The Difference Between Water Filters and Reverse Osmosis

August 24, 2021 5:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A water filtration system and a reverse osmosis water system both serve basically the same purpose: to reduce the number of contaminants in the water of your home. Here’s a brief guide to the differences between these two water purification systems to help you determine which option is right for your needs.

Water filtration systems

Water filtration systems remove contaminants from the water with a physical filter that separates chlorine, sediment and other elements from the water that’s coming out of your taps at home. Many filtration systems use water pressure to force water through a filter, removing contaminants while retaining healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium. Contaminants that water filtration systems reduce include:

  • Chlorine
  • Dirt
  • Sediment
  • Rust
  • Parasites
  • Heavy metals
  • Arsenic
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Water filtration systems are available in benchtop models, under-the-sink systems and other convenient options. If you want healthier, great-tasting water on a budget, a filtration system is an excellent economical choice. You won’t have to spend a lot to see a big difference in the quality of water you enjoy at home.

Reverse osmosis systems

Osmosis is a natural process that involves the movement of a solvent, usually water, through a membrane. In terms of water filtration, a reverse osmosis system is the best you can get. It purifies the water to incredibly high standards, removing any volatile organic compounds, including traces of pesticides and herbicides, heavy metals, fluoride and other nasty chemicals that can negatively impact your health. Reverse osmosis systems protect your body from absorbing these chemicals, nearly eliminating them from the water that comes out of your taps.

You do need to keep in mind, though, that reverse osmosis systems also remove healthy elements like calcium and magnesium, and you’ll need to replace those nutrients in your diet. Contaminants that reverse osmosis systems reduce include:

  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Selenium
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Chromium
  • Turbidity
  • Chlorine

The system works by filtering the water through a carbon cartridge to remove sediment and chlorine. Next, the water is pushed through a fine membrane for purification, removing nearly all contaminants. For the final step, the water flows through another carbon cartridge to completely polish the water and ensure it’s completely pure and safe to drink.

A reverse osmosis water system can be installed conveniently below the sink in your home. There are portable options, too. Either one is easy to maintain, requiring cartridge replacement every six months to one year. Talk with your water treatment provider to learn which option would be best for you.

Choosing between a water filtration system or a reverse osmosis system for your property can be a difficult decision. This is why it’s best to get expert advice from professionals in the industry, like those at Fogt Water Conditioning. We can steer you in the right direction when it comes to water purification, helping you discover the most economical and effective solution for your home. Reach out to us today to get started with an initial consultation—we look forward to assisting you!

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