Reverse Osmosis Water Filters

By: Andrew Caxton

How the reverse osmosis system works to give you very clean water.

Have you been considering a reverse osmosis water filter? Before you decide, you have to understand how such a system works. What happens is that the water is reversed in the system and then forced through a filter. This filter will remove large sediment, and then the water is further filtered when it goes through a membrane that uses the osmosis system to remove further particles. After that, the water is once again filtered, this time through a carbon filter before it goes into the faucet. Most households use about 70 gallons of water. A reverse osmosis system can process this amount in an under the sink unit that supplies sinks or refrigerators.

Water filters eliminate minerals and toxins from your water, just as many air coolers remove them from the air. Many of the particles in your water supply are downright scary as well as being unhealthy, such as arsenic, parasites, rust, lead and plain old dirt. The reverse osmosis system is more effective in removing these hazards than the traditional charcoal filter systems. A reverse osmosis system will also remove saline products from the water supply. They are also very effective in removing bacteria and viruses, but if you feel you have a high concentration of those, you may need a specially designed system. In any event, a water filter will definitely improve the quality and taste of your water.

One of the downsides to the reverse osmosis process is that it is so effective in removing particles, that it will also remove minerals from your water that may be beneficial. The body needs certain minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, to function properly. In addition, some people believe minerals such as this actually add flavor to the water, so that will be missing if you filter the water, and some find a certain acidic taste to water that has been purified by reverse osmosis. A reverse osmosis system also wastes a certain amount of water. For every gallon of purified water, three or four gallons have to be processed. If water is scarce or expensive in your area, this is a definite negative.

If you have decided the benefits outweigh the negatives, make sure you are a pretty good handyman with the time to install this system. If not, you should make sure you have a plumber handle the project. There are many types of water filtering systems, so you may want to make sure you have researched all of the alternatives before you decide that reverse osmosis is for you.

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Andrew Caxton is the journalist of consumer websites, who has written more articles on reverse osmosis water filter for .A website with tips on champion evaporative coolers and air coolers.

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