There are many types of water filtration systems that you can have installed in your home.
This is important because water seeping into your home from the soil or pipes can contain bacteria, viruses, and parasites that may make you sick.
Water filtration systems range from countertop filters to reverse-osmosis units that use a high-pressure membrane to filter out harmful chemicals and minerals before the water enters your plumbing system.
Types of residential water filtration systems
- Countertop filters
Countertop filters are mostly used for drinking water. You can attach them to the faucet, and they will filter out sediment, chlorine, dirt, and rust from your water before it comes out through the faucet.
- Reverse osmosis
Reverse osmosis systems are helpful when you don’t have enough drinking water pressure to provide your home with water that has been filtered for maximum mineral and chemical removal from your tap water.
This type of water filtration system is an option for those who want safe drinking water but have either very hard or very soft water with a lot of minerals in it.
- Point-of-use systems
Point-of-use systems, also known as faucet filters, are at-sink filters. You can attach them on your existing plumbing line to remove sediment and chlorine from the water flowing from your faucet.
They can be used for drinking water, and they do not require special skills or tools to install.
- Whole house systems
Whole house filtration systems are great if you have a lot of space in your home or are building a new home.
They are installed below the sink pipe to filter out sediment, chlorine, and bacteria as water flows from your plumbing system to every faucet in your house.
These systems can be gravity fed or powered. Gravity-fed systems are good if you have a lot of space under sink pipes or if you are using drilled wells for your water source.
These systems function best when having enough pressure to push the water through the filter. Booster pumps are recommended in areas where there isn’t enough pressure.
A powered whole house filtration system may add noise to your home, but it is more efficient and easier to maintain than a gravity-fed one.
There’s still more to know about filtration systems than just the types.