As most everyone knows today, tap water is filled with chemicals and contaminants that are harmful to you and your family, and many people are turning to some type of filtration for their homes. One popular system is a simple faucet water filter. This is a unit that attaches directly to your faucet and filters the water as it comes out of the tap.
These filters are an economical and easy to use way of filtering contaminants from the water you drink and cook with. One drawback is that they may not remove all contaminants and, for that, you might need something a bit larger and more powerful such as a reverse osmosis water filter. On the other hand, they do leave in the minerals found in water and there is much debate today as to whether the distilled or reverse osmosis water is healthy because the minerals are removed during this type of filtration – the faucet filter leaves them in.
If you are in the market for a faucet water filter, you’ll want to buy one that has a dual filtration system. Ideally, this will be carbon filtration as well as sub micron filtration. This type of filter will remove sediment and chlorine as well as lead and chemicals like pesticides. If you opt for only a carbon filter, many toxic chemicals will not be filtered and will still be in your drinking water. Don’t be fooled into thinking that water that is free from icky smells or tastes is also free from chemicals – many of them have no smell or taste at all.
Removing contaminants from your drinking water is a big step towards your good health, but what about the water you bathe in? The pesticides, chlorine and chemicals in your water won’t only harm you when you drink them, they can also be absorbed into your body through your skin. The chemicals in water turn into gasses when they are “steamed” (as in when you shower), and inhaling them can push them right into your blood stream. So, while a faucet filter is great, you might consider filters for your showers too, or a whole house filter.
If you are in the market for a faucet water filter, you want to do your due diligence and research the different types as well as think about if that is really adequate for your needs. There is no sense in buying an expensive faucet filter and then opting for a whole home system 6 month later. No matter what system you buy, be sure you get a data report that tells you what contaminants the filter will filter out and at what percentages.