Discolored, cloudy, foul smelling tap water is a sure sign that you need a water filter! Figuring out the right type of water filter for your home, however, is a bit tricky.
A quick search on Google and you’ll quickly realize there are not only a plethora of brands to choose from, but different types of water filters for removing different types of contaminants. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a professional plumber to turn your unhealthy tap water into crystal clear, H20 goodness!
This page will help you easily identify the right type of water filter for you.
Point Of Use Water Filter
Best Suited For: Single faucet use
A point of use water filter is a compact appliance or device that is installed directly at the point of use in your home. Attached to an inlet such as your kitchen faucet, piping, or shower, point of use water filters are compact and less expensive than whole house water filters.
If your need for clean tap water is confined to a single point of use such as your kitchen sink, showerhead, or outdoor shower stall, a point of use water filter is the best type of water filter for your needs.
Inline Water Filter
Best Suited For: Single point of use, kitchen sink or refrigerator
Also known as an undercounter filter, an inline water filter is another economic solution for clean tap water on demand. An inline water filter installs directly under your kitchen sink by attaching to the water pipe that supplies water.
In other words, an inline water filter is designed to filter your water straight out of the tap, which is really convenient. It can also be installed in your refrigerator. You may find these reviews helpful if you’re not sure where to buy an inline water filter
How To Install An Inline Water Filter For Your Refrigerator
Whole House Water Filters
Best Suited For: 2 – 3.5 bath Household, commercial use
Whole house water filtration systems treat your home’s entire plumbing system, providing clean tap water at every point of use. They require installation and regular maintenance to work effectively. Reverse osmosis, UV and deionization are just a few of the types of filtration methods used to remove contaminants in your tap water.
Be sure to choose a whole house water filter with adequate flow rate of at least 5 – 6 GPM (gallons per minute). A quality whole house water filter should be able to keep up with demand in your home. Insufficient flow rate will make your water filter less effective at removing contaminants.
Countertop Water Filter
Best Suited For: Household kitchen, office kitchenette
If convenience and lack of space are concerns for you, a countertop water filter is a great option for supplying clean drinking water in your home or office. Reasonably priced and widely available, a countertop water filter, or sinktop water filter, can vastly improve the quality and taste of your tap water.
Maintaining a countertop water filter is fairly simple but does require an investment. Top brands design special filters that can filter up to 10,000 gallons of water before they need replacing. At 1 litre per day (half a gallon), that means a quality filter can last you years!