You drink and cook with your home’s drinking water every day, but don’t assume that it’s healthy and pure. Municipalities add chemicals to water and there may also be environmental pollutants in the water supply. Review these types of water filters to decide which is best for your home.
Activated Carbon Types of Water Filters
Activated carbon is the most common method for filtering water. It is both affordable and versatile. The water filters built into refrigerators and in pitchers are made from activated carbon. You can also attach an activated carbon filter directly to the faucet.
These filters remove chlorine from the water, which is added to municipal water supplies. Activated carbon also filters pollutants like pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, VOCs, and sediment.
Distillation brings water to the boiling point and leaves pollutants behind when it evaporates. Once the steam cools, you’re left with purified water. These systems are effective water filters but they do require electricity to function and are slow at purifying water.
Reverse Osmosis Types of Water Filters
Reverse osmosis is a water filtration process that has the ability to remove more contaminants than other methods. This technology filters out heavy metals like lead and salts like fluoride. While it is one of the most thorough water filtration methods, these systems are expensive and waste a lot of water.
A UV water purifier is not technically a water filter but instead removes viruses and bacteria from water by destroying their DNA. Water passes under UV light, which kills living organisms. It doesn’t remove any non-living contaminants, so a UV purifier should be paired with another type of filter.
Have your water tested by a professional to help you best choose from the different types of water filters available.