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By Randy in Dunlap, TN on 2/24/2007


Anybody have any good recommendations on whole house filtrations systems and their costs?

 

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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 2/24/2007


Why do you feel like you need a whole house walter filtration system?  What is in your water that you would like to have removed from your water?  What uses do you need this substance removed (e.g. if you don't like the taste of chlorine in your drinking water, is it acceptable in your laundry water, your shower water, your toilet flush water, do you irrigate your lawn)?  I tend to think it is much more cost effective to customize your system to treat only the water that needs treated, and leave water that doesn't need treated untreated.  However this probably isn't an off-the-shelf solution, nor is it necessarily anything that might compare to anyone else except in your immediate locality.

Some more quick questions:

1) Are you on well water, or municipal water supply? 

2) If on municipal water supply, have you asked your municipality for a water analysis?  These are free for the asking.  Understand that the water analysis will be at the point of treatment, and not at the point it enters into your house.  Such things as chlorine will be lower at your house than at the point of treatment.

3) What is the water distribution between the treatment and your house?  Is it an older system, subject to leaks and potentially lead in materials?  This directly impacts what your water authority wants to put into the pipes, and may directly impact their treatment processes.

4) If you are on well water, have you sent your water to a reputable lab for analysis?

5) Armed with this analysis, what would you like to change and why?  What uses do you need this changed for?  What uses is it acceptable to use untreated water? 

6) How much maintenance are you prepared to perform on your water treatment system?  Filters need to be changed, water softeners need salt, etc.  Are you willing to be diligent or do you want a set-it-and-forget-it type of system?  And what happens to your water quality when this maintenance is not performed adequately?

7) Only once you have this information can you ask relevant questions about the best water treatment system for your purpose.


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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 2/24/2007


I agree with most of the points Kenneth brings up.

I would recommend a whole house filtration to a softener system. Softener adds salts and alters existing water chemistry, it also requires that you do something else for drinking water.

First cost of whole house filtration is higher than a softener and RO combo set up, but cheaper and easier to operate and maintain. Price depends on what you need for treatment and size.

A good whole house filtration is a set-up from CL Free. They also have point-of-use systems.

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