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Monday, April 5, 2010
Many homeowners and business owners are turning to whole house water filters over the smaller Point of Use water filter. Whole house water filters are often referred to as Point of Entry filters or systems. There are many reasons why a POE system is a better choice for some individuals, but these larger, more expensive units must be purchased only after consumers do their research. Here are some issues to keep in mind when you are shopping for a Point of Entry water treatment system.
One of the first things to look at is the warranty. Some whole house filters only come with a one year warranty. Whenever possible, try to purchase a system that has a longer warranty term.
If you have an issue with bad tasting water, make sure that the brand and model you are considering can remove the contaminants that cause bad taste in water. Not all of them do, and the time to learn whether or not they can is before you buy.
One issue that consumers often forget to consider when shopping for a POE water system is filter changes. Virtually all water filter media needs to be replaced at some point in time. As they collect contaminants and sediment, they begin to clog up. Like any filter, you have to replace them or recharge them. If you know you will need a lot of water (say you have a large family) and you buy a small capacity system, you will have to change the filter more often. In a case such as this, you will save money over time if you buy a larger capacity system that will require less frequent filter changes.
Before you choose a reverse osmosis system understand that this process uses nearly five gallons of water for every one gallon it filters. This can result in some high water bills each month. Also, while reverse osmosis is the perfect choice for some individuals (those with a high mineral content in their water), it is not the best option for all homeowners.Be careful before you choose a salt-based water softening system. These systems will put sodium into your water as they process the untreated water. This can present a severe problem for those who are on sodium-restricted diets. Water that is treated with this process should not be used to water plants or flowers.
On the upside, whole house water filters can be set up so that every tap in your house is delivering clean, safe water. This means you do not have to buy several Point of Use filters. While installing whole house filters often requires a licensed plumber, the overall cost is actually quite affordable for many homeowners.
Deciding to install a Point of Entry water filter system is an investment and should be treated as such. Do your research, contact a reputable water filter vendor, and ask questions. Once you know the facts, you will be in a much better position to choose the right system for your home and for your family.
by: Chris Tracey