buildup, you may need to invest in a whole-house system, no matter the difficulty of maintaining it. Models that go under the sink often aren't strong enough to remove rust and the minerals that create hard water. In extreme cases, you might opt for both a whole-house water filter system and one that goes under the sink, to remove as many contaminants that are interfering with your water's taste overall.