Why Do You Want a Whole House Water Filter?
A whole house water filter system installs between your home plumbing and outside water line. Whether you are connected to a public utility or draw your water from a well, a whole house water filter system acts as a barrier against particulate matter such as sediment, dirt, sand, rust and heavy metals. This both reduces the number of contaminants you drink and improves the function of household appliances. With home filtration we see an improvement to the efficiency of hot water heaters, and a longer life for washers, dishwasher, fixtures, coffee makers, and any other equipment that uses hot or cold water including refrigerator, countertop, undersink, faucet-mount and pitcher water filters,
What Contaminants Does a Whole House Water Filter Capture?
The kind of contaminants you want to remove from your household water supply really depends on your water quality and budget. A basic system can provide excellent reduction of chlorine that contributes to bad taste and odor in water and can cause your skin and hair to dry out when taking showers or baths, in addition to reducing larger particles and rust that can cause staining inside toilets and baths. Removing organic matter, cysts, and other parasitic organisms may require a larger system with dual cartridges that also means buying more filters and greater upfront cost. If you use well water or have questionable water quality an ultra-violet whole house water filter system will provide you the benefits of other systems combined with a near-100% removal of all organisms – small of large – that are living in your water.
How Do I Install a Whole House Filter System?
If you are comfortable working with tools and understand the plumbing of your home, installation of your whole house filter system should be a breeze. If you are not sure how to turn off your outside water supply, cut pipe or use power tools you should consult with a local handy-person or contractor. During installation you may require one or more of the following (these may be supplied with the filter system or you will need to buy them yourself): Pipe cutter, sweat connections, ball valve (sweat type), plumbers tape, adjustable wrench, torch, plumbing solder, plumbing flux, pvc or metal pipe. Consult with the product manual to see required tools and material list as they may be different then what is listed here.
The basic steps to installation are as follows. Note that your system may have special instructions. Always consult with the manufacturer supplied instruction before start of any construction.
- Determine where you want to install the filter system. It is recommended you install near the central line entering your home.
- Cut pipe to length needed to install filter head and recommended bypass.
- Assemble filter head on optional bypass system.
- Use copper pipe and sweated connections to assemble system.
- Install system (valves, piping and filter head) into water supply system.
- Use supplied bracket or pipe hangers to support the system.
- Install filter cartridge into head while making sure seals and other fittings are placed correctly as this will prevent leaks.
- Turn main water supply back on. Flush around 10 gallons through system (15 minutes) before use.
- Check for leaks and adjust fittings if necessary.
What Whole House Filter System is Best?
The best system may not be right for you. The size of your home and water quality will tell you what system will be the most effective. We recommend you first test your water to see which contaminants need to be removed. Since most whole-house filters remove similar contaminants, you may want consider other factors such as micron rating, (the smaller this number, the more efficient the filter will be at removing smaller particles) flow rate and filter life. For optimal water filtration you will need to install point-of-use systems around your home. These can include a shower filter, undersink filter, countertop filter, or refrigerator filter.