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What are the 5 Types of Water Filters?

Updated on September 21, 2016

While many of us live in an area where being concerned about water quality may seem unnecessary, that doesn’t stand true for everyone else. Consequently, many people find themselves in need of good tasting, clean water that can be used for cooking, cleaning, drinking and an assortment of other ways. The easiest way to see that you have clean water that can be used for any activity is by having a water filter system installed in your home or office.

Water filters have been around for decades and have made a huge difference in how one ensures having quality water. In bygone years, having clean water often meant boiling it or perhaps looking for a clean mountain stream (after all, doesn’t everyone have one of those in the backyard!) from which retrieve water. But thanks to people who knew that water filtration should be something that any location could enjoy, there is now a myriad of water filters available that can be designed to work with virtually any scenario.

Types of Water Filters

  1. Activated Carbon Filters - Sometimes referred to as carbon filters, these are used to remove larg4r particles of sediment and silt from the water. This type of filter also takes away any bad smell or taste, because it minimizes the amount of chlorine and other contaminates in the water.
  2. Reverse Osmosis – This is a popular choice as it removes everything in the water, leaving behind pure, clear water.
  3. Alkaline or Water Ionizers –These use electrically charged plates that literally pull the contaminates out of the water. The result is softer water that is low in acidity making it healthier for your skin.
  4. UV Filters – This is a newer type of water filter that uses UV technology to destroy harmful bacteria that is often in water. It doesn’t require chemicals or additional heat to work, which makes it a more environmentally friendly way of having pure water.
  5. Infrared Filters – These types of water filters are more commonly used in areas where hard water is a problem. They work much like alkaline filters and use heat and light to negatively charge the water and make it feel softer.

Water filters, thankfully, are now a part of life for many of us. Yes, some might see them as unnecessary, but the reality is that for many people a water filtration system is a must. So, rather than bemoaning the taste, smell, feel, etc. of the water, why not make a change that will make everyone feel better. Start checking out water filtration systems, and learn which one will suit your needs. Talk to the experts in your area such as those at the agricultural office, the local water company or perhaps companies like Haferman Water to learn how the right water filtration system can make a difference.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of water filters. One such site worth visiting is

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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