What type of water filter do I need?

Water filtration systems can offer many options. From under-sink to countertop, and different stages of filtration which can catch different contaminants depending on your needs.

But what do water filters really do? And what contaminants can a reverse osmosis system reduce? Let us help explain it here in this blog.

Water Filters At-A-Glance

what are the best water filters for home

Sediment Filtration (50µ - 10µ)

Sediment filtration is widely used in both commercial and residential scenario and comes in various forms and sizes. Their main purpose is to remove larger particles that are in the water and block them from entering to the next stage of water filtration. They are relatively inexpensive and have a higher capacity due to the nature of the contaminants that they filter out. An example would be our whole line of Fortitude V Series Sediment Filtration.

What does Sediment Filtration remove?
      • Dirt
      • Rust
      • Sand
      • Sedminent
      • Silt
      • Scale

Carbon Filtration (10µ - 1µ)

Like Sediment filtration, carbon filtration is also widely used in both commercial and residential scenario and comes in various form and sizes. Carbon filtration can remove contaminants that often associated with taste and smell, hence, are often used in kitchen sink faucet, refrigerator where it serves as a basic type of filtration for drinking water. An example would be our whole line of Fortitude V Series Sediment Filtration.

What does Carbon Filtration remove?
      • Chlorine
      • Odor
      • Chemical
      • Taste
      • Color
      • VOCs

Sub Micron Filtration (1µ - 0.5µ)

Sub-Micron filtration is a type of carbon filtration but with a much denser microscopic pore that allows them to adsorb contaminants that a standard carbon filtration can't. They are usually used in a point of use scenario due to their lower capacity but is very effective in removing contaminants that are detrimental to human health. An example would be our whole line of Dash Series Countertop Drinking Water System.

What do Sub Micron filters remove?
      • PCB
      • Pesticides
      • Lead
      • Herbicides
      • Chloroform
      • Heavy Metals

UF Ultrafiltration (0.1µ - 0.01µ)

Ultrafiltration is a thin strain of membrane that can have a pore size down to 0.01µ (micron). They are not as popular as reverse osmosis due to manufacturing cost, but they are a great alternative to people who want to have clean water but don't want to strip everything from the water such as calcium and magnesium. They are meant for point of use application due to their lower capacity and are most often time found pair up with carbon and sediment filtration to help extend their usage. An example would be our whole line of Dash Series Countertop Drinking Water System.

What does UF Ultrafiltration remove?
      • Bacteria
      • Cysts
      • Viruses
      • Suspended Particles

Reverse Osmosis (0.0001µ)

Reverse Osmosis is the most effective and widely accepted water filtration for both residential home and large water treatment plant. And can really make a difference in the catching contaminants in tap water. Originally designed as an affordable solution to desalinate ocean water and make them potable, they can remove contaminants all the way down to 0.0001µ and produce pure water as a result. An example would be our whole line of Premier Series Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Systems.

What does Reverse Osmosis remove?
      • Arsenic
      • Barium
      • Copper
      • Flouride
      • Mercury
      • Radium
      • Sea Salt

As you can see. Not all water filters are the same.

From simply removing the taste and odor of water to filters that can literally prevent viruses and bacteria from passing through. Different types of water filters are needed for different situations. 

But regardless if you are getting your drinking water from city maintained sources, or tapping into a private source like a well or dugout. Adding a water filter system to your home can not only change the taste and making it more enjoyable to drink. but also support that taste with pure clean water.

Have you added a RO system to your house already? What change did you notice in the taste? Comment below!

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