A water filter that goes under your home's kitchen sink can be a great investment for any homeowner; this type of filter is often stronger than the ones attached to a water pitcher in order to remove more impurities. However, they're not as expensive or difficult to install as a filter that attaches to the home's entire plumbing system. The water filters you might choose for under the sink are not all alike, so note some features to consider when shopping. This will ensure you get a filter that works for your home and that you're happy with for years to come.
Reverse osmosis versus carbon
A carbon filter gets changed regularly and somewhat easily; you may be able to simply unscrew the filter and put in a new one as needed. A reverse osmosis system is a bit more effective but complicated; the water goes through the filter twice, with larger particles of contaminants flushed away as waste. Excess water is then often kept in a tank that needs to be emptied rather than washed back into your plumbing. Water pressure is higher with a reverse osmosis system so you may actually use more water overall and these systems may be more expensive.
It can be good to get a faucet attachment for your filter for under the sink. This allows you two faucets; the one attached to the filter is the one you use for water needed for drinking and cooking. The second faucet isn't attached to the filter and provides your city-supplied water. You would use this faucet for washing dishes, watering plants and the like. Using a separate faucet for each water source can mean less wear and tear on the faucet you use for filtered water so that the filtering system needs repairs less often.
Don't underestimate the importance of choosing the right size filter. Your kitchen cabinet in which plumbing pipes are housed will be different than anyone else's, so don't assume you can accommodate just any size filter. You also need to consider if you want to keep other items under your sink, such as dish soap and cleaning products or dishwasher detergent. It can be good to actually measure the space for a filter under the sink and note if you have room for one you want or if you might need to downsize to a less effective but more compact model that will fit your kitchen.Share
29 June 2016
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