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What Type of Water Filter Do I Need?
Several different types of filters are available to consumers. Deciding which type’s most appropriate for you depends on what functions you want a filter to provide. No water filter eliminates all contaminants, therefore, understanding what filters do and do not do is important.
TYPES OF FILTERS
Sediment Filtration (50µ - 10µ)
Sediment filtration’s broadly utilized in residential environments and is included in a variety of sizes. Their primary purpose is to get rid of bigger particles that are in the water and have them blocked to prevent them from going to the next water filtration stage. They’re low-cost and have a higher capacity because of the contaminants’ nature that they filter out.
What do sediment filters remove? Dirt, Rust, Sand, Sediment, Silt, and Scale. Vita Filters offers premium sediment filters for residential environments.
Carbon Filtration (10µ - 1µ)
Like Sediment filters, carbon filters are widely used in residential environments. Carbon filtration removes contaminants often associated with foul taste and smell in drinking water.
What do carbon filters remove? Chlorine, Odor, Chemical, Taste, Color, VOCs. Vita Filters carbon filters remove all of the above with the addition of removing PFAS & Chloramine.
Sub Micron Filtration (1µ - 0.5µ)
Sub-Micron filtration’s a type of carbon filtration but with a denser microscopic pore that lets them adsorb contaminants that standard carbon filtration can't. They are used in point-of-use applications (i.e. kitchen sinks) due to their lower capacity but are effective in eliminating contaminants that are detrimental to a person’s health.
What do sub-micron filters remove? Heavy Metals, Chloroform, Herbicides, Lead, Pesticides, PCB
UF Ultrafiltration (0.1µ - 0.01µ)
Ultrafiltration’s a thin strain of membrane that can have a size of pore down to 0.01µ (micron). They’re not as notorious as reverse osmosis because of manufacturing costs, but they are a great alternative for people who want to have clean water but don't want to strip everything from the water such as calcium and magnesium. They are meant for point-of-use applications due to their lower capacity and are most often paired with carbon and sediment filters to help extend their usage.
What do UF ultrafiltration filters remove? Bacteria, Cysts, Viruses, Suspended Particles
Reverse Osmosis (0.0001µ)
Reverse Osmosis is the most effective, and especially widely accepted water filtration for both large water treatment plants and residential homes. They make a difference in intercepting contaminants within tap water. Originally designed as a cheaper solution in order to desalinate ocean water, they can remove contaminants down to 0.0001µ and produce pure water as a result.
What does RO remove? Arsenic, Barium, Copper, Fluoride, Mercury, Radium, and Sea Salt. Vita Filters has designed one of the best residential RO Systems on the market, it’s ideal for POU environments including kitchens, bars, RVs, offices, and so on.
From simply removing a foul taste and unpleasant odor from your drinking water to filtration systems that can prevent viruses and bacteria from passing through, Vita Filters stocks water filters for all home applications.
Regardless of where your home drinking water is sourced (city vs. well) adding a water filtration system to your home will improve the taste of your water and will extend the life of your household appliances.
Have you added a RO system to your house already? What change did you notice in the taste? Comment below!
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.
Please Note: This document is designed as a guide for household water treatment, not a recommendation. Before having a household water treatment system installed, for consultation, get in contact with your local health department’s environmental health group.