Enhancing Your Home’s Water Quality: The Benefits of Whole-House Filtration

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September 5, 2023

There are many important factors involved in living a long, healthy life, one of which includes having access to clean, safe, and high-quality water. Water impacts nearly every aspect of our daily routines, from drinking and cooking to bathing and washing. While most municipalities treat and supply water, contaminants like sediments, chemicals, and impurities can still find their way into home water systems despite this. As a result, a lot of homeowners are turning to whole-house water filtration to ensure their homes have cleaner water. We’ll take some time now to explore the benefits of whole-house filtration and why this may be the solution for improving your home's water quality.

Some people utilize point-of-use filters, including refrigerator filters and faucet-mounted filters, but the problem with this is that they only target specific outlets. Whole-house filtration systems, on the other hand, work starting at the point of entry, where the main water line enters a home. The benefit of a point-of-entry filter is that every faucet, shower, or other outlet that uses water in a home will benefit from filtered water. Installing a whole-house filtration system can lead to effectively removing a wide range of contaminants. This includes sediment such as sand, silt, and rust particles, chlorine and chloramines, volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals.

Another benefit of whole-house filtration is improved drinking water quality. Standards are set by the Environmental Protection Agency for safe drinking water as seen on the EPA website, however, these standards might not cover all potential contaminants. Installing a whole-house filtration system can help your water go beyond these standards to provide an extra layer of protection. This ensures that the water someone consumes will be of the highest quality.

Seeing as how we all consume water daily, adding a whole-house filtration system to a home is a proactive approach to safeguarding health. Installing one of these systems can lead to peace of mind knowing water is clean and safe with a lack of harmful substances.

Drinking water might be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about water quality, but the water used for bathing and showering should also be taken care of. Any unfiltered water can contain chlorine, something that is used for disinfection. Unfortunately, according to mydcsi.com, it can have negative effects on skin and hair as chlorinated water can lead to dry, irritated skin and brittle hair.

Installing a whole-house filtration system can ultimately eliminate chlorine and other contaminants from bath water, and this will lead to healthier skin and hair. A person might notice a significant improvement in a variety of conditions including eczema or dandruff once switching to filtered water for showering.

A fourth benefit of whole-house filtration is that it can extend the life of appliances and plumbing. Hard water, which contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, according to the Water Quality Association, can be rough on your plumbing and appliances over time. Mineral buildup can clog pipes, which leads to reduced water flow. It can even damage water-using appliances like washing machines and dishwashers.

These minerals can be removed from the water before they have a chance to cause problems by utilizing whole-house filtration. This will lead to plumbing and appliances lasting longer. Fewer repairs will also be needed, saving you money in the long term.

The installation of a whole-house water filtration system is a great step toward enhancing a home’s water quality. A whole house system provides comprehensive water filtration, improved drinking water, and protection for your skin, hair, plumbing, and appliances. At Rusco, we offer several options to include as a part of a whole-house filtration system.

A Spin-Down or Sediment Trapper filter can be installed at the start of a water line to help increase water quality. With these filters, there are quite a few options to choose from. A Rusco Spin-Down or Sediment Trapper is offered with options for ¾", 1”, 1.5”, or 2” inlets/outlets. The one that someone chooses should be based on the amount of GPM they have running through their system. A ¾" or 1” filter works best with a system running between 1-25 GPM, a 1.5” filter should be used on a system with 10-50 GPM, and a 2” filter is designed to work with a system running between 18-100 GPM.

Aside from figuring out what size Spin-Down or Sediment Trapper someone needs as a whole, figuring out a mesh size is also very important. Rusco offers numerous options when it comes to this as well. When selecting a filter from Rusco, someone can choose from 24, 30, 40, 60, 100, 140, 250, 500, or 1000 mesh. The lower the mesh number, the coarser it is and the higher the mesh number, the finer it is. If someone wishes to filter out large sediments, then a coarse mesh would be the best option, while if they wish to filter out small sediments, then a fine mesh would be more suitable. Rusco also sells melt-blown and pleated filters for these housings, which are great at removing silt as well as activated carbon filters that can remove bad taste, odor, and chemicals from water.

This year, Rusco introduced a line of Big Filters to its product line. These filters have larger trapping capacity than the Spin-Down or Sediment Trapper filters as they come with either 10” or 20” cover options. The heads of these filters have ¾" and 1” inlets/outlets and there is a stainless-steel option instead of the regular plastic threads. These filters are designed to allow for high flow rates, and even though they aren’t sold with cartridges, Rusco offers melt-blown, pleated, string wound, and activated carbon media that can be purchased separately.

If the benefits of whole-house filtration sound good to you, consider adding a Rusco filter to your home’s water system. Call 1-800-345-1033 to speak to a live customer service representative who can provide you with more details on all of the available options.

Source Notes: All information in this article relating to standards for safe drinking water came from the Environmental Protection Agency. Information regarding the negative effects that chlorine has on skin and hair came from mydcsi.com. All information relating to the composition of hard water came from the Water Quality Association.