For those of you that care about your health, having the cleanest water possible is a must. In this buying guide I will lay out what you need to look for in a water filter other than what was mentioned on the home page. Many people have no idea what to look for in a water filter and just buy one based on reviews and then get upset when it doesn’t live up to there expectations.
Faucet water filters are much less expensive than a reverse osmosis system or under the sink system, so you ar elimited by what you’re filtering. I will give you a brief summary of the different types of water filters and you will learn the benefits of each type.
1. Activated Charcoal Filters
Charcoal or Carbon filters are the most common and least expensive filters you can buy. You can actually make activated Charcoal simply by burning wood and spaying water on it. I have done this with coconut husks and turned it into Charcoal, jammed it into a PVC and put my water though it. It tasted great.
This technique is used by distillers to purify there vodka, rum, whiskey, etc. By running the alchohal through the filter it removes all the impurites and you are left with a superior product. Which is why you will see on a premium bottle it say triple filtered. This means they are running it through the filter three times.
2. Sediment Filters
These are added to faucet water filters to remove solids or sediments that get into your water. Sediment is naturally occurring and when it rains the earth erodes and you will see sediment get into a river. When the water is transferred from its source to your home, there are often tiny pieces of sediment in the water, such as metals, dirt, rocks, etc. 100 years ago it would have been find to drink most sediments but however now they are finding dangerous chemicals, plastics, and all sorts of weird stuff in the water. You want to filter out this, especially if you live in a city.
A Sediment Filter acts like a strainer or sive and just holds the sediment in the filter. Obviousally it builds up in the filter and you will have to replace the filter within a short period of time if you have a lot of sediment being filtered. Many filters that filter < 100 gallons use a sediment filter and this is why you have to replace them so often. If you don’t want a sediment filter you can get a long life out of your filter.
3. Counter Top Filter
Countertop filtration systems connect to your water line and act as a water faucet. They are small filters that are one step better than the faucet or pitcher water filter systems. You can put it right next to the sink and use your sink to do dishes. You can also use these in bathrooms.
The good thing about this type of filter is that you’re getting much more gallons filtered than your average faucet water filter. Rather than 100 – 200 gallons, you’re getting 1,000+ gallons. They remove more than faucet filters because they are larger. Most of them come in different stages. As in the picture on the left you can see there are 5 stages.
Stage 1 removes the sediments, such as heavy metals and Chloramines.
Stage 2 gets rid of Chlorine and Odor using the Activated charcoal.
Stage 3 uses KDF Filtration media to remove many other microorganisms and stops the speak of microorganisms.
Stage 4 are the little Calcite beads that make your water taste better and increases your waters alkalinity.
Stage 5 adds more Alkaline which helps to prevent diseases and slow the aging process. It also helps slow bone loss.
4. Reverse Osmosis Drinking Filters
One of the more complicated systems to understand is a reverse osmosis system. I used to live next to a place that had a big reverese osmosis system and would charge $.40 for a 5 gallon jug of there water. It was some of the best water I ever tasted. They would also use UV light and pump oxygen into the water. However, buying something like that for your home would set you back a few thousand dollars.
Fortunalety you can buy a Reverse Osmosis system for less than $200. In the graph above you can see how it works. The water is pushed into the RO Membrane using the internal water pressure and this filters out most of the solids. The contominanats will get caught in the membrane and of course this membrane must be replaced pretty often of it will clog the whole system. The reverse osmosis process is pretty complex and you could read a book on how it works.
One drawback they do have is that they filter out calcium and magnesim that you find in tap water. So, perhaps it’s not the best way to remove your water.
5. Shower Filters
I bought one of these a few years ago and they make so much difference. The shower water I get has chlorine in it and it used to feel like getting out of a pool. The showe water filter works on the same principle as a faucet water filter but is usally a bit smaller.
They are very inexpensive and can last around 6 months before you have to change the filter. These are certainly a good investment because the water that gets on your skin can have a big impact on your health. In fact it’s pretty well known that chlorine can damage your skin and hair. If you want health hair and skin then this a must.
When you combine a shower filter with a faucet water filter or any other kind of water filter you will be improving your health immediatley. You won’t believe how much better you feel. We are made of over 75% water and when the water your getting isn’t very good, you won’t feel very good. So start improving your health today and start by focusing on your water.