There is a wide range of homewater purification systems (water filters) that are currently available in the market, and each uses a differentwater purification technology in order to produce safer, cleaner, and all-round better water for you and your family. But, do you know what the besttype of water treatment is for your home?
With more and more contaminants found in water due to environmental and industrial changes and factors, it’s now more crucial than ever for us to understand more about differentwater purification technologies. Water is vital for our bodies, and we have to protect ourselves. One of the ways we can do so is to only drink the purest water, with the help of water purification filters.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the different types of water treatment we can install in our homes to improve our lifestyle, and our health:
Reverse Osmosis:A process to reduce dissolved ions (like salts) from water in which pressure is employed to force the water through a semipermeable membrane. This will then transmit the water but reject most of the other dissolved materials. When it is then forced against the surface of the membrane, the dissolved materials repel while the water molecules are diffused through the membrane molecule by molecule.
Ultraviolet: Sunlight is a powerful thing and has long since been known to kill micro-organisms. The UV rays from the sun are used in Ultraviolet Water Treatment Systems - although at much lower intensities. Ultraviolet disinfection works alongside water purification systems to provide clean water.
Filtration: The process in which water passes through the water purification system that may include one or more filters. The purpose of this is to remove turbidity, taste, color, iron, or odor. This design can be a loose media tank-type or cartridge like device. In general, the process may include mechanical adsorptive, and catalyst/oxidizing filters.
Distillation: Distillation causes water to be converted by heating, into a vapor state, and the vapor cooled and condensed into a liquid state, which is then collected. It is the process of removing the water from its constituents or contaminants; as compared to other processes where contaminants are removed from the water. Distilled water is one that has been purified by passing through one or more evaporation - condensation cycles and contains essentially no dissolved solids.
Water Treatment for Hard Water
There’s no doubt that hard water is a nuisance for most of us. It can cost homeowners thousands per year in cleaning expenses and maintenance. The labor and chemicals required to solve hard water problems along with the eventual replacement costs of equipment can be astronomical. Hard water can come into contact with dishwashers, water heaters, laundry equipment, swimming pools, and many other household appliances. All are at risk of the negative effects of hard water and all can end up forcing you to put down a large sum of cash to fix.
When hard water moves through your pipes for an extended period of time, it produces something called ‘scale buildup’. Similarly to the human body, where blood vessels can be reduced inside diameter due to cholesterol buildup, water pipes can gradually close up. This results in less water movement through the pipe, ultimately lowering the water pressure. This scale, along with reducing the life of your equipment, can also raise costs of heating the water, lower the efficiency of electric water heaters, and can clog your pipes.
Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, both those minerals being magnesium and calcium. You may have already felt the effects of the hard water in your home. Do you remember the last time you washed your hands with soap? (As Covid-19 is on the loose, we hope the answer to that question was very recently!). Well, depending on the hardness of your water, you may have felt like there was a film of residue left on them. A tip to keep in mind is that, if you do choose to stick with hard water, more soap or detergent is needed to get things clean, be it your hands, hair, or your laundryRead More >> Hard vs soft water
Understanding Your Homes Current Water Treatment
The first step in knowing what the best water treatment is for your home, is to understand what type of water you currently have running out of your taps. If you are on a public water supply, it most likely meets national safety standards. While this doesn’t necessarily make it ‘good water’, it means that you won’t experience any major health issues when using it daily.
However, if you’re using a private water supply, you gain full control over the type of water you’re drinking, and you yourself are the only one responsible for monitoring the quality of the water.
Whether you’re currently using public or private, your goal in mind should be to reduce health hazards such as bacteria, chemical pollutants, toxic substances, or simply to remove nuisance problems such as bad odors or hard water.
Before you go and lash out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a new type of water treatment, you should know the quality of your current water supply. Hard water and odor can sometimes be detected just by simply observing it. However, looking for the detection of bacteria, potentially toxic substances, and other contaminants, usually requires laboratory conducted tests.
Whether you ask a professional or you can see yourself that it’s just not very clean water, this can often be solved by repairing or replacing the existing water system.
So What Type of Water Treatment Is The Best?
When on the search for the best type of water treatment for your home, we always recommend going for the salt-free water softener option in order to treat hard water in the best, healthiest, and environmentally friendly way possible.
There are so many great things about salt-free water softeners, check out how they can help in achieving a healthier lifestyle:
- Salt-free water softeners are cheaper than water softeners that contain salt.
- No need to worry about set up as the installation is easy.
- Salt-Free Softener = no waste.
- Your household appliances become more efficient and last longer too.
- The biggest bonus of all - no chemicals washed into the environment.
- Healthier hair and skin without polluting the environment.
- Save money, time, and strength! No lugging bags of salt around.
- Less maintenance is required for salt-free water softeners.
- They offer exceptional water filtration.
As stated above, on average, a salt-free water softener usually costs much less than a salt-based one. They are also very easy to install. Furthermore, this type of system requires much less maintenance as no electricity is needed to run cleaning cycles, and no water is wasted when purging minerals from the resin bed.
It’s literally as easy as that! Save on your water, your electricity bills, and if you’re health-conscious, you’ll love the fact that no added salts are used in the softening process.
Overall, salt-free water softener systems waste less water and don’t add additional salt back into your environment. This system is a thrill when trying to combat the negative impacts of hard water. When looking at water purification systems, it all just depends on what factors are most important to you. Is it price, environmental impact, healthy filtered water, or are you just looking to follow the new trend?
Salt-Free Water Softener Treatment at Filter Smart
Filter Smart offers hard water filter systems that use absolutely no salt, potassium, or any other chemicals usually used to treat hard water. Our salt-free water softeners do not use sodium or salts like traditional water softeners. Instead, they leave beneficial minerals that we all need for a healthy diet. What’s more? We have proven results of reduced limescale on household appliances from thousands of customers around the world!
When it comes to environmental impact, we at Filter Smart believe that you cannot get through a single day without somehow impacting the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what type of difference you want to make. That’s why our salt-free water softeners are designed to require no water waste or electricity in order to backwash. This is just one of our many efforts in helping to reduce our environmental impact.
From the words of the incredible Mr. David Attenborough: ‘‘It's surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.’’
Believe us, there is a long story about our changing planet, and there’s so much we can do to save it and help it thrive. Start today by investing in a salt-free water softening system to help yourself and your family, all species, and your planet.