What about whole house water filtration systems?

Whole house filtration systems allow for a single point of filtration in your house, taking the tap water and filtering it for all of the taps in the house. So, why wouldn’t you install one of these systems? It seems that it provides the ultimate in convenience along with a minimum amount of maintenance.

Well, there are a few caveats that need to be mentioned here. For one thing, not many people have this kind of money to throw around. You are talking about a minimum of $1,000 and possibly more, depending on the sophistication of the system.

Also, if ever you do have to do some maintenance on the system, it could be costly. You could be talking several hundred dollars worth of repairs. Lastly, we should mention that you still need to replace filters with a whole house system. The filters do not have an infinite lifetime, after all.

What would my decision be? If you ask me, I would save money and use it on something else. If you have a shower water filter and you are using a pitcher filter for your drinking water, you are covering all of your bases. If you wanted to invest in something serious, go with a reverse osmosis system, which is cheaper than a whole house system, and it does a better job overall.

Removing Chlorine from your Shower Water

Ever notice that you smell like a swimming pool when you get out of the shower? That’s because you are bathing in chlorine. Chlorine is used a disinfectant for almost all municipal tap water supplies, and it is not unusual to taste it in your drinking water and to smell it after taking a shower.

Chlorine may be necessary to disinfect the water, but it is not necessary for you to consume or to come in contact with. In fact, it may do more harm than good in these aspects. This is why it’s important to filter not just your drinking water, but also your showering water.

You may not know this is possible, but you can actually filter out chlorine from your showering water using a filter on the shower itself. Have a look at the following video:

As you can see, this is not a particularly elaborate advice, but it is effective. The other alternative would be to install a whole house filter, which would systematically remove the chlorine from all of your tap water. This way, you don’t have to worry about consuming or coming in contact with chlorine from any of your taps in the house. It should be said, however, that this method is considerably more expensive, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about installing one.

Everything you need to know about water distillation

Distilling your water is a good way to remove impurities. In this post, we will explain how the process works, and what you need to know if you want to try this at home (yes, it is possible).

The process of distillation is relatively simple. There are two parts, more or less.

  • Step one – boil the water
  • Step two – condense the water vapor so that it becomes a liquid once more.

Between steps one and two, you are effectively removing a number of impurities. That’s because when the water evaporates, dissolved solids don’t go with it. What evaporates is pure h2o. Now, if this is a surefire way to remove impurities, why don’t most people use it instead of buying expensive filters?

Well, there are a few reasons for this. For one thing, distillation is not a quick or convenient process. If you are going to seriously invest in equipment, you might as well buy a reverse osmosis system. However, if you are trying to do a DIY version of distillation (as in the video below), you will be spending a lot of time setting it up.

There is yet another reason why distillation might not be the best option. Water often contains minerals that are valuable to our health. These would include calcium and magnesium, for example. When you use a process of distillation, you are effectively removing these minerals from the water.

My personal recommendation would be to try out a DIY system and see how you like it. You can sample distilled water at your local supermarket. It’s usually sold in gallon jugs. Perhaps you should buy a gallon of that first, and then if you like the taste, go ahead and create your own system in your house. The video above offers a few clues on that.

At the end of the day, I decided to go with a reverse osmosis system that returns the minerals to the water supply. Not all RO systems will do this, but some, like the HomeMaster, are capable of remineralizing the water. This is important if you want to count on an adequate intake of calcium, magnesium and others.

Now, if you are living in a rural area and you don’t have access to a more elaborate system, distillation may very well be your best option. You can improvise a solution if all you need to do is distill the water. If you do not have to worry about remineralizing it, it’s fairly straightforward, you just need the proper receptacles to carry it out.

If you have any experience with distillation in the home, please write about it in the comments below. We would appreciate any and all feedback on this issue.