When you are looking for something to treat all the water that dispenses throughout your entire home, you are in need of a whole house water filtration system. These connect to the main water line of the home, delivering treated water from all faucets, in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more. There are several different types of water filtration systems on the market, so buying one can feel overwhelming. By simply learning what you need to look for in a water filtration system, you can relieve yourself of this shopping anxiety for good! Continue reading to learn what you need to consider and which features to focus on when shopping around for whole house water filtration systems.
Which Contaminants Do You Need to Treat?
The type of whole house water filtration system you choose will depend on several factors, but the contaminants you are attempting to combat in your water will have the most influence of them all. You must have your water tested to determine which contaminants are present in your water, and at what amounts. This will set the tone for the type of water treatment your home requires for ultimate filtration. Some areas have higher concentrations of certain contaminants that other areas, so water quality can vary from city to city.
You can purchase an at-home water testing kit at your local home improvement store or online, and use it to test your water quality on your own, or you can hire a professional Indianapolis soft water contractor for accurate measurements and advice. Below are the top 4 considerations to address when buying a whole house water filtration system.
4 Considerations for Whole House Filtration:
❶ Flow Rate
Flow rates are measured in “gallons per minute” (GPM). The flow rate is the amount of water available to run to all your interior faucets and water lines. Check out the demand ratings on your household furnishings, like toilets, showers, bathtubs, and washing machines, to review the manufacturer flow rate recommendation. For instance, most showers have an average flow rate between 2.5 and 5 GPM. Choose a filtration system that is compatible with your home’s required flow rates. It is best to choose a system that has a flow rate of at least 10 GPM to maintain minimal comfort and quality.
❷ Filter Size
Filter size and flow rate go hand in hand. The bigger the filter, the more water will flow and the longer it will last. It is important to consider filter size to ensure proper flow rates. The average home might require 4.5″ x 20″ filters, while larger homes may be better suited for higher flow rates.
❸ Filter Life
The lifespan of your filter cartridges will vary depending on the size of your home, the quality of your city’s water, the type of system you own, and much more. Generally, 4.5″ x 20″ carbon filters will last up to 150,000 gallons of water, but again, this can greatly vary from home to home, and from municipality to municipality.
❹ Port Size
Port size has a major influence on water pressure and GPMs. A 1” port is the average size for the average home. These are generally standard, and are well suited for homes with 3/4” piping and 4.5″ x 20″ filters.