Whole House Reverse Osmosis System – Why Health Is Important
Pour yourself a glass of water. It doesn’t matter if it comes from a bottle, the tap, your fridge or a water system present in your house. Just get a glass of water, sit down and stare at it.
How many pollutants do you see floating around in that glass?
The answer to this question depends on where you live and where you got your water from.
If you live in a small town and you drink well water, you can probably see all manner of things floating around in your glass. Those little white specks that are clearly visible to the naked eye could be anything.
If you got your water out of a bottle and you live in a city, you probably don’t see anything. But don’t be fooled. Bottled water isn’t necessarily healthier for you than tap water.
What if your water came straight out of the faucet?
In a nutshell, you’re basically screwed – unless you have a proper filtering system in place. Even then, you may still find yourself in the path of a speeding train.
Many people worry about the water that they drink, but not the water that they use to clean with. They reason that as long as they aren’t directly drinking the water, the pollutants inside won’t hurt them.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s affected by everything it comes in contact with. That includes sunlight, pollution, cold air and water.
Exposure to pollutants can make your skin look dull. Too much sunlight can give you a sunburn, or something far worse. Cold air on unprotected skin can literally make it peel away and start bleeding. So what do you think polluted water does to your skin?
It’s not pretty.
Your skin is a living sponge. It absorbs everything that touches it. So while your drinking water is safe from diseases, chemicals and other harmful contaminants, you’re still exposed to it if you’re using tap water to shower or clean.
That’s a little bit backwards, isn’t it?
You’re obviously concerned about your body and health. It’s understandable. Many people are sensitive to contaminants and pollution. But why would you bother drinking purified water and using dirty water for everything else? If you’re going to use a reverse osmosis system for your drinking water, you may as well have one in place for your entire house.
What is a Whole House Reverse Osmosis System?
Put simply, a whole house reverse osmosis system is a water purification system for your entire house that uses reverse osmosis to clean your water.
How does reverse osmosis work?
The system uses pressure to push water through a semipermeable membrane in order to clean out all of the contaminants inside of it. (Semipermeable means certain things can pass through the membrane, but other things can’t.) These contaminants can include organic (such as germs and bacteria) and inorganic (like metal) materials.
A whole house osmosis system is hooked up to your water supply line. The membrane inside of the system has several types of filters inside of it. These filters are used to remove the different types of materials and germs that are present in your drinking water.
Each filter inside of the membrane has holes of different sizes. The smaller the holes, the more contaminants the membrane will remove. So if your membrane has holes the size of a period at the end of a sentence, then anything larger than that won’t be able to pass through it.
Having one membrane with several filters containing holes of different sizes allows the system to remove all types of pollution from your water all at once. Think of the membrane as a large sponge with different layers that have different sized holes in them. Pour dirty water through that sponge, and everything that was inside of that water gets caught in the sponge. The water comes out of the sponge clean.
Now, apply that system to your entire house, and you have the answer to your question.
Does Reverse Osmosis Remove Fluoride, Lead and Chlorine?
Yes it does.
It’s common knowledge that tap water (and even some bottled water) has these chemicals present in them. Originally, these chemicals were used to purify the water. It was a bright idea produced by some guys who, ultimately, were just being lazy. We can use the excuse that they didn’t know any better, but now we do know better.
All of these chemicals are equally poisonous to the human body, but they aren’t the only things that reverse osmosis can filter out. The system also removes pesticides, drugs, and harmful bacteria like E. coli and hepatitis.
A very good reverse osmosis system removes 98-99% of harmful agents in your water.
What Are the Other Advantages of Reverse Osmosis?
Aside from having pure water, it’ll taste like real water is supposed to taste. I’m not talking about Voss water. I’m talking about real, clean, pure water that is refreshing, with no aftertaste. It will be like licking a thousand-year-old frozen glacier, except your tongue won’t get stuck to the glass.
This means your food and drinks (like tea and lemonade) will taste ten times better. And, if you’re into soaking your vegetables to get all of the pesticides and chemicals off of them before you eat them, they’ll taste better too.
You’ll also be able to bathe in the water without having to worry about absorbing that stuff in through your skin. You can clean your entire house with water that won’t be responsible for making you sick.
If you’re sensitive to chemicals, or you have allergies, reverse osmosis can help you to relieve these symptoms. This system is very, very beneficial for people who have skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. There should be virtually no residue on your body or in your hair after you finish cleaning yourself. You’ll also see less hard water, rust and lime stains in your bathroom and kitchen.
As far as cost and upkeep are concerned, this system is a win-win. The initial cost may make your eyebrows crawl up to your hairline in disbelief, but in the long run, the investment is much cheaper than continuously buying bottled water. It also keeps plastic out of the landfills and off the street, which makes this product environmentally friendly.
The filtration system only needs to be changed out once a year. Honestly, it depends on which system you purchase, but one year is the average life of your filter. With proper upkeep and maintenance, your system could last you decades. Some even last you a lifetime.
If you want more information about what’s in your water and why you should get a reverse osmosis system for your entire house, visit the EPA’s website on drinking water.
Now if you’re ready to go ahead and buy your system, let’s help you choose which system is best for you.