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Monday, July 26, 2010
With more consumers becoming aware of the potential hazards associated with their drinking water, the need for information about water filters is expanding. In-home water filters are an excellent option for those wishing to add another layer of protection when it comes to their drinking water. This article looks at the more common types of water filters available on the market today.
Carbon Water Filters:
Carbon water filters can remove most types of organic compounds that are known to cause odor and taste problems. For maximum effectiveness, the water should remain in contact with the filter for an extended period of time. One caution to observe with carbon filters is that water that is allowed to stand for too long may actually cause bacteria to grow in the filter. The solution is to simply flush the system on a periodic basis, or to use the water more frequently. Most average homes do not have to worry about this caution as the water is used on a daily basis.
A major benefit to carbon water filters is they come in a wide variety of models. You can find them in models that are faucet mounted, point of entry, in-line, pour through, line bypass, and specialty filters.
Faucet mounted filters can be attached directly to the faucet, and are very easy to install. In-line filters are installed underneath the sink, usually on the cold water supply line. The line-bypass types of carbon filters will dispense water out of a separate faucet. To filter the water in the whole house, use a point of entry (POE) system. One of the most popular filters is the pour-through type. With these, you simply pour unfiltered water into the device and it filters it. This is the least expensive of the carbon filters, but they can be slow and you cannot filter large amounts of water at one time. Specialty filters can be installed to water supply lines on ice makers and refrigerators that dispense water.
Fiber Water Filters:
Fiber water filters are an excellent option when you need to remove matter that is suspended in the water. Consumers can purchase water filters that are both fiber and carbon in order to get the maximum protection.
Fiber filters are composed of fibrous materials such as cellulose or rayon. These materials are woven into screens with various sizes available. The smaller the screen openings the more material they catch. For this reason the screens must be changed from time to time.
When selecting a fiber filter, it is best to know what type of contaminant you are trying to remove in order to get the proper size of screen.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filtering Units:
These types of units are composed of various membranes, filters, and tanks. They are more expensive than the above mentioned filters but they do a lot more work. They can remove sediment and suspended material from the in-coming water. They can also remove many types of chemicals, such as nitrates. They can also remove matter that causes taste and odor problems.
These are the most common types of water filters available to consumers. If you are unsure of which to buy, consult with a professional water filter vendor. They will be happy to help you select the best model for your needs.
by: Chris Tracey