I have installed 3 whole house water filters and am confused about
The first filter is the cheap rust and big stuff 20 micron filter.
The second filter is the 5 micron charcoal taste and odor filter.
The 3 rd filter is the very expensive 1 micron filter, which I can't
afford to buy, so I need your opinion.
Do I leave the 3rd filter empty or do I put two of the cheaper 5
micron filters in the 2nd and 3rd positions?
I guess it depends on what you are fighting. I have a Lakos centrifugal
as my primary, it gets the big chunks followed by 2 whole house in
series and run the cheap string filters in both. I tried the expensive
filters, but they left the water tasteless, and my well water tastes
pretty good normally. The expensive ones filled up a little too fast
for me, about 6 weeks and I began to lose pressure. The only reason I
run the final filters at all is for the toilet valves and aerators,
which seemed to clog a little too frequently for my liking. Since the
install, nothing has acted up, so my battle is won.
I thought charcoal was primarily for chlorine? Assuming you're on a
well, than you don't have that(I guess). Another disinfectant is
Chlorimine, which is tougher to filter out(another non well related
I'm about to put in a well, and here's my uneduacated(at this point)
attack on my water.
Softener for the big stuff(Lime/scale/calcium and other hard water
makers) and a 3-tiered filter system. 20micron/5 micron, then at the
kitchen sink an RO filter.
The correct order is
Well to filter bank 20/5
Filter bank to Softener - resin tied to well water specific characteristics
Softener to RO
And while you are at it, a whole house RO will only cost you $2500 to
$3000 including the repressurization pump, and ALL faucets have great
In general Sears sells point of use filters. You MAY be able to find
whole house filters there, but the question in my mind is can you find
the fitler types that are needed?? Even talking to Home Depot and Lowes
can be a problem as most of what they sell is point of use too.
Culligan, Rainsoft, and ANYONE in the water treatment biz full time can
supply these filters, and the housings that go in them.
The one thing that Sears offers is convenience. You will pay for that
convenience with an estimated price that is 30 to 50% more than street
prices for the same. Street prices being about what you might pay to a
pro on eBay or to a water treatment firm in your city.
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