There a lot of whole house reverse osmosis systems options on the market to take into account when it comes to water filters, filtering systems, etc. and it can get very confusing if you don’t have a complete frame of reference and understanding of the industry standard and the various systems and units.
Do you need water tests? What’s a reverse osmosis membrane? Do you need a pump or pressure gauge? What about a tank or tanks? Do you need a high-pressure tank? Filters? Are there chemicals? What if your water tastes like chlorine? How does the system feed water to my house? What about water softeners? Does it matter if you use city water supplies or live in the country?
No doubt, this type of purchase is an investment. Let us educate you on all the different systems and performance options we offer and why a whole house reverse osmosis filtration system (also known as whole house RO system) may not be the best choice for your family, your well-being or your wallet. We want to make sure you don’t pump money down the drain!
Whole House Reverse Osmosis water treatment systems (whole house systems) are a wonderful way to give your family members the cleanest possible H20. While whole house reverse osmosis systems sound like they would be a great choice, they can be overkill, unnecessary, and carry a high price tag.
In fact, there are other water filtration systems that will fulfill your water use needs. Let us explain purchase options for reverse osmosis water systems and the features as there are many brands of reverse osmosis systems available.
What is whole house reverse osmosis system filtration?
Want to understand why a whole house reverse osmosis system (whole house RO system) is probably not your best bet? Well, step one is understanding what whole house reverse osmosis system technology is and what it does. Whole house RO systems are not just a matter of a pump and water pressure and a few water filters!
Most water reverse osmosis systems using a membrane are relatively simple. Each reverse osmosis system has what’s called a “semipermeable membrane.” This RO membrane lets water go through a tank and pre-filters out ions and molecules.
These pre-treatment systems use pressure to force the water through the whole house reverse osmosis membranes and filters and any particle that’s larger than the holes in the semi-permeable membrane won’t fit. Some debris and dissolved solids will get left behind and flushed down the drain while the processed water either goes to a storage tank or comes out directly through your faucet.
Whole house reverse osmosis water filtration (whole house RO system) is amazing and very effective. However, due to the price, amongst other downfalls, you probably don’t need one of these water systems (or water filter systems) throughout your home.
Does your home even qualify for whole house reverse osmosis system?
Whole home reverse osmosis systems cannot be installed in just any home, your water quality has to meet certain conditions. Oftentimes, your water needs “pre-treatment” from a water softener as well as multiple filter systems in order to bring up the PH of the water after it goes through the RO process.
You will also need a separate 200-500 gallon tank to store the treated water (so that it’s ready when you need it) and you need a UV sanitation system to make sure the treated water does not develop bacteria. So with a whole home system, you will most likely need pre and post-treatment of the water
Let’s list some strengths of a simpler Reverse Osmosis Set-Up
- Softer clothes, towels, linens, and other laundered items
- Healthier skin and hair
- Better tasting and safer water conditions right out of the faucet, even well water, with no sediment
- Spotless dishes and less soap
- Longer lifespan for all water-based appliances, and every part and pipe
- Easy to install, smaller size, easy to access, no large-capacity tank or complicated pump or pumps!
- Uses less energy and less space (smaller tank!)
- Better feed water pressure, water flow rate, and volume output even when using hundreds of gallons per day (GPD) or even gallons per minute (GPM)
- Does not require replacement of copper pipes throughout the home
- No need to deal with salt blocks, salt bags, or booster pump/pumps
- Less waiting time for larger equipment/pump shipping
What are the main cons of a whole house reverse osmosis water filtration system?
The below lists some cons associated with installing a whole house reverse osmosis system:
- They are very expensive when taking into account system/booster pump/pumps maintenance, parts, and filter changes and filter replacements, especially if they aren’t covered by a warranty.
- These whole house reverse osmosis systems have to be custom-ordered with specially-made items to tailor to your household specifications, applications, existing plumbing navigation, particular water issues, and gallons per day (GPD)/GPM usage. This could mean delays due to shipping times.
- May require replacement of any copper pipe or valve or other plumbing components, storage tank, or noisy pumps
- System performance and water pressure is heavily dependant on well type, water usage/output, flow rate, and volume in the household
- Potential for variance in water pressures and water flow rates throughout the home, especially when using many gallons of water (gallons per day – GPD/gallons per minute – GPM). (The average home water systems use 10,000 gallons per month!)
- The system must have pretreatment filters/devices as a necessary part to protect the RO membranes
- A water storage tank (and any necessary parts/pumps) can take up a ton of space because it must have the capacity to store many gallons of water. You may even need a second multi-gallon tank or multiple storage tanks depending on your gallons per day (GPD) ratio and these tanks are not light!
- Many, if not most, beneficial minerals, like magnesium, calcium, fluoride, salts (sodium), iron, and others are removed to undesirable levels during the reverse osmosis process
- Instead of trapping contaminants in a multi-gallon tank, RO systems send wastewater down the drain, wasting about 4 gallons of water per minute (GPM) – that’s many, many gallons per day!
Have you considered point of use reverse osmosis systems?
Before getting a whole-home system, have you considered a “point-of-use” system such as the Micromax 7000?
This operation consists of four filtration stages using a superior water filter system. This RO system design easily mounts directly under the sink with a small tank and needs no electricity. Trust us, you’ll enjoy the cleanest and best-tasting water you’ve ever had – 50+ gallons daily – without the odor-causing hard water contaminants and minerals or other undesirable items thanks to reverse osmosis technology.
You get the benefit of reverse osmosis filtered water in a compact system that’s out of the way, easy to install, with full- water pressure, and easy to maintain. This is a great choice to get the best drinking water quality since RO systems provide perfectly filtered drinking water, free of chemicals.
However, clean H20 for showering and your toilets is one thing, and potable quality is another. Is it necessary to place a whole house reverse osmosis system throughout your entire house?
Unless there’s a very specific concern with your water that requires you to use a whole house reverse osmosis filtration system, you are better of using a water softening system that basically does the same thing at a cheaper price and far less maintenance.
If you only need clean drinking water then you should consider using a Micromax 7000 would be the much cheaper option and less of a headache.
Here’s how the Micromax 7000 works:
- Pre-treatment filtration system – water goes through a granular activated carbon filter that proceeds to removes any sediments and chemicals such as arsenic, chlorine, chloramine, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and chloride. (No need to fuss with bags of salts or other cumbersome items!)
- Ultrafiltration – during the ultrafiltration stage bacteria, cryptosporidium cysts, giardia, e. coli as well as most other cysts that are as small as 1/10,000 of a micron, is removed.
- Reverse Osmosis Unit – bigger particles such as heavy metals like mercury, chromium, lead, or other “Total Dissolved Solids” (TDS) are then stripped away from the water using a reverse osmosis sediment filter.
- Storage – once water contaminants have been stripped and removed from the water, the purified water is sent to a sealed and sterilized tank (a very small, light tank that holds the perfect amount!)
- Postfiltration – after passing through the pre-filtration system/screen stage, the water produced is run through a carbon block (or calcite filter block) which then polishes the water all while removing any unpleasant odors or smells (like those produced by too much sulfur!)
What is a water softener system and why you should use one instead?
Puronic’s brand of water softeners utilizes an ion exchange filtration process. When hard water comes into contact with the system, it automatically scans the water for toxic mineral content like chromium, sodium, potassium, TDS, and others. Not only does this process remove contaminants as an RO assembly would, but it also softens the water, removes any chlorine, as well as bad taste and any foul smell resulting in an optimum post-treatment product.
If water issues stemming from high levels of contaminants like arsenic, chlorine, nitrate, lead, excess fluoride & chloride, PFOA, cysts, bacteria, and chloramine/chloramines are on your mind, then the Puronics Bright and Clear is the perfect solution for anyone looking for results similar to what a whole home reverse osmosis system would provide. This system does everything you need in order to remove many contaminants and excessive chlorine or fluoride, from your water supply without sacrificing water pressure.
Not only will your family benefit from the purified water output generated by the Bright and Clear system, your pet & lawn, etc. will also benefit. Contact us for more information on how to reduce the contaminant level in your water.
If you have water that is hard or full of sediment then a Puronics whole-house water conditioner, like our Hydronex iGen model, (which meets the highest industry rating standard) would also be a great option.
It’s our smartest and most efficient unit for your entire house. This unit reduces water hardness, removes bacteria and contaminants, and provides your entire residence or business with healthy crystal clear water, even when using well water or a municipal water supply. You can feel secure knowing the iGen monitoring system is keeping your water supply in order. Let us list just some positive aspects. For example:
- Increases the life of the water-using systems in your residence
- Removes any bad smell, like sulfur, or taste from drinking water
- Creates light, crystal-clear water, free of impurities and contaminants like mercury, from gallon to gallon no matter how many GPM you use
- Better for the oils on your scalp, helps maintain a clearer complexion, and may help prevent tooth decay for everyone in your household
- Enjoy softer feeling laundry
- No loss of water pressure
Long term cost of a whole house RO unit makes it NOT worth it
With a “point of use” reverse osmosis water treatment system, the cost of clean water is reduced. If you install a whole home RO system for your home you’re going to get a pretty high water bill and you’ll waste a lot of your budget due to the cost and maintenance of a whole house RO unit. Large pumps are expensive to replace, especially if they are not a type covered by a standard household warranty! And don’t forget the price of the installation. It’s a sizeable investment!
Our whole-home water softening systems not only filters H20 but soften it as well for less than what a whole house reverse osmosis would cost. Choosing a whole house reverse osmosis system might not be the most cost-effective choice when you can get the benefits of RO water with a point-of-use as a solution for water wellness.
You can take advantage of clean, post-treatment water without wasting water or sacrificing water pressure as a whole house RO system might. A whole house softener has incredible benefits on its own and will save you cash when it comes to protecting plumbing, clothes washers, dishwashers, and ice-makers, clothing that will last longer, the energy that you are saving, and eliminating the need to buy water in bottles.
Clean water will benefit your loved ones and your environment
The quality of your H20 not only impacts what you’re putting in your body, but what you’re putting on your body, too. Total water wellness for all applications is possible for you and your family with our Puronics products.
At The Goodfor Company, our advanced, built-in water filtration solutions eliminate harmful toxins and pollutants from the tap water you use every day, keeping your family safe from contaminants, enabling you to live a healthier lifestyle and enjoy peace of mind. Let the Goodfor Co. show you the light! (Check out our reviews!)
To discover which filter systems would be best to use in your home, scheduling a call with us for a water test appointment, or for a water test (or tests) to be sent to your residence, is your next step. You may discover a whole house RO system purification option is not at all what you need.
Maybe you have more questions about prices, a specific type of product, parts, or a warranty? We believe in price transparency, no sales pressure, an easy-to-understand warranty, and always being here to answer any inquiries you may have.
We want to help customers choose the right features, order, and use a water filtration system that is right for them that will lead to the desired results for their homes.
If all of this confuses you and you still don’t know what system you need, just give us a call and our techs can help you choose the right system: (833) 488-3489