Choosing the Best Drinking Water System for Your Ohio Valley Home

You can never be too careful when it comes to your well-being and that of your family. One of the most important, yet overlooked, steps you can take is ensuring that your home has clean, healthy drinking water. Decisions that affect your health and have a huge impact on your life can be difficult to make, so it is important to be well-informed. When deciding on which water filtration system is right for your home, there are a few different options to consider.

Reverse Osmosis 

Reverse osmosis, or RO, systems are an alternative to buying bottle water. If your concerns are taste & odor in your drinking water or your concerns are not knowing what is in your drinking water than having an under the sink reverse osmosis system would be right for you. RO systems are typically installed under the kitchen sink and an additional line can be run to the refrigerator for purified water and ice. They work by removing contaminants in the water that are up to 75,000 times smaller than a human hair. The RO does not collect and hold on to the contaminants like a typical filter but flushes them down the drain leaving your drinking water 95-99% pure. The purified drinking is then stored in a 3.2 gallon NSF storage tank. Then right before you drink the purified water it goes through a calcite filter which puts the good minerals back into the water and raises the pH in the water to an alkaline state. Not all RO’s use calcite so make sure you ask. RO systems are recommended for homes where there are a high number of contaminants in the drinking water or where the water is not drinkable. Whole house RO systems are not common due to high cost of purchase, install & service. An under the sink RO system cost about .50 cents a day to maintain and should last for about 14 years.

Whole House Filters 

Whole house filters are different from water softeners because they are design to remove just a few contaminants and whole house filters do not soften the water. There are 100’s of different kinds of whole house filters but the most popular whole house filter is a carbon/ dechlorination filter due to their low cost and many benefits. Whole house carbon/ dechlorination filters help with people with dry skin or sensitive skin conditions. They also help keep the colors in your clothing so that they last longer. Depending on the size filter you have they can filter from 20,000, 40,000, or 80,000 gallons of water before replacing. Carbon filters cost about .15 - .25 cents a day to maintain and should last for about 25 years.

Water Softeners

Water softeners are recommended for homes where the water is excessively hard, meaning it has a large mineral content. Typically, water is considered very hard if it contains over 7 grams of minerals per gallon. According to Cincinnati's last available water quality report, homes in the Ohio Valley average anywhere from 9-14 grams, depending on the specific area which is considered very hard1. Water softeners will improve your skin and hair, add to the cleanliness and life of your clothes and dishes, will save you money on soap, and reduce your water heating bill. Water softeners are often used in conjunction with a whole house filter and an RO system. When purchasing a water softener you need to consider the size, valve & warranty. Water hardness that is over 9 grams of minerals per gallon should consider a water softener that is at least 45,000 grains. Water softeners cost about .12 - .15 cents a day to maintain and should last about 25 years.
If you are unsure about the level of contaminants in your area, there are a number of free water tests available. Contact us today to schedule a test and discuss what water filtration option will best suit your needs and lifestyle.
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