Aquasana Whole House Water Filtration System ReviewBy John Davis - October 28, 2015
The Aquasana Whole House water filtration system is a really unique product. That’s because once it’s installed, you won’t need to change the main filter for ten years. That makes it a low maintenance choice for your home.
The Aquasana is a POE (Point Of Entry) filter. That means it filters water as soon as it comes into your home. The result is that every faucet and appliance in your house is going to have fresh, filtered water.
In addition, the Aquasana Whole House water filtration system has several optional upgrades. These include a sodium free water softener and a UV filter.
Numerous reviews have commented on the very high quality of filtered water that this system produces. Its large main filter and smaller pre and post-filters are very effective at removing unwanted contaminants from water.
Unlike other systems, the Aquasana doesn’t use a backwash system. Instead, it has a unique design that keeps channels from forming in the filtration media.
Another nice feature of this system is that it doesn’t waste any water. Some Reverse Osmosis systems require up to 10 gallons to create a single gallon of filtered water. Not the Aquasana. It filters all the water that comes into the system.
You’ll also never have to worry about running out of water. Reverse Osmosis systems have a daily limit to how much fresh water they can produce. The Aquasana Whole House water filtration system doesn’t, and with a 7 GPM (Gallons Per Minute) peak flow rate, it can produce all the water that your household needs. Reverse osmosis also removes minerals from water, which some say may not be safe.
Since this is a whole house system, every faucet and appliance in your house is going to be running on filtered water. Not only is this healthy for you and your family, it can also extend the life of the appliances in your home. That’s because with unfiltered water, magnesium can build up which can lower the life expectancy of dishwashers and washing machines.
The large size of this filtration system means that it will need to be installed in a basement, garage or outdoor area. If you choose to install it outdoors, Aquasana offers sunprotected sumps for the pre and post-filters.
The Filtration System
The first stage of the filtration process is a sediment pre-filter. This catches rust, silt, dirt and other large particles.
The second stage filter uses a copper-zinc and mineral stone formula. This type of filter is also known as a “redox” filter and it’s a very effective way to clean water. Copper and zinc are molecularly dissimilar, and by putting them together an electrochemical reaction is created in which electrons are transferred between molecules.
When harmful pollutants run between these two metals, their chemical structure is changed and they become harmless. This redox filter can take out chemicals like copper, lead and mercury. It also filters out other compounds like water soluble heavy metals and inhibits bacteria and algae growth
The third stage is a coconut shell activated carbon filter. This type of filter is very common because activated carbon has a tremendous surface area that water must pass over. As water passes over the activated carbon, contaminants are stripped out and left behind. This stage filters out chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, industrial solvents and other harmful chemicals.
Finally, a fourth stage sub-micron post-filter catches any remaining sediment that is still left in the water.
Together, this filtration system exceeds NSF (Public Health and Safety Organization) standards by removing up to 97% of chlorine. However, you should be aware that the Aquasana Whole House water filtration system does not remove fluoride.
It also doesn’t take calcium out of the system. That means if you have hard water (an excess of calcium and magnesium), you may want to consider purchasing an additional filter to get rid of this compound.
The Aquasana Whole House water filtration system costs $1,098.59 from Amazon and it comes with free shipping. You can also buy it directly from Aquasana.com.
While the main filter is rated for an incredible ten years or 1,000,000 gallons, you will need to replace the smaller filters more often. However, the cost of these filters is low.
The pre-filter needs to be replaced every 1 to 3 months (depending on your water usage) and a four pack is only $20. The post-filter needs to be replaced every 6 to 12 months and costs $29.95.
This means that while the initial upfront cost of the system is high, the annual operating costs are very low.
Installation of the System
You cannot install this system by yourself. You will need to pay a plumber to install it, which will cost several hundred dollars.
Unfortunately, many reviewers have commented that the installation directions for the Aquasana are so poor that even plumbers have had difficulty understanding them. This is a weak point in the system, and unusual since other people have commented that other products by Aquasana have very clear instructions.
You can check out the video below to get a better idea of what it takes to install a similar unit.
Warranty and Support
The Aquasana Whole House water filtration system comes with one of the best warranties on the market. First, it has a 90 day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the system during the first three months you can return it for a full refund.
The main warranty is for 10 years. You will need to have a professional plumber install the system in order to get this warranty though.
Aquasana has several different support options. On this web page is a contact form you can fill out. There is also an email address and telephone number that you can call.
Aquasana has a physical office in Austin, Texas.
Pros and Cons
- Incredible ten year warranty
- Filters for many common contaminants which results in a high quality drinking water
- Low annual operating cost
- Whole house filtration means your appliances will last longer
- Initial price is two to four times more than other water filters
- Have to pay for a professional plumber to install this system
- Large size means you can only put it a limited number of places
After 50 reviews the Aquasana Whole House water filtration system has 4.2 stars out of 5, which is good but not great. Some people don’t like that you need a professional plumber to install the system and others have commented that the pre and post-filters wear out too fast.
Additionally, many reviewers have commented that the optional water softener is a bad deal, ineffective, and not worth the money.
Despite its high initial cost, this system is actually a good deal for your household. The filters you do need to change regularly are cheap. It doesn’t require electricity nor does it waste any water. On top of that, the 10 year warranty means that if anything goes wrong the expense won’t come out of your pocket.
Some reviewers have even commented that their plumbers have installed this system in their own homes. That in itself is a great seal of approval.
If you don’t mind paying more upfront, the Aquasana Whole House water filtration system is a good water filter for your home. It requires only minimal maintenance and has been designed to work for a decade.
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