3 Major Benefits of Using Water Filters – Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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There was a time when I drank water straight from the tap and didn’t think anything of it. Once I started realizing the issues that tap water can present (harmful bacteria, high chlorine levels, bad taste and smell, etc.) I jumped to bottled water. That didn’t last long, as it is very expensive after a while. Once I realized that bottled water companies have fewer regulations than those governing tap water, it became a definite no-no for me.  It wasn’t until after l I jumped from tap water, moved to bottled water, and stopped using bottled water that I finally arrived at the most cost effective and healthiest option—water filters.

It took me a long time to arrive at this solution but it doesn’t have to take you as long. Below are some of the biggest benefits of using water filters in your home.

1. They provide better smelling and better tasting drinking water by reducing bacterial contaminants and chlorine. One of the biggest complaints about tap water is its taste and/or smell (you may have that concern about your own tap water). Bottled water may seem like a better option, but when you factor in the cost and consider that it is essentially the same as tap water, you will soon realize that this may be the biggest benefit of water filters.

2. Drinking filtered, clean water protects the body from disease and can lead to greater health. In addition, water filters provide healthy and clean water for cooking as well.

3. It costs way less than you think. First off, let’s tackle bottled water. The cost of bottled water goes way beyond what you pay to buy it (which itself adds up after only a little while). It also takes an estimated 17 million barrels of oil per year to make the plastic bottles (according to onegreenplanet.org) and takes even more energy to have it transported throughout the world. Take into account that 80% of bottled water ends up in landfills and you see the problem. Water filters on the other hand (when you buy from FiltersFast.com) are as low as $18.99 for refrigerator water filters (and even lower for other types of water filters), can be delivered automatically to your door at the frequency of your choosing, and can even be recycled.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of benefits of water filters, but these are why I believe you should consider using water filtration in your home. Refrigerator filters, whole house filters, faucet filters, countertop filters and more are all options to choose from to get filtered water in your house.

Don’t Forget to Change

Changing filters is an important part of home maintenance. However, 1 in 4 Americans admit to forgetting to change their filters. Are you one? If you are, don’t worry. Remembering to change your filters can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be.

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We offer refrigerator water filters, furnace filters, humidifier filters and much more. FiltersFast.com is the source to change your filters.

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Hard Water: What is it and How to Reduce It

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According to the WQA (Water Quality Association), the most common problem reported by consumers throughout the US is hard water. According to a U.S. Geological Survey, hard water is present in more than 85% of the country. Yikes!

What causes hard water

More than 60% of the earth’s water is groundwater. As it travels through soil and rock, it picks up minerals (including magnesium and calcium) along the way. These two contaminants (calcium and magnesium) produce hardness in water. Generally, hardness is measured in grains per gallon (gpg).  For example, if a water test indicates a range of 1.0 to 3.5 gpg, the water is considered slightly hard. If the measurement is greater than 10.5 gpg, the water is rated as being very hard.

How to know if you have hard water

  1. Clogged pipes and appliances is a common sign of hard water. Hard water mineral deposits can build up in pipes or plumbing equipment, coffee makers, and more. You may notice a reduced water flow.
  2. You may notice a film on their shower tiles or bathtubs, or even on yourself. The film that is left often results in additional scrubbing and scouring of the affected fixtures, and can cause hair to be dull and limp, and dry the skin. Also, your water heating costs could increase as a result of hard water. Hard water mineral deposits can form an insulating barrier between the heating element and the water to be heated.
  3. The calcium and magnesium in hard water negatively act on many detergents and soaps causing a reduction in their cleaning capabilities. The soapy residue they form can be abrasive and reduce the life of clothing.

How to solve your hard water problem

To solve the problem of hard water in your home, filtration will be the most effective approach. By investing in a water softening system, it will “swap out” the excessive magnesium and calcium (as well as other hard water minerals present) for sodium ions. These ions will decrease the negative effects of hard water in your home.

Three main parts make up water softeners:

  1. Resin bed: Made up of small bead-like materials. The beads will attract and hold positively charged ions(such as sodium), but will exchange them whenever it encounters another positively charged ion such as magnesium and calcium.
  2. Resin tank: Contains the resin bed
  3. Brine tank: Holds the dissolved salt solution that is necessary to “regenerate” the resin (i.e to reverse the ion exchange operation). The salt will force the magnesium and calcium ions to be released, where they are then discharged as waste during the backwashing cycle. The beads will then be ready to once again attract hardness ions from the water.

Conclusion

Chances are you’ll come face to face with hard water and some point in time, but with the right tools, you can reduce the chances of it being a consistent nuisance in your home.