Many people are looking to bottled water as an alternative to tap water. A variety of home water filters allow you get freshly filtered water straight from the tap. They're easy to install and maintain, and may be just what you need to improve the quality of your family's water.
Your water may, or may not, suffer from any of these contaminants. If you're concerned about the quality of your water, have it tested by an independent laboratory. The filtration system you need for your home depends upon the quality of your water supply. Water filters do require some maintenance, and cartridges should be changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Taste-and Odor-Causing Contaminants: If your water smells or tastes bad, there's little doubt that you would benefit from a water filter. Municipal water often smells of chlorine, which is used to treat the water. Well water, which is dependent upon many local conditions affecting the water supply, also may smell bad.
Water filters often treat these conditions by using granular activated carbon (GAC), a substance that absorbs contaminants that would otherwise cause offensive tastes and odors.
Filters that use GAC may cause cloudy water for the first couple of weeks after a filter change. This is a harmless condition caused by the release of air from the GAC and can be reduced by running the water for several seconds before each use until the air is flushed out.
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