Water filtration systems are growing in popularity in Houston and all over the country. If you are in the market for a full-home water filtration system, there are a few things to consider before purchasing.
First, evaluate your specific needs. Are you only interested in a drinking water filter or would you like a shower filter as well? If you are interested in filtering all of the water in your whole house, remember that there is no such thing as a “whole house water filter”. You will always have utility water for washers and such, and water for drinking or showering. Because of this, you will need to address each situation differently. A pre-filter removes dirt and sediment and most of the chlorine. Some people choose to add a water softener to take care of the hard minerals as well. This can protect the plumbing and fixtures from erosion. If you choose to do this, also think about installing a reverse osmosis system for the drinking water portion, as it will remove the salts that the softener puts into the house water.
For the drinking water portion, you will need a solid carbon block-type filter down to 0.5 microns and is NSF certified to remove the widest range of contaminants possible. You may want to do some personal research about Houston’s water supply and also brands of water filtration systems that fit your needs the best.
Consider consumer advocate organizations for qualified leads for best brands with the highest standards. Choose systems that have reasonable maintenance costs and cartridge replacement costs, as you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to keep it working! Also check the business history for the manufacturer to ensure that they know what they are doing and will support you and your product.