How to select a home water filtration system

If you’re thinking about installing a whole-house water filtration system for your residence, there are several factors to consider. Continue reading to discover the advantages of such a system and receive guidance on choosing the most suitable one for your home.

The benefits of whole house water filter

Whole-house water filtration systems treat all the water entering your home. These systems, also known as point-of-entry (POE) systems, connect to your home’s primary water supply, ensuring that all the water from your faucets, showers, washing machines, and other water-using appliances is filtered.

Point-of-entry systems differ from point-of-use (POU) systems, such as shower filters and under-sink and countertop filters. While point-of-use systems only treat water at specific locations, point-of-entry systems offer a comprehensive solution for all your water needs.

Tips for selecting the ideal whole house water filter

Choosing a whole-house water filtration system is an investment, so it’s crucial to make the right choice for your home. Here are some tips to help you narrow down your options:

1. Consider the appropriate filter size for your home

Many whole-house water filtration systems are designed based on the number of bathrooms in your residence. Some systems are tailored for homes with 1-3 bathrooms, while others are built to accommodate homes with 4-6 bathrooms. Knowing the number of bathrooms in your home is a quick and effective way to determine the appropriate size for your house.

2. Evaluate the flow rate of your faucets and dispensers

Flow rate refers to the amount of water that can flow through your water dispensers, including faucets, showers, dishwashers, and toilets. Understanding the flow rate of your dispensers is important because if it’s lower than the water filter’s flow rate, there’s a risk of leakage and hose bursts. Conversely, if the flow rate is higher than the filter’s capacity, it may result in weak water flow, potentially causing air entrainment.

You can calculate the flow rate of your dispensers yourself, but scheduling a free in-home water consultation with a water expert can ensure that your filtration system meets your home’s specific requirements.

3. Identify the purpose of filtration

Each home has unique water-related challenges. Your water supply may come from a well, which can introduce issues like water hardness due to groundwater interaction with limestone. Alternatively, your water source may be the city’s supply, which can contain chlorine, causing unpleasant tastes and odors.

These are just a few examples of why you might need a whole-house water filtration system. Take the time to assess your water supply for common issues such as discolored water, staining, sediment, odor, metallic taste, and more.

4. Verify seller and manufacturer credibility

When searching for a whole-house water filtration system, ensure that it carries certification from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). An NSF-certified product indicates:

  • Use of FDA-approved raw materials in its production.
  • Successful completion of various tests for material safety, design, construction, and performance.
  • Prevention of harmful chemical contamination of your water.

5. Determine the appropriate water filtration system

There are various types of water filters available for homes. Many whole-house water systems aim to reduce up to 97% of chlorine in your water supply. Water softeners can address moderate to very hard water, reducing scale buildup and extending appliance lifespans. UV systems provide rapid disinfection without the use of harmful chemicals.

With these options at your disposal, choosing the best water filter for your home can be challenging. The simplest way to determine the right whole-house water filtration system is to purchase a home water testing kit. This kit assesses common contaminants in your water, such as chloride, total iron, manganese, water hardness, and copper, among others. The VISION WATER provides a clear overview of your water quality, enabling you to select the most appropriate solution for your home.

Contact us today, and we’ll assist you in finding the ideal whole-house filtration system to meet your specific needs.

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