When deciding on a water filter for your home, it can be tough to know where to start. To understand the contaminants in your tap water, order a water-quality test. Based on the test results, you’ll better know what you need to filter out. There are many types of water filters, and each one has its benefits. Here are a few of the most popular options for your household.

UV Water Filters

UV filters disinfect water by killing living organisms such as bacteria and viruses. The ultraviolet light emits a wavelength that interferes with the DNA of these organisms, so bacteria and viruses cannot multiply.

This water filter does not remove organic compounds, chemicals, or sediment. UV filters are best used with an additional filtering component to remove sediment and other impurities. Many UV systems are designed with an activated carbon pre-filter to trap pollutants, followed by UV light to kill organisms.

Activated Carbon Water Filters for Your Home

Activated carbon filters are cost-efficient options for cleaner, better-tasting drinking water. Two of the most popular choices are water pitchers and faucet-mounted filters. Both of these are inexpensive and easy to use. The pitcher has a filter installed inside. Fill the reservoir with water, and it will pass through the filter, providing clean, ready-to-drink water. The faucet-mounted filter attaches to the kitchen tap and provides clean water on demand. Both need to have the filter cartridge changed regularly.

These water filters use a carbon-activated filter that reduces contaminants and impurities through adsorption. The carbon attracts particles and dissolved contaminants, removing them from your water.


Water distillation is the process of purifying drinking water by boiling it. The water is heated until it evaporates, becoming steam. The steam collects and condenses into a separate container. Heavy contaminants and impurities are left behind when the water turns into steam, producing clean, pure water. Distillation can remove minerals, bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals.

Clean drinking water is essential for the health of your family. Test your water to determine the best type of water filter for your home.

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