Why You Home Needs A Good Water Purifier
Drinking water is one of the most important resources we have. Sadly, the quality of drinking water across the country can vary wildly, and poor quality is not always apparent at a glance. Many water borne contaminants will not affect the appearance, odor, or taste of your water. Heavy metals like lead are totally undetectable using just your senses, meaning it is always a wise idea to hedge your bets with a good water purifier. It’s almost impossible to know what is in your water every day, but the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a filtration system in place will make it much easier to fill your glass with confidence.
So what makes a good water purifier? There is no single factor that makes a filtration system the best. Obviously, you are going to want a filter that is rated to remove the contaminants you are worried about. The lifespan of your filter should also be considered, as frequent filter changes can be cumbersome. Finally, it’s important to consider ease of use, because no one wants a system that is difficult to use and maintain.
As long as we are talking about home water filtration, let’s talk about the clunky plastic elephant in the room, the filtered water pitcher. Filtered pitchers are probably one of the most common home filtration systems found in households across the country. Despite the popularity of these filters, they do not offer anywhere near the filtration capacity of a dedicated home water purification system.
Not only do these pitchers lack the ability to filter out tiny contaminants, but they also require daily maintenance and occupy a large chunk of refrigerator real estate. Their filter cartridges are only designed to handle an average of 40 gallons of water, meaning they typically require monthly filter changes. The filter media in these filter cartridges is so loose that they are not rated for the micron size they can filter out. They also allow water to pass through well past their lifetime, meaning homeowners are often using the same filter well past it’s 40 gallon lifespan, severely limiting the efficiency of the pitcher.
Instead of using these pitchers, we highly recommend adding a good water purifier to your home. There are plenty of options to choose from, including the powerful Everpure water filters we carry here at efilters. The most important thing is to make sure that your drinking water is properly filtered so you and your family can enjoy the security that comes with knowing that your water is filtered and safe to drink.
Our Everpure systems are designed to provide what we believe to be the ideal balance between filtration power and ease of use. The simple design of Everpure systems means they can be easily installed with any sink to help significantly reduce the presence of waterborne contaminants.
Everpure filtration systems are designed to be mounted underneath your sink out of sight, typically in the kitchen. Because of their compact design, almost every Everpure system only occupies a space that is 22 inches high, 5 inches wide, and 5 inches deep. The filter is attached to the inner wall of the cabinet beneath your sink. This means that even when installed under your kitchen sink, you will still have ample room for storage.
Most of these systems will require a small dedicated faucet for dispensing filtered water. Many metal sinks feature a small circular punch out that can be removed to accommodate one of these faucets and many other models can be purchased with a hole already installed. If you are remodeling your kitchen, it is easy to select a sink that will accommodate an extra faucet. You can also drill the hole yourself, which is surprisingly easy to do with the right tools. Some homeowners will even drill a whole directly through their countertop if their sink cannot accommodate the additional faucet.
However, sometimes you might not want to add an additional faucet to your sink or countertop. Luckily, we still have several good water purifier options for you. Our full flow systems are designed to provide filtered water using the cold water side of your existing faucet instead of requiring the installation of a new faucet. This makes the installation process a breeze and leaves your kitchen with no noticeable differences.
Luckily, the process of installing an Everpure water filtration system is a shockingly easy process. No need to call in professional help as long as you have a few basic hand tools. Almost every Everpure system can be installed using a screwdriver, a wrench, a utility knife, a pencil, and a tape measure. Having a drill might also come in handy, but is not required. Once you have the filter head screwed into place and the flow adapter hooked up to the water line, the rest of the process is as easy as cutting and attaching hoses and screwing the filter cartridge in place.
Once your system is installed, all you have to do is run the water for a few minutes to purge any air from the system and you are ready to start enjoying the convenience of having fresh, filtered water on tap. The lifespan of your Everpure cartridge will depend on the model you are using. Some of these filters may only last for a few hundred gallons of water, while others can handle several thousands of gallons. We recommend changing your cartridge at least once per year, and even the smallest Everpure cartridge we carry (300 gallons) should last for several months at least.
The process of replacing an Everpure cartridge is extremely simple. Basically, if you notice the flow rate from your system decreasing before a year has passed, all you have to do is flip the shut off valve on the filter head and grab a replacement cartridge. The actual replacement process is about as simple as replacing a lightbulb. Simply unscrew the spent cartridge and screw the new one in place before reopening the valve on the filter head. Once you have completed this process, you can run the system for a few minutes to purge air like you did during the initial installation process and start enjoying filtered, clean water for up to a year before replacing the cartridge again.
Inside of these cartridges is where the filtration magic happens. The efficiency of a water filter is determined by the micron rating. Simply put, this rating determines the size of the particles the filter system is capable of removing from your water. A micron, or micrometer, is one millionth of a meter. That is one thousandth of a millimeter! In terms of the imperial system, that is 1/25400 of an inch. For a practical example, one human hair averages about 50 to 75 microns in diameter.
Your standard Everpure water filter cartridge can remove particles as small as 0.5 microns from water. That is small enough to remove most contaminants including organic contaminants like parasitic cysts and bacteria. These filters are also perfect for removing the particulate matter that causes turbidity(cloudiness) and reduce levels of the otherwise undetectable compounds like heavy metals that can have damaging long term effects.
So how does a good water purifier cartridge filter water down to such a fine level? The not so secret ingredient is the 6th most abundant substance in the universe, carbon. Carbon is the basic building block of all life and the primary ingredient of Everpure’s proprietary Micro-Pure filter media. When you take carbon heavy organic plant materials like wood, bamboo, or coir and heat it to a certain point in the presence of the certain gases, the chemical structure of these materials thermally decomposes, leaving behind just their carbon.
This process creates what is known as activated carbon. Activated carbon is an ideal filtration media because its surface is coated in microscopic pores that can trap even the smallest particles. While activated carbon looks like a fine black powder, the surface area of even a small handful can be as large as a football field. This means that a single Everpure cartridge, if packed fully with activated carbon, would have a surface area of nearly 5 square miles!
However, this much carbon would not allow for proper water flow. That’s why Everpure arranges its filter media in two different styles. The first is a pleated filter media membrane. In these cartridges, the filter media is arranged in a unique pleated design to maximize the surface area within the filter to allow the water to interact with the carbon media while also being able to easily flow through the cartridge. The unfiltered water is deposited at the bottom of the cartridge and it works its way through the filter media using water pressure, which helps to increase the quality of the filtration. All of the H series(models beginning with H) use this style of filter.
The other design used by Everpure is a carbon block filter. In these cartridges the filter media material is pressed into a porous block that allows for water flow while still maximizing the available surface area of the carbon media. Because of this large volume of carbon, many of the carbon block filters we offer have a lifespan above 1000 gallons, making them ideal for households that use a lot of water.
When deciding which of our Everpure systems would be the best option to install in your home, there are a couple of important logistical factors to consider. The first limiting factor is obviously going to be size. As we mentioned early, these systems take up an area of 5” X 5” X 21”. If you are dealing with a cramped space, we also offer systems like our H54 that only have a 15” height, saving half a foot of under sink space.
Next you are going to want to consider lifespan. Think about how much water your household consumes per day. On average, we are supposed to drink half a gallon of water per day. This means that one individual should consume about 180 gallons of water per year if you are consuming all of your water from your kitchen sink(which is not very likely). So lets estimate that one individual is going to consume about 100 or so gallons of water from their home sink annually. This means a H300 system, which a 300 gallon capacity, could easily support a family of 3 for about a year.
Luckily, if you are having to change your Everpure filter cartridge more than once per year, you can always upgrade! Everpure’s filter heads are fairly standardized, meaning different cartridges can all fit onto the same filter head, regardless of the system that was originally installed. This rule is not universal, so some filter head and cartridge combinations will not be compatible. If you need any help finding a filter cartridge that will fit your filter head and offer an expanded capacity, reach out to us with your original system model number and a member of our team will happily help you find a new cartridge. No matter what, you should change your cartridge at least once per year to ensure that your filter is operating at peak efficiency all year round.
So if you are looking for a good water purifier for your home, our team is happy to help. After years of working in the filtration industry, we are dedicated to helping home and business owners find the perfect filtration system to fit their needs. We know these systems literally inside and out so if you need any help making a decision, feel free to reach out to a member of our team. You can reach us by calling 1-866-283-9919 or send us an email to email@example.com. We are dedicated to offering the best customer service in the industry, so never hesitate to reach out with your queries.