Myths About Whole-Home Water Filtration Systems

February 24, 2022

When preparing to make a significant investment in your home that could impact the health of your family, you want to be confident in the decision you’re making.

If you’re considering a whole-home water filtration system for the first time, you may find yourself confused by the number of new terms you’re encountering. Between the softeners, the purifiers and the filters, it can all become a little overwhelming to those new to the world of water treatment methods.

If you’re feeling uncertain, you’re not alone—but we’re here to help.

To become more knowledgeable on the intricacies of water purification, read on. We’ll debunk some of the most common misconceptions and myths surrounding the topic that may unnecessarily complicate the decision-making process.

What is a whole-home water filtration system?

Before we dive into the myths, it’s important to understand exactly what a whole-home water filtration system is and what sets it apart from other methods of water purification. Many homes have what is called a point-of-use water filtration system: a water filter attached to a kitchen faucet or refrigerator door that gets filtered water into your glass whenever you want it. A whole-home water filtration system, on the other hand, is a point-of-entry system, connected to the water supply and purifying all water entering your home.

The whole-home approach ensures that all water used in your home is filtered in some capacity. You can also mix and match point-of-entry and point-of-use filters to completely customize your home’s filtration. If you have hard water, installing a point-of-entry water softener would ensure that all faucets and appliances are receiving softened water but that you’re not sending purified drinking water to your washing machine. If you also want purified drinking water, install additional point-of-use filtration systems to whichever water sources you’d like.

Myths about water filtration

What misconceptions could you be encountering in your quest for home water treatment? Here are some of the most prevalent myths:

  • You can soften water without salt: To soften hard water, ion exchange softeners replace calcium and magnesium for sodium. While no-salt filtration systems exist, they are not capable of softening hard water.
  • Whole-home filters are expensive: While some come with a big price tag, there are less expensive models—and both installation and maintenance of point-of-use systems can be higher than a whole-home system.
  • Whole-home water filtration damages appliances: Hard water damages appliances, so installing a whole-home water softener will actually extend the life of most appliances.
  • Reverse osmosis reigns supreme: While it can be great for point-of-use systems, reverse osmosis in a whole-home context may be inefficient, meaning your water bill could go up significantly if you took this route.

If you’re interested in learning more about the water filtration systems available to you, reaching out to a professional to get answers to your questions is a great first step. The friendly team at WES Water is available to discuss your needs and help you find the filtration solution that best meets them. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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