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Reverse Osmosis System Buyers Guide
Reverse osmosis is a water purification technology that uses a synthetic lining to filter out particles, ultimately leaving your water as clean as possible. It works by using pressure to force the water into a reverse direction and through a filter, trapping contaminants along the way. But what do you need to know before buying one? Consider the following:
A New Faucet
Reverse osmosis systems require a separate faucet for the clean water to flow from. You can easily find a faucet to match your pre-existing kitchen decor or buy a system that includes a faucet to keep things simple and economical.
How Much Filtration You Need
Reverse osmosis systems provide various levels of filtration based on your needs, typically coming in 3, 4, or 5 stages. For many households, four stages of filtration are enough. However, if you’re drinking well water or live in an area with a particularly bad reputation for unclean water, you might opt to buy a system with five stages of filtration.
Hard Water Issues
Hard water is determined by the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in your water. Reverse osmosis systems will not soften hard water, and may not last as long if your water is especially hard. Pre-treating the water with water softener can help preserve the life of your unit and its various parts.
How Much Water Can be Filtered
If you’re concerned about drinking more water than your unit can filter, don’t be: reverse osmosis systems can filter around a gallon of water an hour. This means that there’s more than enough clean water for all members of your household, as long as you don’t live in a house full of camels.
How Much Space You Have
For most people, the ideal reverse osmosis system makes a big impact without using too much space. Under-the-sink units are an excellent choice as they stay out of sight without taking up prime real estate in your kitchen or elsewhere.
What You’re Filtering
The most important part of a water filtration system is that it actually filters. The best reverse osmosis systems remove a wide variety of contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, pesticides, fertilizers, iron, arsenic, lead, and other metals.
If you’re in the market for a reverse osmosis system or other filtration, let us know. Vita Filters merges water purification with peace of mind. Contact us today to learn how we bring maximum contaminant removal and healthier, cleaner water straight to your front door.