Choosing the right water filter for your home

Fed up of limescale in your kettle? Find the taste of your tap water a bit off? Sounds like it’s time to invest in a water filter. The UK water filter market is enormous, with a cornucopia of product, technology, and price options, but never fear, The Water Cooler Today is here to make this decision easier for you. Let’s dive straight into what you should consider when purchasing a water filter for your home.

Size matters

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How big is your house?

Forget what you’ve heard before, size matters…. the size of your household! You’ll need to consider the amount of people in your household and who will be using the filter. If it’s just you, a filtered carafe or bottle may suffice, if there’s two – four of you, a jug system may be your best bet, increase those numbers and you may consider a tap based system or water cooler.

Where will you be keeping your water filter? If it’s in the fridge, I recommend you get your tape measure out and measure your drawers! Some water filter jugs are slim-line and will fit into any standard fridge, other, more industrial sized, filter jugs will need to stand upright in the main body of your fridge.

Cost it

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Will your water filter break the bank?

Most people only consider the upfront cost when selecting a water filter for the home. Of course, this is an important factor. Water filter jugs range from around £5.00 for the most basic of devices, up to £70.00 – £80.00 for an advanced filtration system. However, what people neglect to consider, is the maintenance cost of the jug. Some water filters require replacing every month, some every two to six months, investigate the cost of replacing these filters. Consider, also, whether your water filter jug allows compatible filters. You can pick up cartridges in the supermarket that fit a variety of filters for around half the price of branded ones, so double check just how compatible your jug is.

The right filter for you

The price of your water filter is almost always directly correlated to the type of filter it uses. A jug based system is likely to remove chlorine, contaminants, and large particles (which you shouldn’t need to worry about too much with tap water), it will have a relatively short shelf life, but also be cheaper in comparison to more complex filters.

Carbon water filters are the area where prices begin to rise. Carbon water filters use a layer of

Carbon – This stuff clears up your water

activated carbon to chemically absorb contaminants and impurity. Water filters consisting of carbon vary from a carbon block within a jug, all the way to a long lasting ceramic carbon block.

Reverse osmosis water filters can also be used, these pass water through a self cleaning, semi-permeable membrane. These are among the most comprehensive water filters, not much will pass through this system, however this may also filter out the natural minerals present in water that are beneficial to your health. The reverse osmosis water filters can also be rather pricey, and waste a lot of water to get to your cup.

Our final water filter to consider is the alkaline water filter. Some state that these water filters help to reduce the levels of acid in our systems, helping out with illnesses like acid reflux and stomach ulcers. The alkaline water filter changes the pH level of your water, making it more alkaline. However, much like the reverse osmosis water filter, these waste a lot of water, and cost a lot of money.

We hope this blog helps you in choosing the best water filter for you and your home. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reviewing the water filters that are available to buy – keep an eye out!