Studies show that, at any given time, millions of Americans have unsafe drinking water. While utilities in Florida attempt to deliver safe drinking water to residents, your tap water may not be completely free of contaminants. A reverse osmosis system is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that your drinking water tastes great and is pure and safe for your family.
Here is a guide to help you select a reverse osmosis system that suits your needs.
1. Gallons Per Day Ratings
When you are in the market for a reverse osmosis system, first determine your total daily water use. Your daily consumption will usually depend on the size of your household.
On average, most households use between 80 and 100 gallons per day per person on regular activities including cleaning, bathing, cooking, and showering.
Opt for an RO system that will deliver an adequate amount of water per day. A low output system will not save you money, and such a system may have a shorter lifespan if the demand exceeds the maximum possible output.
Several factors will affect the system's actual output. For example, the cold water output is usually lower. A high amount of dissolved solids in your water can clog the system's membrane, resulting in low water production.
If you are unsure, ask your RO provider to recommend the most appropriate GPD rating based on your home's conditions.
The size of an RO system will affect how long you will need to run the system to deliver an adequate amount of water for your daily use.
Buying an unnecessarily large RO system would be a waste of money and energy. At the same time, a small system will need to operate for more hours to meet your household's daily use. This can reduce the system's service life and result in higher energy costs.
RO systems consist of several filtration stages that utilize a carbon pre-filter, a reverse osmosis membrane, and a carbon post-filter.
Although a three or four-stage filtration system is usually adequate to eliminate microscopic contaminants, you may opt for a system with added filtration if you want to be extra cautious.
The pre-filter works to eliminate sediments and to protect the carbon filter. The carbon filter helps to remove chloramines and chlorine and to protect the RO membrane from the effects of tap water-based chemicals.
Consider an RO equipped with pre-filter gauges, which detect pressure changes as water flows through the pre-filter. A significant pressure change in the water flow is usually a sign of a clogged filter that needs replacing to prevent extensive damage to the RO system.
You will need a separate faucet to dispense the filtered water. Most RO systems come with a standard non-air gap faucet, but you can replace this faucet with an air-gap faucet.
Non-air gap faucets are quieter and easier to install, and, using a low-cost check valve, the faucet can prevent water in the drain line from flowing back to the RO system.
Air-gap faucets are best for installations where the RO unit is not underneath the sink and therefore does not discharge into the drain line.
Reverse osmosis systems are a significant investment. Take your time to select a system that will truly meet the present and anticipated needs of your household. A reputable RO provider will be invaluable in helping you make the right decision.
At Reverse Osmosis of South Florida, we stock quality reverse osmosis systems from top brands. Get in touch with us today to inquire about reverse osmosis system installation in Fort Lauderdale, FL.