Whole House Water Filter FAQs

Why Do I Need a Whole House Filtration System?

How Do Whole Home Water Filter Systems Work?

What is Whole House Water Filter?

How Do I Select a Whole House Water Filter?

How Do I Install a Whole House Water Filter?

What’s the Difference: Are Water Softeners and Water Filters the Same Thing?

How Much Does a Whole House Filter Cost?

1. Why Do I Need a Whole House Filtration System?

Perhaps your neighbor had one installed and you were wondering why whole house filters are necessary.  Or, maybe you’ve been noticing the smell of chlorine in your shower and it’s been bothering your eyes, giving you headaches or even worse.  You may have even read about the ill effects of breathing chlorine while showering.  For these and more more reasons,  you’ve come to the right place to learn more about whole home water filters!

Most people purchase systems for their home for one of the following reasons:

  • Improve the TASTE of their water.  They may also be concerned about ODOR in their water.
  • They are concerned about their HEALTH. Chlorine or chloramines are dangerous to your health and so are many of the contaminants frequently found in city water or well water such as heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, and more.
  • They want an environmentally friendly and cost-effective means to ELIMINATE BOTTLED water.

What is Whole House Water Filter?

A whole house water filter is one that is attached to the Point of Entry – where the water enters your home.  They are becoming more and more popular because they are a cost-effective way to reduce bottled water usage and improve the quality of all your home’s water!

With a whole home water filter, every home in your house will have filtered water – including your drinking water, the icemaker, cooking water, your pets’ water, and very importantly, your bathing and showering water.

Most units are economically friendly when you consider the cost over the long-term.  For just pennies a day, you can have clean, fresh filtered water in every outlet in your home.

How Do I Select a Whole House Water Filter?

When selecting a filter, be sure to understand your water and its source.  Do you have municipal water?  (If you get a water bill, then yes you have municipal, i.e. “city” water.)  If yes, does your municipality use chlorine to disinfect the water?  Or perhaps it uses chloramines.  It is important to understand the difference because they require different filtration methods.

Do you have well water?  If so, have you had it tested?  Understanding your chief complaints will make the buying process much simpler.  For example, are you concerned about sulfur smell?  Or do you have a foul taste in your water?  Do you bacteria in your water?  Your best bet is to have the water tested.  Some firms will do this for free.  Be wary of companies that will sell you a well water treatment system without asking first what your issues are.  There are many types of solutions depending on what the issues are.  Keep in mind with well water there may need to be multiple solutions for multiple problems!  Make sure you deal with a company with extensive well water knowledge.

How Do I Install a Whole House Water Filter?

A licensed plumber can handle the job and typical installation will take roughly 2-3 hours.  If you consider yourself to be a very handy homeowner with plumbing knowledge, you may be able to do it yourself.  Keep in mind not all companies will honor warranties in the event of improper installation.

What’s the Difference: Are Water Softeners and Water Filters the Same Thing?

No, a water softener will only address the HARDNESS of water, and does not provide any filtration or contaminant protection. If your water is hard (and a simple test can tell you if it is), then you may wish to soften or condition it with a traditional salt-based water softener or the newer, more advanced no-salt water conditioners available today that do not require salt.  A conditioner will de-scale your pipes and appliances, but not change the properties of the water, i.e. it will not make your water “soft.”  

How Much Does a Whole House Filter Cost?

Prices online can start anywhere from about $300 to over $2,000 depending on your water situation.  If you have municipal (i.e. city) water, expect to pay $700 or more for a good system.  For well water, expect to pay at least $700 if your problems are minimal and up to $3,000 or more if your problems are extensive.

While this might seem like a lot of  money, keep in mind that a good filtration system will last for years and maintenance will be minimal.

A system purchased online can save you thousands of dollars over a local franchisor/dealer.

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