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How to Choose a Water Purifier

Updated on December 11, 2012
Choose your water purifier carefully.  Good drinking water is vital to your health!
Choose your water purifier carefully. Good drinking water is vital to your health!

Choosing a Water Purifier

Choosing a water purifier can be a daunting and anxiety ridden task. It becomes so difficult because there are so many choices and so many different types of water systems on the market today. When you choose a water purification system, you need to 1.) Identify the problem you want to solve, 2.) Identify the types of water purifiers you want to use to solve it, 3.) Establish your Budget, and 4.) Choose and Buy a Water Purifier

#1.) Identify the Problem You want to Solve

You could be looking for a water purifier for many different reasons. Your problem might be hard water or soft water, it might be an issue with the water entering the house, or it might be an issue with chemicals and sediment still present in the water after entering the home. You may be looking to purify the water before it enters the home or you might be looking for a system that will provide additional filtration so you have good drinking water. Before you can look at water purifier options, you need to have a clear idea of the water problem you are wanting to solve.

#2.) Identify the Types of Water Purifiers You Want to Solve It

Knowing what the problem is will make it easy to narrow down the types of water purifiers you are looking to buy. If you are cleaning the water before it enters the home, you will want to consider point of entry filters. If you are cleaning the water for drinking purposes after it has entered the home, you will want a point of use system. Although we highly discourage it, Reverse Osmosis systems will give you distilled water. Other point of use systems will remove chlorine, gases, and bacteria from the water. Once you have narrowed your search, you can start looking and comparing individual water purifier models.

#3: Establish Your Budget

When it comes to basic needs like water, you get what you pay for so you really can't croak about the price if you want good quality water. But you do need to set a budget because you cannot live outside of your means. In setting your spending budget for addressing your water needs, you need to have a realistic view of the average costs and your expectations about what you are looking for. You need to establish a budget that is realistic for you and that will meet your needs in the best way possible.

#4: Choose and Buy a Water Purifier

Once you know your problem, have done your research, and set your budget, you can settle on a water purification system and make your purchase. If you are purchasing a point of entry system, do not forget that there will be additional installation costs for hiring a plumber. Run cost comparisons online to make sure you are getting the very best deal possible. Once you have bought and set up your water purifier, enjoy the refreshing clean water!

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      Michael Leach 

      5 years ago from Rosarito Beach, Baja, Norte, Mexico

      Well-written, simple step by step approach to analyzing and solving water problems.

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