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5 Things To Know Before Buying a Water Filter

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Find Out the Most Important Questions to Ask

How can you tell if your drinking water is really clean? What factors should you consider when it comes to choosing a water filter for your home? Does your house even need a water filter? The experts at WaterChef are here to help you find answers. We’ve compiled five important questions to ask yourself before buying any kind of water filtration system.

1. Do You Need a Water Filter?

It may seem like an obvious question, but you need to ask yourself what you know about the water that comes into your home. You may think that because you’re connected to “city water,” whatever comes out of the tap is entirely safe. But to know what’s really in your drinking water, you need to do a little research. Resources such as a Consumer Confidence Report can inform you about your area’s water source and how it measures up to EPA standards. This information can help you determine whether a water filter is right for your family.

2. What’s in Your Drinking Water?

Once you know a bit more about where your family’s drinking water comes from, you need to determine exactly what’s in it. The types of common contaminants found in your home’s water supply will help determine which kind of filter you need. Many pitcher-type water filters may eliminate odor or reduce chlorine, but they may not filter out dangerous contaminants like lead and mercury.

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There are many contaminants that can be found in tap water. Be sure to choose a water filter system that addresses your specific needs.

3. How Reliable Is That Filter?

If you do discover that you need to clean up your tap water’s act, how can you be sure the filter you choose will actually do the job? Unfortunately, there are no federal regulations on the water filtering industry, so manufacturers can make all kinds of claims about their products that may or may not be true. 

That’s why independent certification is important. WQA, IAPMO, and NSF are trusted, third-party certification and testing organizations that don’t profit from your water filter purchase. They test to a strict set of water filter performance and safety standards accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These comprehensive NSF/ANSI Standards provide the basis by which manufacturers can demonstrate the quality, performance, and reliability of their water filtration products. You can be assured that a filter that is NSF/ANSI certified by one of these trusted organizations will be effective against the specific contaminants it claims to filter out.

4. What Type of System Do You Need?

Now you can determine which type of water filtration system will meet your family’s everyday needs. Are you looking for better-tasting water in your rental unit? A countertop water filtration system features a small footprint and tool-free installation. Do you need to upgrade your kitchen faucet with filtered water on demand? An under-sink system blends with your décor and comes with a lifetime warranty. Do you want the convenience of cleaner, healthier drinking water right from your refrigerator? A premium refrigerator filter can provide that.

Don’t forget about the water in your bathroom too. If you want cleaner water in your shower, you can replace your regular shower head with a shower filter system for powerful chlorine reduction. And for healthier water from every tap in your home, a whole-house water filtration system can reduce contaminants in all the water your family drinks, washes with, and bathes in.

5. How Will You Maintain Your Filtration System?

Your water filtering system is only as effective as its filter. How do you know when the cartridge has reached its capacity and is no longer removing contaminants? The Intelligent Monitor on WaterChef filtration systems takes the guesswork out of replacing your filter cartridges with a clear visual signal. 

Save time and money while maintaining superior water quality with WaterChef’s Auto-Ship program. We’ll send replacement water filter cartridges right to your door, exactly when you need them. You’ll also receive free shipping and a discount on every order. You can control the frequency and timing of receiving orders, and you can cancel whenever you like.  

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