Activated Carbon Filters 101
What is a Carbon Block Filter?
An activated carbon filter has remarkable taste, odor, and chlorine reduction capabilities. Water treatment plants treat water with chlorine and chloramines that create cancer-causing by-products. These disinfectants linger in your drinking water, tainting it with a chemical flavor. Carbon clears the water of organic compounds that make your water taste or smell bad. Contaminants adhere to the surface of a carbon filter, and only clean water flows to your house.
Carbon block filters are made of a solid block of compressed carbon. They are extremely effective in filtering out a variety of contaminants including very small contaminants or particle size. Water will generally flow slower during this filtration type due to the compact nature of the compressed carbon.
Carbon block filters are ideal for filtering sediment, pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants. An advantage to a carbon block filter is it can both absorb and filter containments. Generally, carbon filters should be replaced every 6-12 months.
Rated in Microns
Carbon block filters are rated by the size of contaminants that can be removed at the micron level. Generally, the range is from 50 microns down to .5 microns. The higher the rating, the larger the contaminant size. Very small contaminants will need to be filtered with a small micron size rated filter, such as .5 micron rating.
What are Coconut Water Filters?
Coconut water filters are made of coconut husk carbon that has been vacuum heated in a lab and cleaned. Coconut is the most common type of carbon used in water filters today as they are effective at removing bad tastes, odors, VOCs, chlorine, pesticides, and more.
What Do Carbon Filters Remove From Water?
Carbon filters can effectively remove or reduce many contaminants from water including VOCs, chlorine, lead, fluoride, pesticides, and much more.