Are you curious about the benefits of purchasing a water filter for your home? Whether your water source is from a municipality or well, your home’s water contains some contaminants. Fortunately, there are ways for homeowners to remove pollutants from their drinking water. A practical and popular solution is installing a water filter. A water filtration system protects your family and pets from waterborne contaminants if you drink tap water. However, not all water filters for your home are the same.

Types of Water Filters

Ultrafiltration (UF)

A multi-stage UF system uses a semi-permeable membrane to block particulates from passing through. It stands out from other methods because it preserves healthy minerals in source water rather than eliminating them. Ultrafiltration membranes successfully remove most microorganisms and contaminants that pass through.

Alkaline Filters

Alkaline filtration systems use electrolysis to split hydrogen and oxygen gas, killing pathogens simultaneously. It filters out chlorine, heavy metals, and chemicals. Alkaline filters are available on a small scale for domestic use, so this filtration method is an excellent choice as a water filter for your home.

Reverse Osmosis

When looking for the perfect water filter for your home, you must consider its quality. A reverse osmosis system works with your existing plumbing to purify water by eliminating contaminants. It removes 99% of viruses, as well as minerals and microorganisms.

Osmosis is when a semi-permeable membrane separates two solutions of different concentrations until they’re the same concentration. In reverse osmosis, pressure forces water to one side while the contaminants remain on the other.

Activated Carbon Filters for Your Home

Activated carbon is one of the most common home water filters available. These filters remove chlorine, pesticides, mercury, VOCs, and more from drinking water. An activated carbon filter eliminates odors and improves water quality by trapping contaminants, leaving you with more pure drinking water.

Combine an activated carbon filter with an RO system to remove even more toxins, like lead and fluorine. Activated carbon water filters come in pitcher filters, faucet attachments, fridge water dispensers, and under-the-sink systems.

Before selecting a water filter for your home, test your home’s tap water to learn what contaminants are present. Hire a professional for home water testing for the most accurate results.

Environmental Quality Inspection provides environmental home testing to Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, including water testing. Contact us to request our services.