How to filter water: which method is best for your home?
Water quality in the U.S. has been making national headlines, which may have you exploring filtration options to take precaution. Your family’s health decisions lie in your hands, and choosing the right water filtration equipment is important – especially if you have young children.
From filtration pitchers to faucet heads and water coolers, there are many ways to remove harmful contaminants from your tap. But which option is worth your investment? Which method is best for your home? Here, we lay out how to filter water, and the pros and cons of the most popular options available.
Reverse Osmosis System
Reverse osmosis systems help eliminate contaminants other types of filtration tend to miss to make water safer and better tasting – all for just pennies a glass. Great for those using a well, these technologically advanced and innovative filters use the reverse osmosis process to significantly reduce contaminants such as lead, arsenic, chloride, fluoride, radium and other harmful microorganisms in water.
Reverse osmosis is the process of pushing water through a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities and harmful contaminants.
Learn more about how reverse osmosis works.
When it comes to water coolers, you have a couple of options: the classic bottled water cooler, or the newer, more environmentally friendly bottle-free water cooler. Both offer various water temperature settings, potentially free up kitchen counter space and are low-maintenance. (For instance, if you choose a classic cooler, your local Culligan water expert will periodically clean and sanitize your water cooler before or after a delivery.)
Bottle-free coolers attach to your water supply and run water through advanced filters to remove impurities and contaminants. The filtered water is stored in an internal storage tank, so you’ll have plenty on hand when you need it. There are no filters to change or bottles to replace.
Bottled water is a convenient way to hydrate during workouts, picnics, in the car and during meetings. If you choose Culligan bottled water, not only will your water taste great and undergo an extensive purification process, you can schedule deliveries to ensure you’re stocked up every time you are thirsty.
A popular option among households, having a water pitcher that filters out impurities can seem like a good deal (aside from it taking up room in the fridge.) But, if you maintain it as it should be maintained – and that means regularly changing out the filter as instructed – having a water pitcher can actually be quite costly. We’d advise calculating costs if saving money is a priority for you.
Faucet filters are easy to install and, depending on the brand, are rated for many contaminants. However, to provide safe drinking water for a family of four, a reverse osmosis system may be more cost efficient. Again, we recommend doing your homework. No matter what method you choose to purify your water, Culligan has the knowledge to answer any and all of your questions regarding options.