A variety of different water filters exist that offer unique benefits to those who use them. When considering what water filter you can use for your home, it’s always good advice to learn more about your options. You might find that you like the benefits that one filter type has to offer over the other. Our helpful staff is always ready to answer any questions that you have regarding water filters, the different types and the benefits they offer.
These water filters are specially designed to help reduce unwanted levels of iron, hydrogen sulfide and manganese that are found in well water. With a high percentage of manganese in these filters, they are considered the best water filters for removing iron and manganese from well water.
Acid Water Filters
When the pH of standard water dips below seven, it becomes acidic. This can cause damage to plumbing fixtures and can even cause staining on bathtubs. Generally speaking, acid water is not considered unsafe, just unbalanced with its pH levels. An acid water filter uses a unique filtering method to balance the pH level in water and to normalize it.
The purpose of carbon filters are to remove all impurities, particularly toxins, chemicals and heavy metals found in water. A carbon water filter is designed to remove more than 100 of the 129 toxins that the EPA says is found in standard tap drinking water. The filter also balances the taste and eliminates any odors from the water.
A chlorinator is used to kill bacteria and pathogens in water when all other efforts will not suffice. It introduces small amounts of the chemical into the water to cleanse it from any pathogens. A carbon filter is often piggybacked with this filter to remove the chlorine after the chlorinator has treated the water.
The purpose of a conditioning filter is to soften the water as passes into your faucets. These filters are used in areas with hard water. Hard water consists of water that has minerals in it that can cause damage to pipes and faucets. A conditioning filter removes these elements and flushes them out. The unit backwashes built-up impurities every couple of days.
Using a special process that involves forcing water through membranes, reverse osmosis helps to cleanse impurities from water. As the water passes through the membrane it is filtered, and only clean water comes out the other side. The process is forced, and continued, so that dirty water is always being forced through the membrane.
Iron filters are used to remove elements of iron from water. This is accomplished using a media bed called greensand. The greensand uses potassium permanganate to filter the iron from the water as it passes through. Every few days, the system will backwash the media bed and reset to continue purifying the water.
No-Salt Hardness Filters
Hardness in water is typically caused by the presence of magnesium and calcium. No-salt hardness filters are designed to filter these minerals and dissolve them. Once they do dissolve, they become clear and microscopic. This prevents the buildup of minerals in the piping system, and results in cleaner drinking water.
A sediment filter is designed to remove sediment buildup that is commonly found in drinking water. It uses a media bed that can vary in size, designed to allow the water to pass through it while the sediment elements are left behind. Most sediment filters require nominal maintenance and have self-cleaning cycles. They are considered to be one of the easiest of all filters for homeowners use.
An ultraviolet light filter (also called a UV filter) uses the power of UV light to sanitize water. It works by using a chamber, most often made from stainless steel, and relies upon light waves that destroy pathogens and harmful bacterium. This method is favored because no chemicals are required, just light.