Should Your Whole House Water Filter Feature UV?

Should Your Whole House Water Filter Feature UV?


If you have been considering a whole house filtration system for your home, you are likely to be aware that there is a plethora of options. You may have noticed that many types of water filters have additional add ons, like Sub-Micron filters, salt free softeners and UV filters. This can make choosing your new technology a challenge, as these add ons have specific purposes and may not be needed for your specific requirements. So, should you choose a system that features a UV unit?Should Your Whole House Water Filter Feature UV?

Do You Need UV?

A short answer to whether you need UV specifically will depend on your unique needs. If you are seeking the best possible protection against undesirable elements in your water, then a UV filter and Sub Micron filter are a good idea. These two addons work in concert together for optimum results. Unfortunately, for many cost will be a factor, so you may need to delve a little deeper into the issue.

What a UV Filter Can Do?

The primary reason to install a UV filter is that it can eliminate bacteria. Some water supplies, particularly well water can be at a greater risk of contamination from harmful bacteria. The outbreak of E.Coli in Walkerton, Ontario in 2000 highlights the potential danger of bacteria in our water supplies.
UV units act as a form of disinfectant. It acts like chlorine, but doesn’t affect the color, odor or taste of your water. It can safeguard your water against even potentially harmful bacteria such as E.Coli, Cryptosporidium, Salmonella, Giardia, Coliform and other common water borne microorganisms.
Even if you have municipally supplied water that is disinfected using chlorine, Cryptosporidium and Giardia have demonstrated a resistance to chlorine disinfection. Fortunately, UV can effectively filter out these potentially dangerous bacteria.

Checking Your Water Quality:

If you are still unsure about whether a UV unit would be beneficial for your whole house system, you should understand the specific characteristics of your water. By checking what contaminants are present in your water, you can assess the risks. Laboratory testing can confirm the contaminant levels in your water and if any forms of bacteria are present. If you want to enjoy the ultimate peace of mind, you may find that adding a UV unit and Sub Micron filter to your new system will provide the greatest possible protection.
Your new system can be tailored to perfectly suit your water quality issues, to ensure that your water is clean and safe. Whether this means choosing a UV filter or other add ons, you need to have confidence that your new water treatment system is ready to meet your specific needs.

If you do have concerns about bacteria or other contaminants in your water, you should have a chat with your local water treatment specialist. A WQA certified professional can discuss your requirements and provide guidance for the myriad of options available on the market, that will meet and exceed the industry standards. This will ensure that your entire family can enjoy clean, safe water throughout your home.

Contact NicMar Water for your water needs.

About The Author: Mark Williams (NicMar Water President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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