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What You Should Know About Water Filters and Ionizers
There are many different kinds of water filters on the market today and they offer different levels of filtration at different prices.
Carbon Water Filters
These filters use activated carbon to eliminate smells, bad tastes, chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, radon, trihalomethanes (THMs) and other impurities. These are the most commonly used filters today. Some can help reduce lead.
They are not recommended for removing salts, nitrates, nitrites, and certain metals, or to remove some organisms. The downside is that a carbon filter will accumulate the contaminants that it takes out of the water, and they can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Water distillers get rid of things like asbestos, salts, metals, minerals, and certain organic chemicals. Water distillers are popular due to the fact that they are inexpensive. These machines heat water, converting it to steam. The steam becomes water again and is channeled out for your drinking water.
A reverse osmosis water filter is good is you need to remove inorganic chemicals like metals, salts, minerals, nitrates, and such. The added bonus here is that many models have a carbon pre-filter and/or post-filter built-in to filter your water even more. Reverse osmosis machines are very good at what they do.
Water ionizer machines raise the pH of drinking water through electrolysis to separate the incoming water into acidic and alkaline components. This makes your water alkaline. Alkaline water is high ph water and is believed to be healthy water, along with an alkaline diet. Many people swear by alkaline ionizer water machines, which is why the counter water ionizer models are very popular. It's all about alkalinity or acidity.