WHY A WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTER
IS RIGHT FOR YOU
In an era when the dangers of terrorism, kidnapping, and disease (to name only a few pressing concerns) seem so terribly imminent, we should not have to and certainly do not want to fear our water. Water, so intimately close to our lifestyle and so prevalent to everything we are and do, should not be a cause of worry or apprehension.
While we would certainly like to trust in the inherent safety of our drinking water, the fact is that water is a major cause of concern. New water contaminants are constantly coming to the forefront, and water, such an essential aspect of our well-being, is becoming more and more dangerous to our bodies. Scientists are now discovering that even municipal drinking water additives, like chlorine and fluoride, meant to protect us from contaminated water, are quite as insidious and dangerous to our bodies as more commonly known poisons like nitrate and arsenic.
Whether we recognize it or not, common, untreated drinking water is a major cause of concern, and we should be wary and apprehensive of it. This article will serve as a guide to protecting yourself and your family from the ever growing health risks of untreated drinking water. It focuses on one of the newest, most effective, and most beneficial water purification methods: the whole house water filter system.
Whole house water filter systems represent the present pinnacle of water filtration technology. While there will certainly be new developments and greater technological advances in the future of water filtration, at this moment in time, whole house water filters are the #1 certified water treatment method for the removal of dangerous water contaminants. In the following paragraphs, you will find some of the more important reasons for purchase and benefits of whole house water filter systems.
Whole house water filters purify drinking water by removing such dangerous contaminants as Atrazine (a chemical resulting from pesticide runoff), giardia and cryptosporidium (two of the more volatile organic contaminants of drinking water), chlorine, and fluoride. Each of these contaminants has been proven to cause significant health problems when ingested in drinking water. By removing these contaminants, whole house water filter systems provide healthier and better tasting water for drinking and cooking.
Whole house water filters work as point-of-entry systems, meaning they filter water as it enters a home's plumbing system. This type of treatment provides pure, filtered water to every faucet and water source in the house.
While point-of-entry filtration holds obvious benefits for drinking and cooking, the subtler, more important benefits lie in improved air quality. The EPA has stated that, "Every household in America, on municipally treated water, has an elevated level of chloroform gas in the air, specifically from showering, washing dishes, washing clothes, and flushing toilets." Chloroform, a byproduct of chlorine in water, is a clear, heavy liquid that can be incredibly damaging and even fatal when ingested in large amounts.
Chloroform, while certainly dangerous in its liquid form, is much more menacing as a gas. When inhaled, this gas can cause severe respiratory problems, including asthma and chronic bronchitis. When a home relies upon unfiltered, chlorinated water, chloroform gas is released into the air every time a toilet is flushed or a dishwasher or clothes washer is used. Use of these everyday appliances then creates a significant health risk for everyone in the household.
Besides emerging from toilets, dishwashers, and clothes washers, chloroform gas is also released into the air when showering. The enclosed conditions of shower stalls and high temperature of shower water result in high levels of chlorine vaporization and increased amounts of chloroform inhalation. Showering in chlorinated water does much more than dry skin and hair. It creates a situation where chloroform can rapidly make its way into the bloodstream, bypassing the filtration mechanism of digestion.
Chloroform gas is only one of the many dangerous chemicals found in unfiltered water. Other synthetic chemicals also exist in water, including volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and trihalomethanes (THMs). VOCs largely occur in water as a result of pesticide runoff. They are known carcinogens, and they can also impair nervous system functioning when ingested. Likewise, intake of THMs has been associated with increased risk of bladder and rectal cancer.
Like chloroform, such chemicals are especially dangerous when inhaled in the gaseous form. VOCs vaporize at a much faster rate than water and can quickly infiltrate the air in a shower stall. When inhaled, these chemicals can cause severe damage to the lungs.Whole house water filters, by removing these chemicals in their liquid form as soon as they enter a home's plumbing system, remove the health risks of both ingestion and inhalation.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of a whole house water filter is the peace of mind it affords. There are simply too many sources of anxiety and concern in our world today to add drinking water contamination to the list. Knowing that you and your family are safe from the damaging health effects of contaminated drinking water can be incredibly calming to a troubled mind. Everyone should take advantage of this peace of mind and enjoy the many health benefits of a whole house water filter.
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