Water filtration systems help improve the water quality within your home by removing organic particles from your water supply. Different types of filters will remove different particles—some are designed to 'soften' hard water by removing calcium, while others treat plant growth within your plumbing or water supply. However, all types of water filters can be broadly categorized into two main groups: whole house filters and point-of-use filters. Though both types of water filters perform the same function, they do so in different ways and, thus, each possesses a distinct set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding what each type of water filter has to offer can help you choose the one that best fits your home's needs.
Whole House Water Filters
Whole house water filters, sometimes also called point-of-entry water filters, are installed at the main water valve for your home. By doing so, whole house filters make every water fixture throughout your home clean and potable. The biggest advantage of a whole house filter is the fact that it is extremely convenient and very easy to maintain. Only a single filter for your entire house has to be replaced.
However, it should be kept in mind that whole house water filters are more expensive than their point-of-use counterparts, and the installation process is much more involved. This only further increases the cost of the system, as more time and money has to be spent putting it in place, which makes whole house water filters less than ideal for homeowners with tight budgets.
Point-of-Use Water Filters
Point-of-use water filters, like their name suggests, are installed directly at individual water fixtures, only filtering the water for that specific appliance. These filters are much more affordable than whole house water filters, which makes them ideal for homeowners operating under a budget. This means that you can still filter your drinking water without cleaning the water for appliances where it doesn't matter as much, such as toilets and garden hoses, enjoying the same benefits at a lower cost.
However, point-of-use water filters require more maintenance over time, as each water filter uses an individual filter that needs to be replaced after a set period of time (the exact period of time will vary depending on the type of filter used). This represents higher long-run financial and time commitments when compared to whole house water filtration systems.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from William C Diamond Plumbing & Heating.