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Are Whole House Water Filters Worth It?

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 01.26.21

Glass filled with drinking water from kitchen faucet.

Short Answer: Yes

Water in Westchester is usually treated with fluoride, chlorine, and ultraviolet light. However, it may still contain harmful bacteria, chemicals, and other contaminants from industrial and environmental pollution. While the majority of these contaminants won't cause any immediate harm, they may lead to long-term health effects. 

Luckily, the safest and simplest solution to drinking contaminated water is investing in an advanced home water filtration system. Here are some of the many benefits of a whole-house water filter system. 

Safer to Drink

Most tap water and well water in the United States contain some level of contamination because of pollution. Here are just some of the many unwanted substances that could be in your water:

  • Microbial pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.
  • Toxic metals like arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, and mercury.
  • Fluoride, chlorine, and chlorine byproducts that are formed when chlorine in treated drinking water combines with naturally occurring organic matter.

Chlorine and chlorine byproducts found in tap water are known to cause a variety of health issues, including rectal cancer, bladder cancer, and colon cancer. 

Several bacteria, like giardia and cryptosporidium, are commonly found in many home drinking water supplies that can cause gastrointestinal illness. 

Safer for Showers and Baths

Bathing and showering in contaminated water are just as bad as drinking it. Studies at the University of Pittsburgh have found that on average, absorption through the skin is responsible for 64 percent of waterborne contaminants that enter the human body. Fluoride and chlorine in the water can also aggravate skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

A whole house water filter is installed at its point of entry (POE) into a household and delivers filtered water to all of your taps and appliances including your water heater. This ensures that every drop of water throughout the house, including shower, dishwasher, and toilet flush, is safe and clean for use.

Better for the Environment

Plastic waste is one of the biggest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. A staggering number of animals die as a result of plastic pollution in the marine environment as well. 

Americans send more than 38 billion water bottles to landfills every year. Only about 30% of plastic bottles will make it to a recycling bin, and even if they do, they will never be recycled. With a home water filtration system, you will prevent more plastic from spilling into landfills and to our oceans.


Many people take water for granted and fail to consider its overall quality. By the time a problem arises, it's a significant issue. By adding a whole-house water filter to your home, you will never have to worry about your water supply again. Contact us today and we'll install your new water filter as efficiently as possible.LEARN MORE

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