Tips for Choosing the Right Water Filter

Three Simple Questions to ask when choosing a Water Filtration System

Are you confused about all of the water filtration options out there? Here’s three simple questions that when answered and understood, will give you peace of mind and help lead you to the healthiest decision for you and your family.

1) Product Performance – What is a product proven to do?

This is the Number One question when comparing water filters… what is a filter tested and proven to do? Many products are simply taste and odor filters… also known as aesthetic devices. They may take out some chlorine and improve taste, but not much else. Some claim a wide range of contaminant reduction yet offer no documentation.

If you are wanting to safeguard your family’s health from the widest range of contaminants possible, be sure to look to NSF International, the world-wide accepted third party lab testing certifier of water filtration products. Over the last 25 years, NSF has stringently tested more than 6,000 water filtration products and provide verification of product performance based on NSF lab data. Be sure to always ask for a product’s Performance Data Sheet that clearly shows NSF test results. This document lists all of the contaminants that a product has been tested and proven to reduce, and the actual amounts reduced, all confirmed in the lab by NSF’s rigorous testing protocol. This is genuinely empowering information! Knowing about this is crucial to making the right choice.

2) Cost – What is the Long-term cost?

It’s important to understand that there is the initial cost of a product and there is also the long-term, sometimes not so obvious, on-going cost. Some of the filters that look inexpensive may end up costing you way more over the long-term due to cartridge replacement costs. Calculate the ten-year cost by adding the initial cost plus the 10-year cartridge replacement cost. This is the accurate way of determining true cost of a system.

3) What is the Guarantee/Warranty?

Make sure that your product comes with a sufficient 100% money-back guarantee so that you can test-drive your system for a while and decide if it’s really right for you. You want ZERO risk when purchasing your filter, so make sure you have at least 30 days or 60 or even 90 days. This assurance of satisfaction with a generous time frame gives you security and peace of mind.

See if the product comes with a warranty… the longer the better, i.e. LIFETIME! Any parts that need to be replaced will add to your long-term product cost, so get clear about which of these costs will be covered by the manufacturer and for how long… and get it in writing.

Empower yourself with information. Do just this little bit of inquiry and you will be on your way to making the right choice for yourself and your family.

We are here to assist you ~ Please contact us anytime ~ Will & Gemma McCoy
(530) 468-2166 OR

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