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Pros and Cons of a Home Water Purification System

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Home filtration systems allow you to purify all of the water coming into your house. If installed, you don’t need to use pour through filters to purify your drinking water or shower water filters for your bathing water. Of course, there are drawbacks, too. In this post, we take a look at some of the pros and cons when it comes to installing a system like this.

Pro: Convenience

Installing a whole house system means that you don’t have to constantly maintain different water filters in your house nor do you have to be worried about having different purifiers for both your drinking and bathing water. If you have a whole house system, any tap your turn on in your house is going to have purified water.

Con: Cost

pure waterHome water systems are more expensive than other water purifiers and filters. They can run from hundreds of dollars into the thousands, depending on what kind of system you want to have installed and whether or not you need professional help to do so. At the same time, one must look at a whole house system as a long-term investment, as something that will pay for itself over time.

Pro: Upkeep

Whole house systems do not require frequent replacement of filters. One of the products that we recommend, the Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System Rhino EQ-300 has a filter unit that needs to be replaced once every 3 years. Compare this to the filters of pitchers and dispensers, which require filter replacement every couple of months if not more often (depending on the amount of use).

Con: Installation

Typically, whole house systems need to be installed by a professional plumber. This adds an extra expense to your purchase. You also need to make sure the pipes within your house are in good condition. Pipes in older homes have been known to corrode and leach metals and other water contaminants. If this is the case, the whole house filter won’t do you any good as the pipes will be re-contaminating the water after it has been treated.

Pro: Effectiveness

Whole house filters like the Aquasana Rhino EQ-300 will remove contaminants and chemicals like Chlorine. They will also soften the water and remove any tastes or odors. The result is that you have water that is incredibly fresh and pure piped directly into your house. It doesn’t matter where you drink the water in your shower or from your kitchen sink, it’s all receiving the same amount of purification.

Most people will spend money on some amount of purification, but few people invest in a whole house system, even though it may save money in the long run. Do you use a whole house filter? Please share your experience in the comments below. Also, if you have any specific brands or product recommendations in addition to what we have listed here, please share those as well.

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