Most people have turned to water filters instead of relying on their cities to provide the cleanest possible system. There are many types available and each has a specific method of use. The installation for some has to be done by a professional plumber. Others can be installed or used by any consumer from the point of purchase. The type that is chosen depends on the quality and personal preference desired.
A whole house system often requires a professional installation. Consumers with the required skills can often accomplish the job. The system has to be placed before the pipe spreads out to the various faucets in the house. Many systems require the house pressure to be turned of before the filter can be removed for cleaning. However, there are styles that include the filtration separately and allow the pressure to remain on.
Under the counter systems can use flexible tubing for installation. Many people will choose to hire a plumber to install these systems, but they can be installed with the use of flexible hoses. Both incoming lines should be attached. The outgoing can then provide direct lines to the faucet tubes under the counter. These take up significant space under the counter. Keep in mind that you will want to keep enough space to provide maintenance and cleaning.
Faucet mounted systems are the easiest to install and maintain. The biggest problem is fitting these to non-standard faucet ends. They simply screw into the tip of the faucet. The filters are easily replaced, often without having to remove the entire device from the faucet. There is usually an indicator that shows when it should be cleaned.
Counter top systems install similar to the faucet mounted systems. These also screw into the end of a standard faucet tip. These do not require a professional plumber. They sit on the counter next to the sink and include a tank that holds the filtered liquid. This provides a continuous supply.
Reverse-osmosis systems are more complicated for general installation. Since the systems include a complicated filtration and waste system, it is often desirable to have a plumber do the installation. The system includes a special faucet that is added to the regular counter faucet. This will provide the pure H2O. The system also is attached to the drainpipe to dispose of the waste that occurs during filtration. Though this is more complicated, it provides the safest possible filtration.
Carafes do not require any installation. These are simply water jugs with a filtration system included. Typically, you will simply run regular water into the top portion. This then filters over time into the bottom half. This is often the most desirable system because it is the easiest to use.
Water filters can be purchased in many different shapes, styles, and sizes. To decide which system is best, an evaluation of need is appropriate. Depending on the quality of the supply coming from the city, a bigger, more robust system may be needed. Otherwise, the smaller systems may provided enough clean H2O for family use.