We use water for innumerable purposes
throughout the day - cooking, cleaning, showering, drinking, watering lawns and
gardens, you name it. But what some
people don’t fully grasp is that there are often many contaminants, bacteria and
potentially toxic chemicals that may be found in the water we use daily. While
drinking treated municipal tap water is generally safe, too often there have
been mistakes made and toxic levels of various contaminants have turned up in
our that very same tap water that we use in our homes.
Given the above, it is no wonder that the
popularity of using high quality water filters in our homes has surged in
recent years. And this is because water
filters are a safe and effective way to clean impurities from your water -
impurities that that can have negative health effects,
But choosing a good one that meets your needs
takes some research, so below there will be tips on what you should look for
when you are in the market for a water filter.
You should estimate how much water you either
use or consume on a daily or monthly basis. If you use water for cooking, which,
of course you do, then you should use faucet, countertop or under-sink filters
because they typically provide the best value and are more convenient and much
less expensive than using pitcher water filters. Countertop filters will filter
up to 2500 gallons of water, while faucet mount and water pitchers can only filter
up to 400 gallons and filter replacement costs add up quickly.
Installation is an important consideration when
it comes to choosing a filter because, quite simply, if you’re not handy you
may have to pay for it. So you have to
factor that into your overall budget.
Installing a Brita water pitcher filter is an entirely different animal
than installing an under sink water filter, for instance. Odds are though, if
you are at the point of considering the cost of an under the counter water
filter system, you are looking for more effective, less long term costs and much
more comprehensive filtration than a pitcher filter can provide.
Certain filters remove certain contaminants
very effectively, and are not as effective for others. With this in mind, it is generally a solid
idea to find out what kind of contaminants are in your water before deciding on
your filtration system. One fast and easy way to do this is use a home test
kit. These can be purchased from your local hardware store, or big chain stores
like Home Depot and Lowes. Once you’ve run your testing and have learned the
contaminants that are in your water, you can then choose the filter that
removes that particular impurity.
4 Contaminants which can be in Found in Unfiltered Water
Mercury and lead have both been found at toxic
levels in municipally treated water in many instances, we don’t need to
hopefully convince you of the myriad of health risks associated with lead and
mercury, and other heavy metals in your drinking water, all of our water
filters remove lead and many remove mercury!
There has been some debate about whether
fluoride affects you in positive or negative ways, while there may not be too
many negative health effects attributed to fluoride there are not many
positives either. If fluoride was to contribute in any positive way it would be
through your teeth and there are no statistics that show that fluoride improves
Fluoride has been linked to thyroid and other
problems when it is consumed internally. For this it is best that you do your
own research to see if the risks outweigh the benefits for your family We
believe most people receive enough Fluoride in their toothpaste and have no
need of it in their drinking water.
Your body’s endocrine system is responsible
for the production of hormones related to the healthy functioning of multiple
systems within your body. Metabolism,
growth and development, your moods, sexual functioning, all of these rely upon
a properly functioning endocrine system in the body. Not surprisingly, when endocrine disrupting
chemicals from pesticides, pharmaceuticals, etc. end up in our drinking water,
negative health impacts may occur.
Some Frequently Asked Questions about Water Filters
Type of Filter is Best?
Choosing the right type of filter completely
depends on what you want to get out of your filter. Do you need one for
cooking? Do you need one for your shower? You first should find out what your city’s water
has in it and then select a filter that is proven effective at removing the
impurities you have found.
is Safe TDS level of Drinking Water?
TDS, or Total Dissolved Solids, refers to the
amount of dissolved organic or inorganic matter that has been dissolved into
water. Not all TDS are bad – it really
comes down to what TDS’s we are talking about.
Generally speaking, the organic dissolved solids are not as much of a
concern as the inorganic, synthetic solids.
You can have elevated levels of TDS caused by higher concentrations of
beneficial minerals, which may actually have health benefits. Or, you can have
elevated levels of TDS where the contaminants are residual pesticides from
agricultural run-off, which is of course a health concern, if the levels are
A general rule of thumb is that an excellent
TDS level is less than 300 mg/liter. Good is between 300 and 600 mg/liter. Fair
is between 600 and 900 mg/liter. Poor is between 900 and 1200. Anything above
1200 is considered unacceptable for consumption (not potable).
Water is Safe for Drinking?
Municipal water supplies are regulated through
the EPA, which sets forth standards and regulations for over 90 contaminants.
Companies must also adhere to the clean water standards under the Safe Drinking
Happens if You Don’t Change Your Filter?
When you do not change your filter you run the
risk of drinking contaminated water, simply put. How much of a risk? Well, that depends on the quality of the
water that is coming into the filter, and the age of the filter in question. Is this something you really want to gamble
with though? Most filters when they become “full” may release some contaminants
back into the filtered water? So change your filters regularly.
Boiled Tap Water Safe to Drink?
In short, yes, boiled tap water is typically
safe to drink. But it’s also an
incredible pain to boil all of your tap water before drinking it! Much better to invest in a high quality home water filtration system.
Long Should You Boil Water to Remove Bacteria?
Boiling water can kill all pathogens. The US
Center for Disease Control recommends that water should be boiling for one
minute to remove impurities. If you happen to be at an altitude that is greater
than 6,552 feet, you should boil for three minutes.
Do Carbon Filters Remove from Water?
Activated Carbon Filters with additional
compounds are the best at removing the taste and odor from water that has sediment,
volatile organic compounds, and chlorine, lead, pharmaceuticals, asbestos,
arsenic, MTBE, VOC’s, Cysts and much more. Select a tested and certified water
filter from our hand-picked selections.
When choosing a water filter there are certain
things that you should look for – installation method and cost, water capacity,
and the impurities that are actually removed by various kinds of filters. If you
start your search with these factors in mind first then you are sure to find a
great filter that is perfect for your needs.
Additionally, before buying you should always check the reviews and see
what others have to say about their experience. Also, double check the
specifications from the manufacturer to be sure you get what you are looking