Water contamination is a hot topic nowadays. Just a few days ago, it was reported that a cancer-causing chemical was found in hundreds of the well water in California. In a separated occasion, residents in Jeanerette, Louisiana experience rust colored water from their tap water.
The tap water no longer safe as compared to a decade ago. Most people are aware about the seriousness of these problems and taking preventive measures to keeping their family safe. One of the way is to get a reverse osmosis water filter system.
Why Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis is a common and effective method in removing 99% of contamination dissolved in the water. It uses pressure to force contaminated water to pass through the fine membrane leaving only pure water after filtration.
This method is proven and has been used for more than a decade. Many of the system are fully certified by NSF and WQA on their effectiveness and quality on removing contamination.
Which Is Suitable For My Home?
There are so many reverse osmosis water filter system for home in the market right now. While
most of the system works well in most cases, there are some system might be good in city water but bad in well water source. Here are the 5 factors that you should consider before buying a water filter system.
1. Source Water
If you living in urban areas, in most cases the water source comes from a nearby water treatment plant. City water has been treated before channel to homes. Hence, it is often contain less contamination.
For other sub-urban areas where private wells are the main water source, the contamination normally are quite high where it consists of living microorganism, virus and bacteria.
To get rid of these contamination, a system with UV light sterilizer is highly recommended to eliminate the microorganism in the source water. You can consider Home Master TMHP or the iSpring RCC7AK-UV which is great for well water source.
2. Water Pressure
Water pressure is a crucial factor for a reverse osmosis system to work correctly. Sufficient pressure is needed to push the source water through the membrane to filter off the contamination and produce clean water.
Most of the urban housing are able to meet the minimum water pressure requirement of all reverse osmosis system. However, if the source water pressure is less than 40PSI, you will need to look for models that comes with a booster pump.
3. Filtration Quality
The rejection ratio of reverse osmosis water filter system differs from companies due to the technology differences. Apart from the reverse osmosis membrane filter, there are pre-filters and post filters that will determine the effectiveness of the entire system.
Most company claims that their system are able to removed up to 99% contamination from thesystem. One method to gauge the effectiveness is using a total dissolved solid (TDS) meter to measure the filtered water against the source water.
TDS measure is a good method, but shouldn’t be the sole method to gauge the effectiveness. A reverse osmosis system with alkaline remineralization is often having higher TDS as compared to those that don’t have the feature.
Last but not least, check on your community’s Consumer Confidence Reports on the water quality in your area. You should be able to know what are the contamination are in the source water. Using the information, you can choose the suitable reverse osmosis water filter system for your home.
4. Flow Rate
Flow rate depends on many factors such as water pressure and water temperature. Most of the reverse osmosis system is able to produce 50 gallons per day (GPD) at a optimum condition. For most cases, the amount is about 10-20% lesser as stated.
Hence, if you have a huge family of 8, you shouldn’t go for a system that only produce 50 GPD. APEC ROES-90 or iSpring RCC1UP-AK are one of those systems that claims to be able to produce about 90-100GPD.
Before buying any water filter system, you should consider two types of cost, the initial cost and maintenance cost. Initial cost is pretty straight forward as it is the initial purchase price of the filter while maintenance cost are cost for filter and faulty parts replacement.
For most cases, the maintenance cost will be higher if the replacement of filter is frequent. If you are on a tight budget, APEC ROES-50 and Express Water RO5DX is able to save some maintenance cost in the long run.
My Personal Recommendation
One of the best brand for reverse osmosis water filter system for home is Home Master. Their system is not using the old school canister system which is totally different from other reverse osmosis system in the market.
Apart from that, their patented Full Contact Technology remineralized the water twice in the system provide an alkaline state in the final filtered water.
The Home Master TMAFC is the best seller product and received excellent review from it’s existing customers. Although the price is slightly expensive, it is definitely worth investing in such a quality product for you and your family’s health.
Check out our full review on the Home Master TMAFC.