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Whole House Water Filters vs Reverse Osmosis Filtration System

by Max Dichter

October 29th, 2015

Whole House Water Filters vs. Reverse Osmosis Systems

Which is best for your home? A whole house water filter? Or a point-of-use reverse osmosis filter? Both have their benefits and drawbacks, but your water usage habits will determine which one is right for you.

 If you need to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System  or a Whole Home Water Filter System, call (844) 473-7849 or book online!

Whole House Water Filters

Whole house water filters are known as point-of-entry filters. They filter water at the main water line, treating water for the entire home. They're good for cleaner bath and shower water. If you don’t have any specific contamination issues, then a whole house system filter system may be right for you. They are not made to filter out a broad range of contaminants but are good for removing chemicals such as chlorine and chloramine. These chemicals are used to treat water by killing bacteria, viruses, and waterborne diseases. Whole house filters also remove:

  • sodium

  • potassium

  • hydrogen sulfide

  • pesticides

  • microbial pathogens

  • volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  • odors

There are two types of whole house filtration systems: a heavy duty system and a standard capacity.

Heavy Duty Filtration System

This system is good for long-lasting, efficient filtration. They are large tank systems, about 50 inches tall, and last for 5-10 years.

Standard Capacity Water Cartridge

These durable filtration systems are smaller, 10-20 inches tall, and need to be replaced annually. What they lack in longevity they make up for in affordability. 

Reverse Osmosis Filtration

Reverse osmosis systems are point-of-use, as opposed to point-of-entry. They are placed near the plumbing fixture they are intended to filter. They have excellent longevity, only requiring annual filter changes. It is extremely effective at removing a variety of contaminants. Its semipermeable membrane filters contaminants as small as 0.0001 microns, making it an excellent filter for drinking or cooking water. 

It has a more limited average flow rate than its whole house counterpart - usually 45 gallons per day. Whole house filters are effective at up to 10 gallons per minute.

A reverse osmosis filter removes the following contaminants.

  • cryptosporidium (a bacteria that causes stomach cramps, diarrhea, and other health problems)

  • arsenic

  • nitrates

  • sodium

  • copper

  • lead

  • organic chemicals

  • fluoride

 If you need to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System  or a Whole Home Water Filter System, call (844) 473-7849 or book online!

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