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7 Signs of Faulty Wiring in Your Bradenton, FL Home

7 Signs of Faulty Wiring in Your Bradenton, FL Home

Older electrical systems in your Bradenton home may not always be able to power modern gadgets. When it comes to household devices, our company considers your safety paramount. Protect yourself and your property by paying attention to these seven signs of faulty wiring.

1. Overloaded Extension Cords

Too many extension cords are often a precursor to electrical problems. Well-designed houses usually keep electric lines in walls and ceilings. Lines are better protected when covered, and having many extension cords make it easier to overload your circuits.

When disturbed or altered, especially by unqualified parties, the potential for trouble is high. Extending your cord exposes the lines to additional points where cords can kink, short out or get pinched. This leads to tripped breakers, damaged outlets or even a fire. Call a professional anytime this happens.

2. Dimming From Faulty Wiring

Dimming or flickering lights is another vital sign. Typically, lighting doesn’t use much electricity, which means that the cause may not be the lighting appliance itself. If this happens, have an expert check whether other appliances, like washing machines or microwave ovens connected to the same circuit are the cause.

This problem can potentially short circuit your home appliances. Our experts mostly recommend moving some appliances to another circuit if frequent flickering occurs.

3. Funny Smell

If you get an uncommon smell every time you connect an appliance, beware. New gadgets give off a smell from paint or some parts that come into contact with electricity.

If the gadget is older, something is amiss. This is especially true if something smells like burning, melting or smoke. Should this happen, unplug any home appliances, and then contact us to schedule a visit from one of our electricians.

4. Sparking of Faulty Wiring

We take it very seriously when a call comes in about sparking from a breaker panel, fuse box or outlet. Contact an expert immediately if you see this. This could lead to gadget malfunction or a fire. A certified electrician will give you more details about whether the problem is on the gadget or electrical system.

Sometimes appliances have problems that arise from the power outlets. If the system doesn’t operate silently, don’t ignore it. Turn off the power, and find a reputable company or electrician to check it out.

5. Arcing Faults

Another sign of a faulty wiring comes from arcing faults. These faults are major causes of electrical fires, and they come about when electric wires or terminals are loose, corroded or damaged, and the electricity jumps across a gap from one side to another. This gives electricity another path off its intended course and is a common fire risk.

Fortunately, arc faults are preventable by installing the arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI). If you live in Bradenton, FL, homes where the electricity outlay was installed 40 or more years ago, installing AFCI units is highly recommended.

6. Fake Electrical Gadgets

It feels good to get night lights, power strips or extension cords at a fraction of the retail price. However, striking a bargain may leave you with counterfeit products that don’t meet industry standards. A reliable company ensures that the product has been certified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

7. Lack of Insulation

If you feel some unfamiliar warmth from your wall, switches or outlets, the wires may not have enough insulation. Also, make sure that your bulb is within the recommended wattage. Excess heat poses a danger of fire.

Also, if you see any rodent droppings near wires, it may be a sign of impending electrical damage. Sometimes these little animals chew on wires, leaving them exposed.

Watching for the signs of faulty wiring problems can help you prevent the dangers associated with electricity. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air Manatee, FL, if you notice any of the signs above.

We are known for professionalism, experience and timely management of electrical problems. Contact Aqua Plumbing and Air for services ranging from an inspection to a full home rewiring.

Now Is The Perfect Time For a New HVAC System. Here’s Why.

Now Is The Perfect Time For a New HVAC System. Here’s Why.

With Summer still bringing the heat and humidity for another couple of months, now is the perfect time to invest in a super energy efficient new cooling system. Our End of Summer Clearance Sale offers deep discounts on a variety of top-notch heating and cooling systems. With so many great HVAC system deals, now is the perfect time to enjoy all the benefits of an HVAC upgrade.

Start Social Distancing in Style

From Florida to California, many Americans across the country have had to adapt to a new normal. That means working from home, attending school remotely, and staying indoors more often than ever before. It’s a major adjustment, but comfortable and consistent living conditions can certainly make life easier in the era of social distancing. Of course, even if you aren’t cooped up at home all day, it’s always nice to relax during your downtime.

A new HVAC system from Aqua Plumbing & Air is an easy, cost-effective way to invest in your comfort and wellness. We carry multiple products to choose from that have been engineered and tested to deliver unsurpassed heating and cooling performance. Our professional service technicians have the training and experience to recommend, install, and configure the perfect system for your needs. When we’re finished, you’ll be ready to enjoy hassle-free comfort no matter what the world throws your way.

Spend Less to Save More on a New HVAC System

Heating and cooling your home throughout the year isn’t cheap, but it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. The truth is that many Florida homeowners lose money every month due to obsolete, inefficient equipment and poor installation practices. Even systems from just a decade ago fall far short of the efficiency standards of modern equipment. To make matters worse, many older systems haven’t been sized, configured, and serviced properly to achieve optimal efficiency. Unless you’ve recently had your equipment replaced by a professional, you could be paying a pretty penny for wasted energy.

With proper installation, upgrading to high-efficiency HVAC equipment can save up to 20% on your monthly utility bills. Considering how much time most people are spending at home these days, that can mean a bundle of cash.

For a limited time, you can save even more with our End of Summer Clearance Sale. Offers include Aqua Instant Discounts of up to $1,000, Carrier Cool Cash savings of up to $1,650, and 0% financing on qualifying systems. You may also be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $500 on qualifying high-efficiency equipment.

Purchase a Little Peace of Mind

In uncertain times, it’s reassuring to know there are some things you can always count on. With precision engineering and industry-leading quality standards, our HVAC systems are near the top of the list. If your current HVAC system has seen better days, there’s no better time than now to invest in a replacement. From high-powered air conditioners to versatile and efficient heat pumps, you’ll find outstanding replacement options at even better prices.

By upgrading your aging or failing equipment, you can lock in improved performance and reliability for years to come. That means a more comfortable home, fewer HVAC repair calls, and one less thing to worry about. Best of all, new systems include 10-year warranties on parts and labor when paired with a scheduled maintenance plan.

At Aqua Plumbing & Air, we’re proud to bring Florida Suncoast residents in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Manatee counties the best deals on home heating and cooling. Our End of Summer Clearance Sale expires Nov. 15, 2020, so give us a call today for all the details.

7 Ways to Lower Your Water Bill

7 Ways to Lower Your Water Bill

Whether you’re saving up for a big purchase, putting away money to go on a nice trip, or looking for ways to increase your disposable income to pay off some outstanding debt, it’s important to manage your finances. Your water bill probably isn’t the most expensive of your monthly payments in Sarasota, FL, but if you’re looking to cut down on expenses, every dollar counts. Before you start downgrading your cable package and canceling subscriptions, take these steps to ensure that you’re not flushing money down the drain on your water bills.

1. Upgrade Your Faucets

No matter how high-end the faucets you have installed are, over time they will wear out. The gaskets and seals designed to keep water in your pipes will eventually stop working at full functionality. This is one of those areas where being cheap on upgrades could end up costing you on your water bill.

While there has long been an emphasis on turning off faucets while you’re brushing your teeth to save water, consider upgrading your faucets completely to eliminate those slow leaks that are costing you money. When you’re upgrading those faucets, make sure that you look into options that regulate the amount of water that comes out, which will cut down on waste every time you use them.

2. Track Down Possible Leaks

Homeownership is an expensive concept when you’re only paying for the basics. By the time you’re paying other utility payments, insurance, and other unavoidable fees, you don’t have the extra money to throw away on undiscovered plumbing leaks.

Finding plumbing leaks in and around your home is important for multiple reasons, though. Not only can it save you money, but it can also cut down on the risk of structural and environmental damage to your property. Therefore, leak detection is good for savings and your safety.

Water leaks, whether they be in your home, somewhere in your yard, or even under the house, can lead to water damage and other bacterial growth. Severe leaks can also lead to a compromised foundation.

Every so often, it’s a great idea to have someone who is trained in plumbing leak detection to come in and evaluate your plumbing system. This professional will know how to detect warning signs of leaks, the areas where they’re the most common, and be able to help you remedy any issues that may have come up within your system.

3. Less Is More When Doing Laundry

It can be incredibly tempting to throw in a few articles of dirty clothes to keep the size of your laundry loads from getting out of control. However, your attempt to save on the amount of time you spend doing laundry may be costing you money.

Your washing machine doesn’t lessen the amount of water that it uses based on the number of clothing articles in the machine. That means that throwing in that small load of t-shirts is using the same amount of water as a full load of dirty clothes would use.

While it may lead to more time when you’re folding and putting up the laundry, only using your washing machine for full loads of laundry can go a long way toward saving money on your monthly water bill. Just be sure not to overload it to the point of breaking the appliance.

4. Take Shorter and Fewer Showers

We know, there’s something incredibly relaxing about coming home from a long, stressful day at work and taking a long, hot shower to unwind. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with doing that every once in a while, those daily showers that allow you to de-stress may be draining your bank account.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), showers account for nearly 20% of the water use in most homes. That means that those long, relaxing showers may be pouring your money straight down the drain.

Personal hygiene is certainly important, and no one is suggesting that you skimp on making sure that you and your family are getting clean. However, if you can cut down on the amount of time that you’re in the shower, even by one or two minutes, you can cut down on a lot of wasted water.

5. Install Efficient Showerheads to Save on Your Water Bill

Speaking of showers, you may be losing water as soon as you turn the water on without even realizing it. Older showerheads may be half as efficient as those made more recently.

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 altered the standards of showerheads, requiring them to lower their flow rate to no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Before that date, showerheads could use five or more gallons per minute.

While that means that newer showerheads don’t waste as much water, those made before 1992, and those that were already on shelves for some time after that new regulation are still out there wasting twice the amount of water that environmentally-friendly models produce. If you’re looking for ways to cut down on the amount of water you’re home is using, start with those showerheads.

6. Using the Dishwasher Saves on Water Bill

The concept of loading and unloading a dishwasher can seem tedious, but when you realize the correlation between your dishwasher and the potential financial savings it can provide, those few minutes suddenly seem worth it.

The average dishwasher uses six gallons of water every cycle. While that number may seem high, keep in mind that a full dishwasher can wash the dishes dirtied during multiple meals. Like your washing machine, make sure that you’re waiting until the dishwasher is full to turn it on, and you’ll save on your water bill.

In contrast, washing dishes in the sink by hand can use up to two gallons of water every minute. That means that your dishwasher is more than three times as water-friendly as washing your dirty dishes by hand. Get that dishwasher full and turn it on!

7. Be Careful About Outdoor Cleaning

It’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap of quickly spraying off your outside steps, walkways, and other areas that you want to keep looking nice. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to make sure that the outside of your home looks clean and tidy, it may be costing you simply because of the way that you’re going about it.

Some experts say that every time that you rinse off your driveway, steps, and sidewalk, you’re using 50 gallons of water or more. To put that in perspective, you could run your dishwasher nine times for nearly the same amount of water.

While it may require more elbow grease to forego spray cleaning, elbow grease is free. Instead of spending that 50 gallons of water to spray of your walkways, use a broom, and you’ll notice a difference on your water bill.

Speaking of water usage outside of your home, be careful when washing your car. While it’s a task that certainly needs doing, simply turning off the hose between rinses can save upwards of 150 gallons of water. That’s a lot of money on your water bill!

Why Professional Maintenance Matters So Much

Every system in your home requires maintenance, and your plumbing is no different. You probably already have your car routinely serviced for oil changes, filter changes, and tire rotations. You may already have a plan in place to have your HVAC system checked out once or twice a year by a licensed professional.

Consider setting up a plumbing maintenance program where one of our trained professionals comes once a year and checks out your entire plumbing system. Not only will this help you to recognize any current or potential problems, but it will also ensure that all of the appliances in your home that require water are running at their optimal level.

At Aqua Plumbing & Air, we realize that everyone is looking for ways to have a little more money in their pocket after end-of-the-month bills. That’s why we have a long list of services, each of which helps you get the most out of your home’s systems. If you’re interested in finding a way to reduce waste and save more money, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air today.

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Aqua Plumbing & Air is Certified and Commissioned to Install a Variety of Commercial HVAC and Fresh Air Systems

Aqua Plumbing & Air is Certified and Commissioned to Install a Variety of Commercial HVAC and Fresh Air Systems

The air quality inside your commercial building is an essential element that business owners, landlords, educators, and healthcare professionals cannot afford to overlook. If the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in your commercial business are delivering contaminated air to your employees — and experts estimate that half of commercial HVAC systems are contaminated — the health, productivity, and comfort of building occupants are at risk.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that Americans are indoors 90 percent of the time. Much of that time is in the workplace. Aqua Plumbing & Air takes indoor air quality seriously and provides the expertise you need to maintain a healthy, safe workplace. Our certified technicians install, repair, and service a variety of HVAC and air quality systems.

AAON Systems

Founded in 1988, AAON is a premier provider of heating and cooling equipment guaranteed to create healthy and comfortable indoor environments. Over the past decade, AAON has received numerous awards acknowledging its excellence in product design. Other awards include being named Manufacturer of the Year and listed multiple times on Forbes’ “Best Small Companies” list.

Benefits of AAON Systems

From energy recovery to dehumidification and temperature control, AAON equipment is known for its outstanding flexibility, serviceability, and performance. Products include chillers, heat pumps, and packaged rooftop units, and all of them feature exceptional benefits:

  • Most efficient light commercial rooftop unit with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 19.15
  • Design flexibility allows for expansion and modification
  • Variable-speed fans and compressors match demand with output
  • Durable cabinet construction resists damage, dampens sound, and averts air leaks
  • Uses curved plenum fans vs. belt-driven fans, which enhances maintenance and efficiency
  • Provides optimal dehumidification
  • Industry-leading gas heater warranty
  • Multiple control configurations

Daikin VRV

Since 1924, Daikin has been a global leader in air conditioning and air quality systems. With its focus on innovation, growth, and environmentally friendly products, Daikin offers energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems for commercial businesses of all sizes.

The Daikin VRV (variable refrigerant volume) air conditioning system is a trademarked technology that circulates the minimum amount of refrigerant when heating or cooling your commercial facility. VRV technology gives you individual control over different zones within your building.

Benefits of Daikin VRV

The Daikin VRV system, launched in 1982, connects one outdoor unit to multiple indoor units, similar to other multi-split systems. Each indoor unit determines its energy demands based on the temperature setting for each zone. The Daikin VRV system offers a number of benefits to business owners:

  • Connects up to 64 indoor units
  • Saves energy because it uses only the amount of power required
  • IEER (Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 28
  • Modular design provides flexibility and adaptability
  • Increased comfort through individual thermostats
  • Reduces unnecessary ductwork
  • Variety of indoor units enhances space usage
  • Exceptionally quiet during operation
  • Simultaneous heating and cooling
  • Environmentally friendly with single- or three-phase power
  • Flexibility in locating the condenser outside or inside
  • Ideal for situations where no ductwork exists or space does not allow for ductwork
  • Mitsubishi City Multi® VRF System

    A trusted name in the HVAC field since 1921, Mitsubishi Electric offers multiple options to meet the unique needs of large- and small-sized commercial enterprises. Mitbushi’s line of VRF (variable refrigerant flow) and ductless systems emphasizes efficiency, reliability, adaptability, and control.

    Benefits of Mitsubishi City Multi® VRF System

    The Mitsubishi City Multi® VRF System, paired with state-of-the-art controls, provides an excellent environment for any workplace. It has multiple benefits:

    • Targeted control in individual zones
    • Simultaneous heating and cooling through its two-pipe heat recovery system
    • 30 percent smaller footprint compared to earlier models
    • Superior performance with its hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology
    • Reduced noise levels
    • Efficient, environmentally friendly refrigerant

    Commercial Chillers and Cooling Towers

    Many mid- and large-size industrial and commercial buildings generate a lot of heat from manufacturing machinery, computers, electrical equipment, lighting, or people. Chillers are an effective way to regulate air temperature and dehumidify these types of commercial buildings. The two most frequently installed types of chillers are water-cooled and air-cooled.

    Water-cooled Chillers

    Water-cooled chillers are typically found in larger industrial and commercial settings and are commonly located in a mechanical equipment room. These systems generate and pipe chilled water to air handler units in different rooms, floors, or individual tenant spaces throughout the building.

    As the water circulates, it absorbs heat generated by the AC condenser. The heated water is sent to a cooling tower, where it is cooled and returned to the condenser coil to start the cycle again. Benefits of water-cooled chillers include:

  • Greater efficiency
  • Better control
  • Longer lifespan
  • Air-cooled Chillers

    Air-cooled chillers are better suited for smaller commercial buildings. They are often referred to as packaged units because all of the components are packaged together in one cabinet. Air-cooled chillers are usually located outside of the building. Benefits of air-cooled chillers include:

    • Easier to install
    • Less costly compared to water-cooled chillers
    • Practical when space constraints exist

    HVAC Maintenance

    Your HVAC system is the heart of your commercial efficiency and comfort, and its performance significantly affects your operating costs. Regular maintenance keeps your equipment functioning smoothly, enabling it to withstand the peak demands of Southwest Florida weather and avoid the downtime that adversely affects your business. More important, maintenance reduces the risk that poor indoor air quality will cause your employees and customers to become sick.

    The air quality level in your commercial building can change quickly if your HVAC system malfunctions. Inadequate ventilation fails to remove chemical and biological pollutants floating in your air as gasses or microscopic particles. High levels of humidity promote biologic and bacteria growth and trigger allergy and asthma attacks. Inconsistent temperatures lead to an uncomfortable environment and produce unhappy employees and customers.

    Whether you cool your commercial facility with central air, a ductless system, or a chiller, Aqua’s maintenance plans will keep your HVAC system working the way it should. Discovering and repairing problems while they are small ensures that your building has a steady stream of fresh, clean air.

    Experienced Commercial HVAC Professionals

    Choosing the right cooling system for your commercial or industrial building involves a variety of factors, including capacity, total life cycle cost, and energy efficiency. When your system distributes the right amount of air for your building’s heating and cooling demands, it ensures good air quality, improves energy consumption, and saves you money. Our certified technicians have the expertise to design, install, repair, and maintain a system that solves your commercial needs.

    Since 1974, commercial and industrial customers have relied on Aqua Plumbing & Air for energy-efficient products and outstanding commercial HVAC services. Our experience includes healthcare, schools, condominiums, and manufacturing. To learn more, call us today.

    Tips for HVAC Maintenance in Sarasota, FL

    Tips for HVAC Maintenance in Sarasota, FL

    Residents of Sarasota, FL, typically crank up the AC in the summer due to the increased heat and humidity. A fully operational HVAC system ensures that everyone has a comfortable environment. Regular HVAC maintenance checks on the HVAC system will include these six steps to make it function correctly and extend its lifespan.

    Inspect and Change the HVAC Filters

    An HVAC system that does not produce adequate cool air can be a symptom of a simple or severe condition. The solution to the problem can be as simple as repairing the ductwork or changing a dirty filter.

    The duty of an air filter is to trap air pollutants that go through the HVAC system. With time, clogged filters can restrict airflow. This makes the unit overwork, and it may lead to overheating and eventual system breakdown.

    Changing an air filter is an easy task that you can even do yourself. You should change your filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. In addition, inspect your filters once a month to make sure debris or dirt isn’t clogging them.

    Check the Evaporator Coil Drain Pipe and Drain Pan

    Many people are unsure where to find the drain pipe. This part requires regular maintenance, and that’s why you should inquire about its location and significance from your service technician.

    Algae often form inside the drainpipe. Many homeowners learn about a clogged condensate drainpipe when water is on the floor or marking a ceiling, depending on where the air handler is. You can use a wet-dry vacuum to get rid of the algae and a bleach solution to clean up the drain.

    Schedule a Ductwork Inspection

    A technician should inspect homes with ductwork periodically for any blockage. Over time, dust and debris accumulate in ducts, restricting adequate airflow and overworking other HVAC components.

    Regular cleaning of the ductwork can aid in improving air quality and extending the system’s lifespan. With regular maintenance, you’ll help protect your family’s health and keep money from leaking out of your bank account.

    Schedule Regular Professional HVAC Checkups

    A checkup or tune-up involves an onsite visit by a qualified HVAC technician to examine the system and make sure it functions optimally. The tune-up typically includes:

    • Changing or inspecting the air filter
    • Inspecting the drainpipe and drain pan
    • Cleaning the coils
    • Inspecting for leaks
    • Checking and cleaning the condenser and air handler
    • Optimizing your system as needed for effective energy efficiency

    You need to call a professional to perform a checkup twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, to protect the HVAC system from future breakdowns. Regular maintenance often enables the technician to spot any problem before it becomes a significant inconvenience.

    Inspect Your Outdoor Unit

    The presence of vegetation can affect outdoor units. Buildup of leaves and debris around the unit can restrict airflow, interfering with its performance.

    You need to ensure that nothing interferes with the unit’s performance. Cutting down nearby vegetation can protect your system from plant debris.

    Clean the Condensing Unit

    Most HVAC units have outdoor condensing units that disperse summer heat. After some months, pollen and dirt can clog the condensing unit’s metal fins. If you do not properly maintain your HVAC system, it may lose its ability to generate cold air and experience additional stress.

    The area around the unit should be clear of structures that may block airflow. Note that the condenser is a complex system, so have a professional clean it and straighten the fins when necessary. In addition, the technician can check the refrigerant levels and other components.

    A well-managed HVAC system can work more efficiently and boost indoor air quality in a home. This means you and your family will be more comfortable, and it could even help you save money on energy bills. If you want to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape, contact us at Aqua Plumbing and Air to take care of your heating and cooling needs in Sarasota, FL.

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    What Is Reverse Osmosis and Why Is It Beneficial?

    What Is Reverse Osmosis and Why Is It Beneficial?

    Nothing helps you handle the hot summers in Sarasota, FL, quite like a glass of refreshing water. Bottled water is always an option if you’re looking for something to hit the spot, but getting your own reverse osmosis filtration system installed could ultimately be less expensive and less wasteful. Reverse osmosis systems are extremely effective in filtering out contaminants, simple to install, and convenient to maintain.

    What Is Reverse Osmosis?

    Simply put, reverse osmosis is a method of water filtration that uses a special, semi-porous membrane to reduce contaminants. Also known as “RO” for short, reverse osmosis is commonly used by homeowners, dairy farmers, and even municipalities.

    How Does Reverse Osmosis Actually Work?

    When water is separated by a semipermeable membrane, a pressure gradient is formed. This pressure gradient pushes the pure water molecules through the membrane while keeping large particles, such as common water contaminants like lead and copper, from getting through. After the water is pushed through the membrane by the pressure gradient, it is then passed through another filter to further remove any additional contaminants that remain.

    Reverse osmosis systems generally have several different components. There are a few differences among the various setups that are available, but every RO filtration system generally has a carbon filter to remove chemical compounds, a particle filter for sediments, and a special membrane to do the bulk of the filtration. The best membranes remove more than 95% of the dissolved solids in the water.

    Not every contaminant, however, is a dissolved solid. Some of the most common other toxins found in water, including benzene and methylene chloride, evaporate into the air as byproducts of chemical reactions and then make their way into the piping systems. Removing these compounds from the water is the job of the carbon filter.

    In one form or another, carbon filters have been around for centuries. When carbon molecules are treated with pressure and heat, the molecules are then able to form a porous block of material that can trap organic compounds and remove volatile toxins from the surrounding environment. The most effective carbon filters are usually made from coconut shells, but filters from coal or wood can still do a good job.

    The particle filter of the RO system, on the other hand, takes care of dust and rust sediments that manage to make it into the water. Many of the older pipes in the United States were made with a special zinc coating that contains lead, and this lead can easily seep into your drinking supply if it isn’t filtered out. Several cities, such as Chicago, Newark, and Baltimore, have all documented lead issues in their municipal water supplies.

    The different filtering components of a reverse osmosis system are each effective on their own, but it’s the combination of these components that produces a synergistic effect. When the water first comes in to be filtered, it initially passes through the carbon and particle filters. This is known as the “prefiltration stage,” and most RO systems have between three to five other stages.

    After volatile organic compounds and sediment have been removed in the pre-filtration stage, the water then flows through the main membrane to filter out smaller dissolved solids. The water molecules that flow through the membrane then make their way to the storage tank.

    The storage tank holds the purified water molecules until you turn on your faucet. When your faucet opens, water is then released from the storage tank and sent through one final filter. After the water passes through the “post-filter,” it comes out of your faucet as purified as possible.

    In addition to removing volatile organic compounds, dissolved solids, arsenic, fluoride, and chlorine, reverse osmosis systems are also quite good at removing common herbicides and pesticides. The best systems have also been known to remove some bacteria and common parasites. Generally speaking, RO filtration systems come with five major benefits that many of our clients find quite useful.

    Benefit #1: Better-Tasting Water

    Tap water can have an unfriendly, metallic taste due to contaminants like iron and lead. When these metals are filtered out, however, the water tastes much smoother, and it can also be a lot better for your health. Many of the most popular bottled waters that you see on the shelves have actually been treated with reverse osmosis systems to make the finished product much easier to drink.

    In addition to filtering out metals and producing a much better taste, many RO systems can remove harmful microorganisms. The typical membrane has a pore size of roughly .1 micron, and this is much smaller than common microorganisms like Giardia, Salmonella, and E.Coli. When the water flows through the tiny pores, organisms that are smaller than the pores get left behind and excluded from your drinking water.

    Benefit #2: No Need to Worry About Lead Poisoning

    Lead poisoning is serious business. As one of the world’s most dangerous water contaminants, lead has been implicated in everything from high blood pressure to nerve damage to sterility. Lead also tends to bind with iron, and this can lead to anemia in the most extreme cases.

    The most recent case of widespread lead contamination occurred in Flint, Michigan, but several large cities have experienced similar issues. What’s even scarier, however, is that local governments have often been notoriously slow in fixing these issues. If you want to truly be safe from lead contamination, then you’re probably going to need to take water filtration into your own hands.

    Fortunately, a high-quality RO system is one of the most effective methods for removing dangerous levels of lead from your water. Carbon filters trap the lead while the rest of the water flows through to the membrane, and the result is safer water. Not every carbon filter is created equal, so you’ll want to make sure that the filters in your system have been properly tested before you put them to use.

    Benefit #3: A Reverse Osmosis System Is Extremely Economical

    RO systems do have a few different parts, but most of them are quite inexpensive. A world-class carbon filter, for example, typically costs less than $10-$15 per month to maintain. Even the main filtration membrane costs much less than similar devices.

    The best RO membranes can maintain their function for up to seven years, and the cost typically works out to another $10 per month when you factor in how long the membrane actually lasts.

    Benefit #4: Easy to Install

    Reverse osmosis systems don’t take a lot of time to install. The only thing that takes more than a few minutes is waiting for the storage to the tank to fill up for the first time. Other than that, the entire system can be up and running in a few hours.

    Benefit #5: Easy to Maintain

    Maintaining an RO system is a piece of cake. The particle and carbon filters only need to be changed once every several months, and the post-filter only needs to be changed yearly.

    Once the membrane has been properly installed, it usually doesn’t need to be replaced for at least 24 months. If you have a relatively clean water source to begin with, then the RO membrane should last at least five years.

    Not only are all of the RO system’s components easy to maintain and replace, but the overall health of the system is also quite easy to monitor. If you’re interested in checking up on your water quality at any time, then you can use a TDS meter to measure how many dissolved solids are coming out of your faucet. A properly functioning system will produce readings that are very close to zero.

    If you think that having a reverse osmosis water filtration system sounds like a good idea, then we’d love to show you how we can help. Here at Aqua Plumbing & Air, our knowledgeable professionals are known around Sarasota for their expertise in water treatment and RO installation. We offer free consultations and 24-hour emergency support, so contact us by email, phone, or live chat to set your appointment today.

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