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Whole House Water Purifiers

Updated on December 16, 2012
Whole House Water Purifiers filter the water at the point it enters the house and then the water is distributed to the various sources throughout the house.
Whole House Water Purifiers filter the water at the point it enters the house and then the water is distributed to the various sources throughout the house.

What are Whole Home Water Purifiers?

Whole House Water Purifiers are water filtration systems that install into the main water line entering the house and filter all the water before it enters the home and goes to different locations within the house. In general, whole house water systems are point of entry systems. Point of entry refers not only to the concept of being the first layer of filtration to water entering the house, but also is indicative of the type of filtration. Point of entry systems primarily offer sediment filtration. Some are also able to remove chlorine and scale from the water. These filtration systems only hook into the cold water line entering the home and are not designed to filter hot water.

Types of Whole House Water Filtration Systems

Most whole house filters are sediment filters. At times they can be a single filter hooked directly into the main cold water line entering the home. At other times, they are a group of filters packaged into a protective casing. Sometimes they are a complex filtration system with a variety of filters. Here is a look at some of the types of whole house water filters on the market:

  • The Aqua Pure AP11T is a single filter system that hooks into the cold water line. It is able to remove sediment down to 5 microns in size.
  • The Aqua Pure SS48 uses 48 filters at a time that are stacked inside a special protective metal casing. These filters also remove sediment down to 5 microns in size, but because of the extra filters are much more efficient because they have a much higher filtration capacity.
  • Lifesource 1620 Series Whole House Water System is an example of a much more complex whole home purification system. It incorporates a number of different features to clean the water rather than a single type of filter.

Things to Know When Buying a Whole Home Water Purification System

When you are looking for a whole home water system, there are several things you should know:

  • What type of water you have (such as city water, well water, spring water etc)
  • You want to know about the properties of the water; if its hard or soft, and what kind of pollutants are in the water
  • Different types of water require different types of filters. You will want to know what kind of water purifier you are looking for.
  • Costs: you want to know, not only how much it costs, but how much it is going to cost to install it.
  • Licensed Plumber- You need one. Most water purifier companies have stipulations that they only honor the system's warranty if its installed by a licensed plumber.
  • Do you plan to have additional filtration for drinking water in the house (this can affect how efficient you want the whole house water purifier to be).

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