Your Tap Water Will Never Be The Same Again
Water filters come in various shapes, sizes, and configurations, depending on your needs. Charcoal water filters are the most commonly used residential filters with water filtration systems, present in about 95% of home water filtration systems.
This is due to the relatively inexpensive price, the ease of installation, and the fact that each filter lasts between 6- 9 months before needing to be replaced.
How Charcoal Water Filters Work
Charcoal water filters are made from a coconut husk. As the water passes through the coconut husk filter, the impurities will remain in the filter, providing cleaner, safer, and healthier water to drink.
Minerals are still able to pass through the system, but this is acceptable as these minerals that pass through are essential to overall health.
The micron level of the filter is an important consideration, because it will take a certain micron level to filter out the most deadly water contaminants, such as cryptosporidium and giardia.
If sediment is an issue in the area, a special pre-filter may need to be installed to counteract the sediment levels. If the pre-filter is not used when sediment is an issue, the charcoal will need to be replaced sooner than usual, costing more money in replacement filters over time.
Filters that are enhanced with activated nano-silver are able to combat more bacteria, offering an increased level of anti-bacterial protection when compared to filters without the activated nano-silver.
Various Forms of Charcoal Filters
When choosing a charcoal filter, it is important to consider the types available:
Carbon Block: A carbon block filter is solid honeycombed carbon. This is considered the best form of charcoal filter, but the flow rate is a lot slower than when using a loose charcoal filter.
Activated Silver Impregnated Charcoal: This kind of filter is also known as chlorgon, and is used frequently because it adds anti-bacterial protection to the water filtration. It will also remove the chloramine contaminant.
Micron Rating: The micron rating is important because it controls what viruses and toxins will and will not make it through the filter. Anything with a rating less than 1 will stop the cryptosporidium and giardia contaminants from passing through into the water supply. If the micron rating is more than .01, viruses will not be able to pass through the filter.
An important thing to consider about the use of a charcoal water filter is that it will do nothing to alter the pH balance of the water supply. If the water supply in your area is acidic, the water will remain so. The minerals making the water acidic will be dissolved and move through the filter, therefore keeping the water acidic.
Also remember that if the filter goes for a long time without being used, the filter may be susceptible to mold. Regular use will prevent mold growth.
With continued use, the efficiency of the filter will decrease. This is why it is important to replace the filter on a regular basis. Replacing the filter will not only decrease the chance of mold growth, but it will keep the filter in optimal condition to provide the cleanest water possible.