Ensuring great water quality in your home has never been easier thanks to affordable, high-tech home-filtration technologies. Current technologies on the home roster currently include carbon filtration, reverse osmosis and water-softening systems. But soon there will probably be an app for that.
As experienced home water experts in Oshawa, Bowmanville, Pickering and Ajax we are regularly asked which home water technology is the best—and this is a tough question because it depends on your water goals.
When we determine what someone’s water goals are we ask them what they are looking for. Do they want a water filter that covers the whole house? Will this include showers? Or will a single-faucet treatment system work? Does the system need to be attached to the plumbing? What type of contaminants are you looking to filter out? Do you have hard water? It takes a series of questions to determine each household’s specific needs.
To simplify the water equation though, there are three common systems that are in-demand: carbon filtration, reverse osmosis and water-softening systems.
If your primary goal is to remove hard water then a water-softening system will be your hot ticket. These systems swap out the hard-water ions in calcium and magnesium for the soft-water ions in sodium and potassium. These systems are generally whole-house system which requires installation by a home water expert in Oshawa, Bowmanville, Pickering and Ajax.
Reverse Osmosis Systems
Reverse osmosis water-filtration systems are extremely popular due to the sheer number of contaminants they remove from water. They accomplish this through basic science, by passing water though a semi-permeable membrane (often after a one- or two-stage carbon filtration cycle). Contaminants removed through reverse osmosis systems include: sodium, chloride, heavy metals like copper, chromium and lead. They also reduce the amount of arsenic, fluoride and nitrates. Reverse osmosis water-filtration systems require professional installation as they require a special faucet and storage tank.
Carbon water filtration systems can be used on their own or in combination with a reverse osmosis water-filtration system to remove a number of chemicals and metals from water. This system cleans your water by passing water through tiny carbon granules. Installation varies depending on the exact type of system installed, and should be discussed with a home water expert in your area.
For more information on each type of water system click here, or simply call Hayes—your home water expert in Oshawa, Bowmanville, Pickering, Ajax and surrounding areas to learn how you too can get great water quality in your home.