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Home Water Filter Types

Fresh water is vital to human life. A healthy person can drink about three gallons of water every day. The daily recommended intake of water is eight cups per day. The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water daily. The largest use of water in the home occurs in the bathroom, which includes the toilet, bath and shower. Out of all the water on earth, we can only use about three tenths of one percent of this water. Our usable water is stored in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.

Almost all drinking water contains small amounts of some contaminants. As long as the amounts remain below certain levels, they pose no health risk to healthy people. But people with weakened immune systems may be at risk even if their drinking water is deemed to be safe. Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on home water treatment. Almost half of Americans use a home water filter. Home water filter types range from simple, inexpensive pitchers to sophisticated reverse osmosis systems.

Different types of home water filters remove different contaminants from your drinking water. More sophisticated home water filters may use a combination of filtration methods. Home water filters can be free-standing, attached to a water tap, permanently installed in the faucet's plumbing, connected to a refrigerator or ice maker, or centrally attached in a way that filters the entire home's water supply.

Home water filters that only treat the water you consume are usually called point-of-use filters. The most common point-of-use home water filter is the water filtration pitcher, like the well-known Brita pitcher. Most water filtration pitchers use activated carbon filters to remove contaminants. Pitcher type home water filters are effective at improving taste and odor, and may also reduce lead and other contaminants. They do not, however, remove disease-causing organisms.

The activated carbon filters used by filtration pitchers require regular replacement after a specified amount of water has been filtered. Check the directions that came with the filtration pitcher for more information.

Another common example of home water filter types are filters that attach to your faucet. Alternatively, these are sometimes installed under your sink and deliver filtered water through a separate sink-top faucet. Faucet-attached or undercounter home water filters usually are based on the same filtration technology as water pitchers. A block of activated carbon or similar material physically filters out contaminants. These point-of-use filters also improve water taste and odor, while also filtering contaminants like lead. Filters have a limited life and must be replaced regularly.

Distillers are home water filters that heat water to the boiling point, the collect the condensing water vapor. Distillation kills disease-causing organisms and removes most chemical contaminants, but may leave behind other impurities like radon. Many people complain that the taste of distilled water is "flat." This is because the distillation process removes dissolved oxygen and natural minerals.

Reverse-osmosis home water filters work by using pressure to force water through a semi-permeable membrane. Reverse-osmosis home water filters use about three times as much water as they treat, but are the most effective of all home water filter types. They effectively eliminate all disease-causing microbes and remove most chemicals.

Devices that filter the water for your whole house are usually called point-of-entry filters. Point-of-entry filters can reduce the dangers from water-borne chemicals that turn into gases inside your home. Point-of-entry home water filters also reduce problems related to water quality like scaling, staining, and odor.

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