Health is one of the most important things in our lives. However, it feels like we don’t pay enough attention to it. Nowadays, our world is relatively safe but the levels of pollution and contaminants, especially in water, are rising significantly.
It’s true that we have big municipal plants which filter the water we drink and use on a daily basis but is this enough and does it keep us healthy? You might be surprised but the answer to that question is no.
Our tap water contains about 80,000 unregulated and unstudied chemicals which can be really harmful. The process that the big filtration plants go through to filter our water includes adding chlorine which really helps. But chlorine can be dangerous too and it has nasty byproducts such as chloramine and chloroform.
Whole house water filters are different from the regular sink filters. They are installed as a point-of-entry filtration and eliminate contaminants from water the moment it reaches your home. This is a great way to have clean and great tasting water on tap from every water source in your house.
Benefits of Using Whole House Water Filters
By filtering the water supply of your entire home, the whole house water filters provide you with clean drinking water as well as clean water for your washing machine, dishwasher and shower. This can help prolong the life of your appliances significantly.
Using clean water that is free of contaminants and chemicals when taking a shower is really important. Unfiltered water that gets on your skin can be really dangerous for two reasons:
- Your skin absorbs all the dangerous chemicals and they get in your system.
- These chemicals evaporate mainly in the form of steam and you inhale them. Chloroform is one of the chemicals which become even more dangerous when evaporated.
But steam from the shower is not the only way the chemicals from the water can evaporate. This can happen when you’re washing the dishes, flushing the toilet or after you have washed some clothes.
Therefore, it is very important to have a good whole house water filter in place if you want to live in a home with cleaner water and healthier air. Just think about how many problems you prevent by filtrating your tap water:
- Cosmetic issues such as dry skin and brittle hair.
- Serious illnesses like cancer caused by the THMs and VOCs contained in unfiltered water.
- Different respiratory issues such as asthma.
Installing a whole house water filter will also save you money. Many people avoid this option because they think it’s expensive and opt for buying bottled water instead.
The problem with buying bottled water, however, is that it’s usually just unfiltered tap water in a bottle. Another big issue is that bottled water is not regulated by the EPA and the plastic bottles leach various chemicals.
A good whole house water filter might seem a little expensive but it will require no maintenance apart from changing the filter once every 10 years or so. Think about how much money that can save you and more importantly how it can improve your quality of life.
Install Sink Filter
A great way to be extra safe is to install a sink filter in addition to the whole house water filter. This will prevent contaminants such as rust and lead that might come from your pipes from getting into your water after it has already been filtered. If you are having immune issues you can go for a three stage filtration system with an ultraviolet light that will kill 99.99% of bacteria in the water. The combination of a whole house water filter and a sink filter will have a significant positive impact on the overall health of you and your whole family.
Linda Dell is a home improvement expert with over 5 years of experience and many successfully completed projects under her belt. She always recommends her clients to install whole house water filters as part of their home improvement projects.