If you've been toying with the option of getting a water treatment system, you probably know a number of options are out there, from portable systems, under the sink filters, counter top systems, and ones that target every faucet in your home. The latter are known as whole house water treatment systems, and while they may seem like a bigger initial investment, they come with a slew of benefits. Here are five great reasons to feel good about making the investment.
It Treats All Water That Enters Your Home
As you probably know, water filters remove harmful chemicals and bacteria as well as sediment. A lot of people opt to have one installed at their kitchen sink where they get their water for drinking and cooking. But since a whole house filter is installed at the entry point—usually beyond the water meter and in front of the water heater—all the water that comes into your home is safe for consumption.
It Improves the Quality of Your Home's Water
Most whole house water treatment systems are a little different, but they have the same goal in mind: to improve the quality of your home's water by removing certain contaminants, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, lead, and heavy metals that lead to sediment.
It's generally a good idea to read your city's water purity report to learn what sort contaminants have been found. That way, you'll know what kind of system to look for. Some systems only remove sediment to extend the life of your pipes, appliances, and cookware.
Other systems will target germs, chemicals, chlorine, and even chloramine, a harmful chemical that some municipalities put in water for the sole purpose of making it safer. The problem is that chloramine can also lead to the formation of toxic byproducts that might cause cancer and other health problems. Not only that, it's not even proven to be as effective in killing harmful pathogens as chlorine. If your city uses chloramine as a disinfectant, be sure the system you invest in is capable of removing it.
You'll Enjoy "Cleaner" Showers and Baths
Chlorine in bath water can cause a host of problems a lot of people may not be aware of. First of all, when it heats up, it releases THMs, which are harmful to your health. But aside from that, large amounts of chlorine can also cause dizziness and headaches when inhaled, and it can irritate your eyes.
Chlorine is also a skin irritant, leaving it dry and itchy. And since whole house filtration systems also remove heavy metals that lead to sediments, you'll notice a huge difference in how soft your skin and hair feels after washing.
Your Appliances Will Last Longer
Hard water can reduce the life of your appliances as sediment and other heavy metals build up. With a whole house water treatment system, you can effectively extend the life of your water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator (if you have an ice maker), and even your coffee pot. Some people even notice their cookware is easier to clean and tends to last a little longer, too.
You'll Save Money
There are a number of ways that owning a whole house water treatment system can save you money.
Soap. The harder the water, the less lather you'll get. So by softening your water, you should notice that your soap lasts longer.
Energy. When sediment builds up in your appliances, it reduces their overall efficiency, and sometimes they have to work harder. Less sediment means better efficiency, which equates to a lower energy bill.
Bottled water. The bottled water industry continues to grow, but the cost also continues to soar. It's been estimated that, on average, bottled water costs about $1.22 per gallon. But when purchased as an individual bottle, that number climbs to about $7.50 per gallon. Households vary in the amount of bottles purchased each month, but imagine how nice it would be to put that money right back in your pocket.
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