Best Water Filter For Your Home

A lot of people think that the water that comes out of their taps is safe to drink, and in the U.S. it does have to meet the standards set down by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1973. However, that piece of legislation only covers 91 pollutants, and a recent study of American tap water found 316 pollutants, 202 of which have absolutely no safety standards. The bottom line is, you should be filtering your tap water before you drink it.

But how do you pick which water filter is right for you? Most of us weren’t that into science class, and we can’t tell the difference between an osmosis filter, U.V. filtration system, or a carbon filter. A good place to start is the different standards for filters; that should tell you what your filter is bringing out of the water. “NSF Standard 53-Health Effects” removes chemicals and heavy metals, in addition to that chlorinated taste that most people hate. If you want to pay a little more, an osmosis system will remove a lot of toxic pollutants, and often uses a standard called, “NSF Standard 58-Reverse Osmosis.” And finally, “NSF Standard 401-Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants” is a mouthful, but it really means that it removes up to 15 contaminants, such as pharmaceutical drugs, heavy metals, and flame retardants.

If you’re on a budget or live in an apartment where you can’t make a lot of physical changes to your plumbing, your best bet is probably a pitcher filter – just make sure to change the filter insert often. If you’re looking to install something in your home that will last you awhile but still not break the bank, a reverse-osmosis filter is probably the way to go; for a little more they even have countertop ones! Either way, before you buy, arm yourself with the knowledge of what contaminants are common in your city’s water and which system would be best to remove them. Remember, clean water is essential to your health!