Find the Best Whole House Water FilterBy John Davis - July 7, 2015
Why You Need a Whole House Water Filtration System
Using water straight from your community water system can have many different negative effects on your home, your appliances, and your health.
For instance, removing lime and scale will help reduce scale in your water pipes and ensure all of your water using appliances last far longer. Softening your water will make clothes, sheets, and even your skin softer. Plus, you’ll pay less for detergents and use less water while rinsing. Purifying your drinking water can make your tap water healthier and taste better.
Of course you should have you water tested to know exactly what type of issues you might encounter, but it’s safe to say that pretty much every home can benefit from having a whole house filter system installed.
What Type of Whole House Water Filter Should I Look For?
Today, the most reliable and advanced whole house water filter systems use activated coconut shell carbon to filter water. There are a couple of reasons for that.
First, coconut is a renewable, natural resource. When manufacturers use coconut shells they don’t create industrial waste or foul byproducts. Consumers also enjoy knowing that their water is being filtered naturally.
Second, coconut is extremely effective at capturing nano-particles. These particles are the most common kind of water pollutant and their small size (one billionth of a meter) requires a specialized filtration media. Coconut shell carbon systems are extremely effective at capturing these minuscule toxins and removing them from the water.
Finally, crushed coconut shell carbon lasts for years, which means a homeowner will only have to perform minimal maintenance. In fact, most coconut based systems require maintenance only once every five to six years. That means from the time your kids are born, to the time they start their freshmen year of college, you’ll only have to change your whole house water filters three times!
When considering which water filtration systems to install into your home, you should also take into consideration NSF and WQA certifications. NSF is a third party accreditation agency that tests components and systems for durability and longevity. The agency is often employed by potential stockholders who want to learn if the product they are investing in is decent quality.
When you find a water filtration system that is NSF accredited or made from NSF approved parts, you know that you are getting a quality product. With minimal maintenance, a water filtration system is designed to last for decades. Look for the NSF stamp of approval to make sure that you’re buying the best.
The last thing you should consider when buying a new whole house water filtration system is whether it has a backwash feature.
When the water enters into the initial chamber of your system it passes through the filtration media (coconut shell carbon). As water always seeks the path of least resistance, in time channels can form in the coconut shells. This can drastically reduce how well your filter cleans the water, and is a known problem in the industry.
Thankfully, a backwashing system solves this problem. It automatically shoots high pressure water into the media, with enough force to shake up the coconut shell carbon. Not only does this get rid of the accumulated dirt and toxins, it shakes up the shells, forcing them to resettle on the bottom of the tank. When the coconut shells do resettle, they do so without any of the channels or grooves. The system is refreshed and working at full capacity again.
A backwashing system works regularly and automatically. You don’t have to worry about manual maintenance or cleaning.
Determining Your Peak Water Usage
When you’re ready to purchase a filtration system, you should gather a few facts about your own home first. Namely, what is your peak water usage?
Every water filtration system has a peak gallons per minute (GPM) limit. You need to select a system that is capable of filtering water during peak usage in your house. For many people peak usage happens in the morning while one or two showers are running and someone else is using water in the kitchen.
You can take five minutes and figure out your own peak water demands. For most two bathroom family homes, the peak number could be anywhere from 5 to 8 gallons a minute. If you fall into this range it means you can buy a lower capacity filtration system. However, if your family uses more than 10 gallons of water at peak capacity, you’re going to need to buy a filtration system capable of handling larger peak capacities.
Green Carbon 10 – Single Stage Water Filtration
The Green Carbon-10 whole house filtration system is the ideal size for 1 to 3 bathroom homes. At 10 gallons a minute peak capacity, it offers enough peak flow for most single family households. Furthermore, the Green Carbon-10 uses coconut shell based carbon to filter unwanted particles and toxins out of the water.
Another surprising aspect of this filtration system is that it doesn’t use electricity. Not only is it designed to last for decades, but it’s long term operating costs are virtually nonexistent. In fact, APEC backs the Green Carbon-10 with a ten year guarantee.
While the Green Carbon-10 is the perfect fit for smaller homes, those with larger water demands have the option of buying the larger Green Carbon-15. This system has a peak capacity of 15 gallons a minute. APEC claims that this is an adequate peak supply for houses with three to six bathrooms.
Unfortunately, while the Green Carbon-10 and Green Carbon-15 are the most economical choices for your home, they don’t offer a backwash system. The company insists that the activated coconut shell carbon is stirred adequately using a simpler, more primitive system. However, many experts who are familiar with whole house filtration systems insist that this simple flushing system is inadequate and that a backwash system is vastly superior.
Getting an automatic backwash system doesn’t have to break your wallet either. For an additional $50 you can get the Whole House Max-10 or Whole House Max-15 filtration system. These two models offer the same level of water purification as the Green Carbon-10 and Green Carbon-15, the only difference being that they backwash the coconut shell media.
What a difference that is though! Because of their automatic backwash system the media can last for more than 10 years. That means that with only minor upkeep this system could treat up to 1,000,000 gallons of water before the media needs to be replaced. Of course, equally important is that the backwash system on the Whole House Max-10 and Whole House Max-15 ensures that water is consistently filtered over the life of the system.
The Whole House Max-10 filtration system is the best economical choice for your house if you’re on a budget. It uses the highly effective coconut shell carbon and consistently cleans itself using an automatic backwash system. For the price, it’s a great system that will provide you and your family with decades of fresh, purified water.
On the other hand, if you’re going to have a plumber install a whole house purification system, for the same installation price you could get the best.
Total Solution 10 – Three Stage Water Filter System
The Total Solution 10, Whole House Water Filter System is the best system for your household. Like the Whole House Max-10, it also uses coconut shell carbon and features an automatic backwash system. However, that’s where the similarities stop.
After being carbon filtered, water moves from the first tank into the stage two system. There, using a sodium free process, the Total Solution 10 scrubs the water, removing calcium and magnesium in the process.
This is a great system becomes it purifies the water without using sodium. Other water filters achieve the same result but at the expense of putting additional sodium into the water. If you’re like most people, the last thing you need is more salt in your daily diet!
Having passed through stages one and two of the Total Solution-10, water then begins to flow to your house. It goes straight to the shower, washing machine, bathroom, and so on. However, the final third step happens directly below your faucet.
Installed under the kitchen sink, a RO-90 reverse osmosis water system filters the tap water one last time, removing all remaining particles. A wide range of contaminants are removed here as well, including heavy-metals, bacteria, fluoride and arsenic. These particles are often not filtered by the first two stages of water systems.
Because of the amazing drinking water you will enjoy, the Total Solution 10 Whole House System is the superior choice for your home. It operates for years without maintenance, runs on coconut shell carbon, automatically backwashes itself, and intensively cleans all drinking water before you drink it out of the faucet. Not to mention it has all 5-star whole house water filter reviews on APEC’s website.
Like the other two system the Total Solution 10 features a peak flow rate of ten gallons a minute. Also available is the Total Solution 15 which offers a 15 gallon peak flow rate per minute. Both systems are made of high quality NSF certified components and offer the most protection from foreign contaminants in your water.
The Total Solution 10 also uses NSF and WQA tested and certified components.
Iron Total Solution 10 – Four Stage Water Filtration
In addition to offering the Total Solution 10, APEC also offers an additional upgrade to a four stage system. This system is ideal for older homes or for people who are especially sensitive to odors. The Iron Total Solution 10 System offers a fourth stage of water purification that is designed to remove iron from your water.
In itself, iron is not actually harmful to your health. However, if your water has higher than normal levels of iron it can be obnoxious. Iron discolors water, giving it an unappealing orange color. It can also negatively impact the taste and lead to build ups in pipes that can potentially cause drainage problems.
The first stage in the Iron Total Solution 10 uses activated manganese dioxide to reduce iron in the water. This heavy duty system comes with a backwash feature and can operate for up to ten years without a reduction in filtering power.
After that, water passes into the second stage system which filters chlorine and other unwanted contaminants. After that, water is filtered through a water softener before being distributed to the house. Finally, all water passing through your kitchen faucet is filtered with the pure drinking water system.
The Best System With the Most Benefits
Ultimately, the Iron Total Solution 10 is the best fit for people whose drinking water contains unnaturally high levels of iron, but for most households the Total Solution 10 is the best fit.
The Total Solution 10 cleans itself with backwash, uses coconut shell activated carbon, and can potentially filter up to 1,000,000 gallons of water before requiring maintenance, and is NSF and WQA tested and certified.
Over the life of the Total Solution 10, the money you save from not buying bottled water or filters for the BRITA will easily cover the cost of the system. Not to mention that if you ever put your home on the market, the increased value will be a nice bonus. Don’t settle for sub-par water, get a whole house filtration system today.
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