Clean water is something that many people take for granted. Without it, you couldn’t shower, cook, or drink without risking your health. While many areas have stellar tap water, your Sarasota, Florida, home is better off with a home water filtration system. With one of these systems, you can remove the impurities that pass through even the most rigorous water treatment facilities. By installing a water filtration system, you can enjoy a bevy of benefits that improve your health and lifestyle.
Types of Water Filtration Systems
Before you pull the trigger on a water filtration system, it’s important to note the three types available for most homes. The first type is a reverse osmosis water system. Although it sounds like you need to crack open a high school biology textbook to understand how it works, it’s actually simpler than you may have thought. Using air pressure, a reverse osmosis water filtration system forces water through a semi-permeable membrane. This removes most of the contaminants from the water and is the most effective system. Most reverse osmosis systems remove the contaminants in five, six, or seven stages, and produce from 50 to 90 treated gallons each day.
The next type is an activated carbon water treatment system. This is the most common and least expensive way to filter water in your home. They’re installed right at the source of the tap, and using carbon filters, they remove parasitic organisms, heavy metals, and other chemicals. Most often, people use these systems in their kitchen for pure cooking and drinking water.
The last type of system is an ion exchange filter, or water softener. This system uses positively charged ions to attract negatively charged ions found in elements such as barium, magnesium, and calcium. While these elements aren’t harmful in small doses, large amounts can adversely affect your health, damage pipes, and cause drinking water to taste bad.
Now that you know the various ways to purify your water, it’s time to talk benefits. One of the foremost advantages of a water filtration system is cost savings. Instead of buying bottled water, you can drink straight from the tap. For most families of four, this translates to savings of about $500 to $700 a year. On average, the most expensive reverse osmosis system only costs about $300 to $500 a year with an annual filter replacement cost of $50 to $80. You’ll even get to see these savings within a few months of installing your water filtration system.
Although it may take years to manifest, unfiltered water can eventually cause plumbing problems that require the help of one of our licensed plumbers. Heavy metals in drinking water can damage pipes and appliances over time, but it can happen so gradually that it comes as a shock or surprise when a problem occurs. Your dishwasher, ice machine, water dispenser, and garbage disposal are all at risk of disrepair without a water filtration system.
Saving the Environment
According to studies, Americans purchase over 50 billion bottles of water a year. The only problem is that only 23 percent of these bottles find their way to a recycling center, while the rest go into a landfill. With your water filtration system, you won’t add to the mess of plastic that goes into landfills; this will lower your carbon footprint and provide a sense of self-satisfaction at the same time.
Clean Drinking Water
Drinking from the tap won’t kill you, but when you look at all the toxins that remain in drinking water after water treatment facilities, you may be shocked. Most water treatment plants pump fluoride and chlorine into the water to treat it, yet high doses of these elements are bad for the human body. With a water filtration system, you can remove over 2,000 toxins that aren’t pulled from the water at these facilities. The result is healthier, better tasting water.
Although a home water filtration system may seems unnecessary to some, its benefits far outweigh the initial and residual costs. If you’ve decided to make the change to healthier, cleaner water, it’s time to give us a call at Aqua Plumbing and Air. We’llprovide a free water test and have your system up and running in no time at all. Contact us today at 941-306-3715.
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