Why Whole House Reverse Osmosis Systems are Simply a Waste Of Money

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June 8, 2020

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 have some pro and con lists for you to review. 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 and allow you to still take advantage of a RO water system on a smaller scale. Let us explain purchase options for reverse osmosis water systems and the features as there are many brands of reverse osmosis systems available.

What’s in your water?

The truth is, without proper water tests and result transparency, the average customer is unaware of the potential water problems and health risks lurking in the water supplies of their homes, whether using well water, municipal water, or city water. Good water quality means enjoying the refreshing liquid free from all types of water contaminants and pollutants, whether you’re quenching your thirst, washing dishes, cooking, taking a shower, feeding your pet, watering your plants, or doing laundry.  The GoodFor Company is proud of its high customer service rating and we are honored to help you take care of your needs and start your water wellness journey with our award-winning water purification systems.

What is whole house reverse osmosis system filtration?

Want to understand why a whole house reverse osmosis system (whole house RO system) design 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. Let us talk you through all the possibilities.

How do reverse osmosis systems work in a smaller space?

What are the Micromax 7000 devices that GoodFor Co. offers? The is a “point-of-use” or “POU” system. 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 systems that you are trying to solve, the answer to that question is no.

Here’s how the Micromax 7000 works:

  1. 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!)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!)
  5. 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!)

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Focused point reverse osmosis water filter system vs. a whole house reverse osmosis system (House RO System)?

Instead of installing a full reverse osmosis system in your house, which may be unnecessary, you can install a quality, efficient home water filter, such as the Puronics Bright and Clear only where you need it. Some RO components are missing from this, but again, drinking water is different from the water you shower and wash your clothes with. Depending on what’s in your water, the Bright and Clear will more than suffice and a whole house reverse osmosis system might not be necessary.

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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 from a home reverse osmosis system. This system does everything you need in order to remove many contaminants and excessive chlorine or fluoride, from your water supply without sacrificing 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.

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
  • Maintains appropriate levels of good minerals, like chlorine, fluoride, magnesium, and calcium
  • 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

Does your home qualify for whole house reverse osmosis (RO) systems

In comparison, a standard whole house reverse osmosis system filters your entire home’s volume of water through a reverse osmosis membrane.  Every drop in the RO water systems will go through the reverse osmosis whole house system and RO membrane prefilters whether it’s for your food prep area, bathroom, or your shower. This membrane/filter system is usually needed for a specific water source or contaminant problem that affects your home. Otherwise, there are water systems with a much lower price tag.

As mentioned, while a whole house reverse osmosis system (AKA whole house RO system) is quite effective, it’s not necessarily the best option for entire home usage. Most are known to use/waste more water than complete home filtration systems, so if your water test shows you would benefit from drinking RO water, a more specific reverse osmosis choice, like the Micromax 7000, makes more sense as opposed to a bulkier, higher-capacity, and more commercial-grade option with one or more large tanks. Let us help you weigh the factors.

What are the cons of a whole house reverse osmosis water filtration system?

We know that H20 from a reverse osmosis whole house filter system is the cleanest water you’ll find. We know it can remove contaminants and particles such as bacteria. chromium, arsenic, excessive chlorine, iron, or fluoride, and lead, however, these may not be as much of a concern if you’re not drinking it. If you have multiple water needs throughout your home, you’ll need to address those with different solutions.

In most cases, a whole house method is only necessary for a very specific water supply problem. To find out what’s in your water, your next step is to schedule your in-home water systems test with us.

The below lists some cons associated with installing a whole house reverse osmosis system products:

  • 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!

What is a water softener system?

In a nutshell, 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.

Does a water softener system also filter?

Due to the fact that H20 softening also provides you with pure uncontaminated water, you may not need a whole house water filtration system, but instead, use just one points-of-usage reverse osmosis kit. It really all depends on what water quality problems you’re trying to solve.

If our customers have water that is hard or full of sediment, we want to share the advantages of having Puronics whole-house water conditioner, like our Hydronex iGen model, which meets the highest industry rating standard. Call us in order to find out more.

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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

Customers often find a reverse osmosis filter units for their entire residence will not be a sufficient way to have it all and will not provide the soft water they may be seeking with the purchase of a softening device.

Is an H20 Softening System or RO System better?

When considering a purchase of this size, most people succumb to pressure by sales departments and tend to underestimate how costly it is to run a complete reverse osmosis system. The amount of water it requires is ridiculous in that you will see your water consumption costs to increase dramatically. And don’t forget the labor costs with professional installation.

RO systems are not designed for the customer who has water hardness issues. Consistently running that water through an RO system pressure tank and pump will wear out the semipermeable membrane. This means they’ll be spending a lot of money constantly buying new membranes for your RO system.

95% of the time, you’re looking for a setup that removes chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals, and other undesirable items from the water. Well, friends, a whole house water softening system could be everything you need. It’s the same concept as an RO system at a much lower price and far less maintenance than other systems.

One of the only times you’ll need a complete house RO kit is if your water has a strange taste or smell that is caused by other contaminants outside of mineral, chorine, etc. and well, you certainly don’t need anything considered commercial grade for that! We will carefully review your needs and provide the most logical recommendation.

You can install one usage position RO assembly which is perfect, for example, the kitchen. No huge pump or large tanks! The problem is only if you decided you need a whole house RO system as this is a “different beast” to install which can be more of a pain than what it’s worth.

Will a whole house RO unit be easier on your wallet?

With a POU reverse osmosis water treatment system, the cost of clean water is reduced. If you install a 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 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.

When you take into account the price of soaps, detergents, bottled water, cleansers you will save on, the clear choice is a whole house filtration system, saving the reverse osmosis type for the kitchen sink.

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.

H20 creates wellness. Make sure to start your journey to a happier and more healthy life with The Goodfor Company.

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Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of clean water?