If you want the water you use for cooking and drinking to be purified, you'll probably want a drinking water filtration system and not necessarily a whole-house system. A whole-house system also filters the water you use for showering, bathing, and brushing your teeth in the bathroom, so you might not need a whole-house system, or you might want both. Here's a look at setting up a drinking water filtration system in your home.
Install The Filter On Your Kitchen Sink Plumbing
When you're worried about only your drinking water, the best place to install a filter is on the kitchen sink. These filters are usually reverse osmosis filters. These remove the most contaminants, but they also waste a lot of water, so it isn't really practical to use them for anything but drinking and cooking. A drinking water filtration system can fit under the sink so it's out of sight.
The only thing you'll see is the faucet. A reverse osmosis system has its own faucet that fits through a cut-out on the sink so you don't have to use the purified water for washing hands and washing dishes. When you want water for cooking or drinking, you use the reserve osmosis faucet and you use the regular faucet for everything else. You will need a plumber to install a classic under-sink drinking water filtration system because the unit needs to hook into a water line and a drain.
Consider A Countertop Model When You Rent
If you live in a rental home, you may have the same concerns about contaminated water as a homeowner. However, you may not be allowed to install a filter that connects to your plumbing. In that case, you can consider a countertop model. These aren't as convenient to use since you'll need to fill the unit and empty the wastewater, but you'll have a source of purified water you can use for drinking and cooking so you don't have to worry about the water your family drinks.
Choose A Filter That Does What You Need
You can buy drinking water filtration systems that have multiple stages and go through a variety of filters, including reverse osmosis. Some might have carbon and UV filters. Multiple stages are needed to filter specific things. If you hate the taste of your tap water, you'll want a filter that removes odors and tastes.
In addition, it's a good idea to have a water test done so you what contaminants are in your water. Then you can compare the contaminants against the water filters to make sure the filter you choose has been certified to remove the contaminant you want to get rid of. This information should be on the boxes of the filters you compare. Also, be sure to buy a filter that's been tested and certified by the NSF to perform as it claims.
For more information about installing a drinking water filtration system in your home, reach out to a local service.