Convenient and reliable access to clean and safe water is perhaps the most important condition in your home.
We use water every single day for a multitude of household appliances and daily tasks, including drinking, bathing, washing, cooking, and more.
Water Filtration Benefits
Whether your desire is to improve the taste, smell, or purity of water, filtration can benefit your health, energy bill, and more. A wide range of concerns can be addressed by different types of water filtration systems.
Doctors emphasize the importance of sufficient daily water intake, as the human body needs water to survive and optimally function. In fact, more than half of the material composition of the human body is water.
Water that is free of odors and contaminants tastes fresher, encouraging a higher daily water intake for you and your loved ones.
“Some people do not like the taste of their tap water. Sometimes this is because of the disinfectant (like chlorine) that helps keep the water safe from germs. Sometimes minerals or other naturally occurring contaminants like sulfur-containing compounds that are not harmful change the taste of the water. Activated carbon filters (the type of filter found in many refrigerators and pitcher filters) can help reduce unpleasant tastes and odors.” — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The benefits of filtered water extend beyond drinking it for its great taste. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), lead, and bacteria are contaminants that can interfere with optimal health outcomes.
Skin is the largest organ of the human body, absorbing what it comes in contact with. When you shower or bathe, your body absorbs water through contact with your skin and water particles of steam through your lungs. Water filtration ensures higher quality and safety for all forms of water consumption.
Your Energy Bill
Other contaminants, such as mineral deposits, can accumulate into buildup, which reduce the
efficiency of your water heater. A mere one eighth of an inch of limescale buildup in your water heater may lead to a loss of over 25% of its efficiency.
Mineral scale buildup not only reduces the efficiency of your water heater, but also the appliances that use water in your home. This affects your energy bill for the total energy spent on household functions like bathing and washing. Consider your laundry machine and dishwashing machine, which become less energy efficient as mineral buildup interferes with the mechanics of the appliance. Moreover, mineral scaling leads to hard water, which does not lather soap as well as conditioned water.
Whole-Home Vs. Point-Of-Use Water Filtration
Whether you have one or several concerns about your water purity, an expert at California Plumbing can help recommend the best solution for your specific home and lifestyle. There are generally two types of water filtration systems: whole-home and point-of-use.
Point-of-use systems may be installed near a particular fixture or appliance, such as a faucet or sink. A faucet-mounted filter allows you to switch between filtered and unfiltered water, whereas a faucet-integrated filter is installed into the faucet. Point-of-use systems will be less expensive than whole-home filtration.
However, whole-home filtration may be required if you are concerned about certain contaminants that cannot be filtered by point-of-use filtration. California’s groundwater contamination has raised water quality concerns about arsenic, nitrates, pesticides, and more.
The cost of water filtration installation in California ranges from $900 to $6,000, with an average cost of $4,000. While water filtration cannot remove every single water contaminant, a variety of solutions exist to significantly reduce the amount of various contaminants and their harmful impacts to your health and home.
Water Filtration Installation
If you are interested in water filtration, hire a licensed and trained plumbing professional to ensure certified and proper installation. California Plumbing is committed to helping you in improving your water quality. You can give us a call to ask questions or book an appointment.
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