Even if you only occasionally visit American Water’s website, you know our customers can rest assured they are consistently receiving water that meets—or even surpasses—drinking water standards. Still, home water filters keep on selling. Why is that?
I think that, for most, it’s a matter of comfort or taste. Some people are able to detect a chlorine taste in their water. Although my preference is to leave a pitcher of water in the refrigerator overnight (that takes care of any chlorine-related tastes), some people prefer to go the filter route.
There are a ton of options out there. Moreover, not all filters work in the same way or remove the same type or level of contaminants.
To help you, the CDC provides a web page on Choosing Home Water Filters & Other Water Treatment Systems that includes sections on:
- What does the filter remove?
- How much does the system cost?
- How much filtered water do you need?
- What kind of system do you need, and how does it fit into your home?
The page also gives the Pros and Cons on the different types of filters – water pitcher, refrigerator, faucet-mounted, under-sink, etc.
Remember, filter maintenance is a key aspect to consider!
Finally, be smart about your particular needs and wants and find the filter that best meets them.