Home Water Analysis - Need a Filter?
We have one of your filters on our refregerator and it seems to filter our water beautifully. However it doesn't last very long.
We are wondersing if you have a filter that you could recommend for the entire house. Below is an analysis of our water.
pH - 7.3
Iron, mg/l - 0.7
Manganese, mg/l - 0.47
Hardness, GPG as CaCO3 - 5
Alkalinity, GPG as CaCO3 - 3
TDS, mg/l Estimate by conductivity - 86
Appearance Yellow/Turbid & Yellow/Clear
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Carbon whole house water filters
The refrigerator filter that you mention is a carbon block filter which maximizes water carbon contact to remove many impurities from your water. The flow rate on a refrigerator filter is about 1/2 gallon per minute. There are carbon based whole house filter systems that you can use, but since the flow rate must be much higher, carbon blocks are rarely used. What you can try is a carbon based filter system such as the AP801 which can be found at http://www.filtersfast.com/AquaPure-...ter-system.asp. You will also need the AP815 carbon filter which can be found at http://www.filtersfast.com/Aqua-Pure...er-filters.asp. The flow rate on this filter is 5 gallons per minute and is as close to the refrigerator filter as you can get. You would install this filter on your incoming water line and all water will be filtered. Since the carbon filter is working for your refrigerator, there is a good chance that this will work for your whole house, but there are no guarantees. Iron removal typically requires a water softener, but if it is not fully dissolved, then this will work. The filters do need to be changed every 3-6 months depending on the amount of impurities it removes. You will know when it is time when the water changes color to yellow again or when your water flow slows down.