Saving Money with Water Filters
Posted by Administrator on 11/18/2009
Do you filter your water? Are you interested in saving hundreds of dollars every year? Water filter
is one way to remove the grains, the grit, and the elements from your
water making it safer and healthier to drink. Purchasing a water filter
is a less obvious way to many of us to save money and decrease our
living expenses. If you can’t stand the taste of your tap water, you may
have already decided to purchase bottled water, as a better
alternative. But there’s a more cost-effective way to obtain fresher,
better tasting and healthier water.
Bottled Versus Filtered Water: Cost Comparison
Bottled water comes from many sources, including tap water.
Regardless of the water’s source, the bottling company processes,
bottles and distributes it, increasing its cost. Depending on the brand
and type of water filter you purchase, the cost of filtered water
averages around $0.30 (or less) per gallon. Bottled water (with prices
ranging from $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon), on average, costs twelve times
as much per gallon.
Water Filter Types
Several types of water filtration systems are available. Some types,
like the whole house water filter, aren’t feasible for apartment
dwellers. Instead, choose a filtration system based on the contaminant
types you’re trying to remove from the water. For apartment dwellers,
countertop, pitcher and faucet-mounted filters are the easiest to
install. They’re more limited than under-sink filters because they’re
visible and usually can’t filter contaminants besides tastes, smells and
Under-sink filters are hidden from view. Some only remove bad tastes
and odors, while others may remove lead, bacteria and sediment by using
multiple cartridges, designed to filter out a particular type of
contaminant. Unlike the countertop models, under-sink filters must be
attached directly to the pipes below your sink. If you’re unfamiliar
with plumbing, hiring a plumber for the installation may be necessary.
How Water Filtration Works
Your water filtration system should produce water that tastes and
smells good by removing undissolved impurities such as silt, sediment,
rust and sand, without removing beneficial elements, like fluoride.
Examples of dissolved impurities include pesticides, chlorine, and heavy
metals. Consider buying a filter that removes cysts, like
cryptosporidium and giardia, along with viruses and bacteria which can
Reverse osmosis, another common type of water filter, is very
effective, especially when combined with a carbon filter. Reverse
osmosis forces water that is under pressure through a semi-permeable
membrane to remove many contaminants from the water. This type of system
is more expensive to operate, so you’ll have to determine whether the
additional filtering ability is worth the extra cost.
To save money, start by evaluating the quality of your water. Then,
determine your filtering needs, set a budget, and purchase the water
filter best suited to your own situation. You know, its only one time
Isopure Water understands that high quality products and good
service is important to you which is why we are a Water Quality
Association (WQA) member since 2006.
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