Dangerous Chemicals Found in Un-Filtered Tap Water

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“Should I filter tap water?” is a question that I get a lot. The answer is always yes. The amount of chemicals commonly found in tap water is alarming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there are over 2,000 contaminants that could be in your tap water. Some of the most dangerous tap water chemicals are:

Lead: Commonly entering tap water through corroded pipes, lead can cause great harm to your health. According to some studies, lead in drinking water can be especially dangerous to children and pregnant mothers. Studies through the years have also shown that lead poisoning can cause developmental delays and learning disorders.

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Many point to these common types of protozoa for the cause of gastro-intestinal diseases. These contaminants will almost certainly end up in the water system when there has been a sanitation breakdown.

Chlorine: Perhaps the most controversial of the water contaminants, it also could be the most prevalent chemical found in the water system. It is commonly used for sanitation purposes to kill off any harmful bacteria in the water supply. However, according to healthguidance.org, it has recently been linked to some cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers.

What can you do to avoid these problems?

It may seem like perfect sense to turn to bottled water, in fact, millions do every year. However, there are a myriad of issues with bottled water. The plastic that many brands of bottled water are shipped in contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA. Once these chemicals come in contact with the water inside the bottle, the chemicals become absorbed by the water. Once you drink it, you are ingesting harmful chemicals to your body. Even more so, bottled water is essentially tap water in a bottle. In fact, there are harsher restrictions against the water coming from your local water supplier than there is on bottled water companies. The best solution to avoid these problems is through the use of water filtration. Water filters act as an important barrier between you and the over 2,000 known chemicals in drinking water. Without this “road block” in place, harmful contaminants will have free access to your body including the organs, intestinal tract, and more.

What type of tap water filters should you use?

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This largely depends on the type of chemicals in your drinking water. Some areas experience better water quality than others. It is best to use a water test kit to see exactly what is in your drinking water in a convenient and inexpensive manner.

As for water filter options, there are no shortage to choose from. Water pitcher filters provide clean, filtered water on hand at all times in the convenience of a water pitcher. Refrigerator water filters are critical in reducing water contaminants before they reach your body. Whole-house water filters provide filtered water through the entire house, which means clean water running through your faucet, shower and more. Faucet filters are convenient and so are reusable water bottle filters for filtered water wherever you are.

Reverse osmosis filtration is currently the highest quality filter system that you can use to remove dissolved contaminants from your water.  The price per gallon of a reverse osmosis system is just penny’s per gallon, and is a great way to drink and cook with healthy water.

Have any questions? Feel free to leave your question in the comment selection below and I will be glad to assist you.

The Differences Between MERV Ratings – MERV 11 Recommended

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Have you ever thought about what type of air filter you are picking up for your home? I’m not talking about the brand you are getting, but rather the MERV rating that you are getting. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or MERV) rating is a rating system used to compare filters made by various manufacturers. MERV ratings will range from 1 (low efficiency; minimum filtration) to 20 (highest efficiency; highest filtration).

For most household uses, the highest MERV rating used will be MERV 13 filters. Keep in mind that a MERV rating higher than 13 could negatively affect some HVAC systems, so it is advisable to verify that your unit can handle a higher rating before you make your purchase.

According to Alex Hertzog, our in-house air filtration expert, MERV 11 filters are recommended.

“The MERV 11 air filters remove a higher percentage of contaminants in the air that will increase indoor air quality and maintain the efficiency of the HVAC unit. It is also highly recommended if there are pets in the home, which can greatly reduce the air quality in your home.”

The chart below shows what you can remove from your air with MERV 8, 11 and 13 filters.

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FiltersFast.com has a solution in various MERV ratings. For your home however, the better option is the FiltersFast MERV 11 air filters. Guaranteed to effectively reduce dust, pollen and other allergens from your indoor air, you will get a quality air filter without paying a high price. Verify the size that you will need and place your order. Use our Auto Delivery system and get 5% off and the convenience of having a replacement air filter sent to your home at your own frequency.

The FiltersFast MERV 11 represents a better option for your home than a MERV 8 and lower. Know the MERV rating you are getting and what it will filter out from your air.

Desalination: The Solution to the Global Drinking Water Crisis?

As the global water crisis persists, many around the world are looking for new freshwater resources. One way viewed as a freshwater resource is seawater. But why? Many know that seawater is not safe for human consumption, so why is it even being considered? Look no further than Desalination as the reason. Desalination refers to the removal of salts and minerals from water supplies to create fresh and drinkable water. Proponents argue that desalination can be used where freshwater supplies are scarce, but seawater is plentiful. The theory is that desalination plants can be built to supply a community with fresh water for households, manufacturing and agriculture. It is also argued that it would increase the freshwater supply and give millions more access to freshwater.

However, many argue that the cost of desalination is simply too high. Desalinated water could cost five times more than the cost of harvesting other sources of freshwater. In poorer areas, the cost of desalination is even higher and the funds are limited there as well. Another main argument is that it would do nothing stop water waste. Many point out that the key to ending the global water crisis is to focus on water management and sensible usage of water (i.e. cutting back on water usage to conserve).

During this debate, we can’t forget the importance that Reverse Osmosis Systems (or RO systems) have for our own water supply at home. RO systems contain tiny pores through which water can flow. These small pores are restrictive to organic compounds like salt and other natural minerals. Here is a RO system suggestion that will benefit you and your family.

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The Hydrotech M Series Reverse Osmosis System filters water through 4 stages to make sure that your water is free from dissolved solids and organics, and free from pathogens and VOCs that could be present in your homes tap water.

The debate on desalination is just heating up and you can expect to hear more about it in the months and years ahead. But what do you think? Do you think desalination can be a solution to the global water crisis? Or do you think we should focus more on water management and other freshwater resources?