Water filters are a popular home and office accessory for properly treating water before consumption or use. There are a range of different categories when it comes to the term of water filters and it’s useful to distinguish between them.
One large distinction is if the filter is performing a role right at the source for a user or if it’s a larger-scale system. For example, when it comes to safe drinking water, you can have a filter that is attached to a single faucet in a home versus a whole-house system that treats water as it arrives to the property. The latter approach would produce safe to consume water at every faucet in the household.
A further area of distinction in that same example of healthy drinking water is the choice around a water filter system that either resides underneath the kitchen sink and out of sight, another that may reside on the counter-top and be visible, or even completely separate filter accessories like a pitcher that you fill with water and it purifies the water with a built-in filter before you drink it.
A common scenario for whole-house water filtering is not for safe consumption, necessarily, but rather to treat so-called “hard” water. The hard aspect of the water is when, depending on where you live, your area’s soil and water supply may contain a large amount of minerals that affect the quality of the water. This hard water can then manifest itself in a variety of negative ways inside a household. For example, hard water can make soap lathering or detergent sudsing harder to occur. This results in the usage of more laundry detergent or personal soap use to get the same effect then you would experience with softer water.
Hard water has similarly harsh effects on skin and hair while showering or on your dishes and glasses that you wash in the kitchen or with your dishwasher. For all of these reasons, whole-house water softeners are a popular item especially in those areas that have particularly hard water.
We then have another category of more specific filters that depend on specific scenarios that homes, farms, or businesses may have such as fluoride filters, iron filters and those for removing lead.
So, the first step is to understand what potential problems you may have with your local water supply for your home, office, or ranch. Then, there is a robust marketplace of useful products that will help you to achieve your goal for an effective water supply.