How to Choose the Right Home Water Purification System

Posted By Louis Szabo on Oct 26, 2016 |

Choosing the best home water purifications system is sometimes easier said than done. There are so many competing technologies out there–distillation, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light filtration, and carbon/ceramic filtration. Each of these has their pluses and minuses. Let’s take a look at them.

file000768989512To begin with, I’m glad you’re thinking about getting a home water purifications system. When you learn about it, read the reports, and keep up with the latest research, it’s completely shocking the number of toxins and carcinogens that have made their way into our water system over the past twenty to thirty years. We’re drinking everything from pesticides to prescription drugs! Not only that but if you get your water from a public water treatment system, then the chlorine that’s used for disinfecting your water could easily be the worst of the worst as far as your health is concerned.

To choose the right home water purifications system, you need to know about how they work. Let’s start with distillation.

Distillers work by warming up the water until it vaporizes, then collecting the pure vapor in a “clean” part of the distiller, or in another vessel. Distillers work great, but they probably should not be used with chlorinated water. Chlorine tends to make volatile compounds with organic material, which are carcinogenic. These compounds are also as volatile as water and tend to collect in the supposedly pure water. Also, distillers are by far the most expensive of all four types of water purification system.

Reverse osmosis works well, but it has two disadvantages. One: it tends to demineralize water. That is, it takes out the trace minerals like potassium or calcium, which are supposed to be in our water naturally. Our bodies need these trace minerals, so drinking demineralized water might not be that good for you. (No one knows this for sure, because studies haven’t been done. In my mind, it’s best to err on the safe side.) Reverse osmosis is also very wasteful. The units themselves are not nearly as expensive as distillers, but they waste about four or five gallons of water for every pure gallon that’s created.

Ultraviolet light exposure is used in a home water purifications system that’s geared only toward filtering out or purifying living contaminants, like bacteria, viruses, or microorganisms. UV works well, but it’s drawback is that it can do nothing for non-living impurities like lead, asbestos, pesticides, or prescription drugs.

Perhaps the best systems are made with carbon/ceramic filtration technology. You can buy a home water purifications system for a single faucet using this technology for as little as $100. You can also buy a very good water filtering pitcher for $20. These units are easy to maintain, and also do a great job!

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