Drinking plenty of clean water is paramount to your family's health. So if you discover that your water has something harmful in it (or even if it just doesn't taste great), installing a water filtration system is the smart move.
If you're new to water filtration, though, you may be wondering where in your house you can fit a water filtration system, and where they're supposed to be installed. Fortunately, there are several options for water filtration system placement. Here are some of the possibilities.
1. On the Faucet
Some water filtration systems are designed for the point of use, meaning that each filter simply filters water as it comes out of the faucet. This design has pros and cons; for instance, purchasing a point of use filter may be more affordable.
On the other hand, the limited size may translate into limited filtration capacity, so these filters are usually only used for things like removing chlorine and the water's taste. And depending on the size of your sink and faucet, having a filter mounted to your faucet may make using the sink more difficult.
2. Countertop or Under the Sink
If you have a point-of-use system that's larger in size, such as a reverse osmosis system, it won't fit in a tiny unit attached to the faucet head. Small for a reverse osmosis system typically means small enough to fit on the countertop or under the sink. Reverse osmosis is a type of filtration often used for purifying drinking water, so it makes sense to use it in the kitchen rather than for the whole house.
3. In the Basement
Nanofiltration systems and larger whole-house systems using reverse osmosis, distillation, or other types of filtration may be too large to fit under a countertop. These types of systems may be better installed in your basement, which is often a practical place to keep them anyway since they need to be installed along your main water supply line.
If your home is tiny and has no basement or usable crawl space, you may not be able to fit a large whole-house filtration system in your home easily. While point-of-use systems may be an option here, they're not your only option. Some whole-house water filtration systems are built to withstand the elements and can install outside at the point where the main water line enters your house.
These are some of the top places to install water filtrations for your home. If you have a unique home layout, you may also be able to install a filtration system somewhere else such as in a kitchen closet. Talk to your local plumber today to discuss what type of water filtration system you should install and where to place it.