One of the best things to ease a hot summers day is a cold, homemade beverage. The taste of that beverage though can be different depending on your water.
Minerals, organisms, and other components touch your water well before you’ve poured it into a pitcher or glass. So, how do you make sure that you don’t get any of these extra ingredients? By installing a water filter.
A water filter can remove extra components from your water either by purifying it or exchanging the excess minerals with something else. To understand which filter systems will benefit you the most, here’s a brief overview of the filters available to you.
How Can Hard Water Affect Your Home?
Hard water is just annoying. It’s drinkable, but it’s called hard water because it contains higher concentrations of minerals. The reason it’s more annoying is that it causes a buildup in your plumbing and every visible surface where the water flows from. Hard water is tough to scrub out and it can damage your appliances. Save yourself from this by using a water softener.
A water softener is actually an appliance that you install directly to your plumbing. It works by exchanging the minerals that cause the buildup, calcium, and magnesium, with sodium. The water passes through the sodium, which is in the form of beads, in the water softener's tank. This is called ion exchange. It makes the water taste better and it prevents further damage to your home.
Choosing Your Whole House Water Filter
Did you notice the last time you opened the dishwasher after it completed a cycle that it produced a bad smell? Did you notice it again when you went to switch the laundry from the washer?
That’s probably because your water has additional elements in it that linger even after a wash cycle. In instances like this, it’s time to consider a whole house water filter.
A whole house water filter is installed at the point of entry, or where your plumbing introduces the water supply to the house. This system uses a 4 step filtration process. Each one removes large contaminants, minerals, microorganisms, and finally, waste.
UV Water Filters
The latest method of water purification is a UV water filter. Its variety of models allows it to either be used at the point of entry or in a designated area. The way it works is that it uses a special lamp to introduce UV rays to the water that passes by it.
This effectively kills 99.9% of microorganisms before they reach you. A UV water filter is easy to install and requires little maintenance. The bulb itself lasts nearly 12 months. It’s cost-effective, safe for the environment, and FDA approved.
It’s a perfect option to consider if you’re only looking to add an extra level of protection to your water supply. The best way you can determine if a water filter is for you, and what type you would need, is to ask an expert. If you notice signs that your water may be harmful, please give PHD Mechanical Inc a call and we’ll assist you with your needs!