Shower water filters are extremely popular as a way to get clean, contaminant-free water in your shower. They’re affordable, effective and easy to install and maintain. However, there are many questions you may have about shower filters and their use. In this article, we’re going to answer the questions that we frequently get asked about shower water filters.
Why should I use a shower filter?
A shower water filter is just one type of filtration system out of many, but the difference is that it targets only the water coming out of your shower. You should only use a shower water filter if other types of filters don’t suit your needs. Whole house filtration systems are ideal if you want purified water out of every outlet in your home, while under sink water filters and countertop filters are perfect for an affordable solution to clean drinking and/or cooking water. Shower filters are affordable and easy to install. They’re also ideal if you live in a rental property and want a quick fix for better shower water.
Do shower water filters soften hard water?
Hard water refers to water with a high mineral content, including minerals like calcium and magnesium. These can be good for your health but hard on your hair and skin. This is why many people look for shower water filters for hard water. The truth is, shower filters don’t work like softeners and can’t remove all the minerals in your water. It does target contaminants and can improve the hardness in your water by reducing some of the minerals. The end result is water that’s more pleasant, cleaner and not as hard on your body.
Do shower water filters reduce pressure?
A quality shower filter shouldn’t reduce the water pressure and should be able to process water at a rate of at least 2 gallons per minute. This type of filter is designed to run water on demand through the filtration process quickly. If the water pressure is low, there might be some other reason like the filter being clogged.
How long does a shower water filter last?
This depends on the specific filter you purchase, but in general, a shower filter should last from 3 to 6 months before you have to replace the cartridge. Note that these are just general guidelines and will largely depend on your usage and the quality of the feed water. To put this into perspective, a shower filter will last much longer for a single person than it would for a family of four. So while the description will proclaim that the filter can last for 6 months, each person’s experience will be different.
What contaminants do shower water filters remove?
Shower water filters are designed to reduce chlorine, but they also reduce a range of other contaminants like heavy metals, scale, rust, pathogens and TDS. However, this can vary depending on the filter as different filtration systems target different contaminants. For example, KDF and Vitamin C filters are the best at removing chlorine, while GAC filters remove a range of other contaminants including odor and bad tastes in the water. If the filter has a multi-level system, it may effectively remove chemicals and other impurities but may not be as effective at removing chlorine. So, the answer to the question is – it depends on the type of filter. Before purchasing your filter, it’s a good idea to test the water first and then to purchase according to the contaminants you want to remove.
What are the types of shower water filters?
All shower filters fall into three main categories:
1- In-line shower filters – where the model comes without a showerhead and needs to be connected into the water line of the shower.
2- Showerhead filters – the filter is in the showerhead so all you have to do is attach the showerhead to the water outlet.
3- In-line and showerhead filters – a combination of both the above types, where the filter is attached in line and works in conjunction with a special showerhead filter.
Do shower water filters really work?
If we said that shower water filters remove a 100% of all contaminants, softens your water and is the next best thing since sliced bread, we would be lying or trying to sell you something. True, these filters are effective at what they do, but they aren’t a complete filtration system. If you want completely pure water, it’s best to opt for something like a reverse osmosis system. However, shower water filters are not a marketing hype. They do remove pollutants in water, and they improve the water significantly. Because these filters are affordable and easy to use, they are an excellent option for improving shower water. The important thing is to purchase a quality product with a good track record. For this, do your research and find the suitable shower filter for you.