Water Filtration Systems: Here is What You Need to KnowPoor water quality can cause a host of problems, including an unpleasant odor and taste, mineral scale buildup, excessive sediment accumulations, or bacterial or viral contamination. Whole-home water filtration systems can address these types of issues using three methods: a filter medium, UV light or a chemical process.

Advantages of Installing a Whole-Home Water Filtration System

With a whole-home filtration system, you’ll benefit from an improvement in water quality at every fixture, faucet and water-using appliance. That’s because the system is installed right where the water supply enters your home, so it’s treated before it’s distributed. There are systems available to solve specific water quality issues, so you’ll want to have your water tested as a first step. Then, talk about the available options with a licensed plumber, who may advise installing:

  • A water softener that uses ion exchange to reduce hardness.
  • A system that uses reverse osmosis to clear out sediment.
  • A UV-light to zap bacteria, viruses and other biological contaminants.
  • An oxidizing or activated-carbon filter system to improve taste and eliminate odors.

If your water test results reveal multiple issues, your plumber may recommend a multi-stage system that uses a combination of the above methods. With the correct system in place, you’ll enjoy other benefits too, such as:

  • Better tasting, healthier water. If your filtration system removes chlorine and other chemicals, you’ll have better tasting water that doesn’t smell bad. A UV-light system that kills harmful biological contaminants can give you safer water for drinking and showering.
  • Less wear on your plumbing system and appliances. A system that gets rid of minerals that form scale in appliances like your washing machine, water heater and dishwasher can help they last longer, and protect your plumbing system against premature deterioration too.
  • Safe, clean water when municipal supply problems occur. When you have a whole-home water filtration system, you won’t have to worry in the event of a broken water main or contamination in the municipal supply.

To learn more about having a water filtration system installed in your Grand Traverse County home, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water filtration systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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