Counter-top water filter diagram
What to Look For In A Counter Top Water Filter System
What makes a great water filter? Low cost. Wide protection. Local availability. Easily portable. Here are some suggestions to help achieve cleaner drinking water.
1 Micron (Absolute) Filter Pad removes:
Activated Alumina removes:
KDF Filter removes:
Carbon Filter removes:
Dual counter-top filter cartridges
Dual Filter Housings
For extended coverage a second housing can be added to increase the filter's life span to 1600 gallons when treating chlorinated municipal water. This can be configured for counter top use, or for an under the sink installation.
Under-Sink Water Filter Systems
The next option is to install these same filter housings under the sink. Since 10 inch filter housings are standard sized, it's base stand is interchangeable with a bracket for mounting the filter in a cabinet under or near the sink.
Counter Top Water Filter Installation Features
Parts needed for under-sink filter installation:
- Water faucet that fits a standard .75 inch sink opening, that might replace a sprayer hose, or soap dispenser.
- T-connector, or saddle valve, for tapping into the cold water line.
- Plumbing experience, or consider hiring a professional plumber.
A "button type" diverter valve, shown here, is less likely to fail in the long run, verses a "lever type" diverter valve.
See: Counter Top installation Guide
Carbon Filter Standard 9.75" filter cartridges make it easier to find local replacements at most home hardware stores.
"Off the shelf" filter media such as KDF can target specific contamination concerns. Example shown:
- 1 Micron Filter Pad
- 15% Activated alumina
- 15% KDF
- 70% GAC Carbon
Estimated lifespan, 6-12 months, approximately 800 gallons when treating typical chlorinated municipal water.
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