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5 Things To Look For In Your Water Filter

5 Things To Look For In Your Water Filter

Are you concerned about the quality of drinking water that you get at your home? If you are worried by studies that show how drinking water may contain different chemicals, heavy metals and pathogens then you should get yourself a water filtration system to quash your doubts for good.

Once you’ve decided to put your good health in the hand of water filter, there are several options available. The market is flooded with many models of water filters from various brands employing different filtering technologies that the prospect of buying a filtering system can overwhelm you.

The following five things will help you get a general idea about what to look for in your water filter.

1. Removal of contamination

The primary reason to install a water filtration system is to get rid of the contaminants that are present in tap water and get safe water. Water coming to your household may contain several impurities that can have serious effects on your health.

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Biological impurities like bacteria, cysts and other micro parasites can make their way into your body via impure water. In addition, several studies have shown that household water may contain harmful chemical pollutants that are linked to high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression, etc. Furthermore, there may be carcinogenic heavy metals like arsenic and lead in tap water.

So, to select a filter get your water tested properly in a certified lab to check what contaminants may be present and then decide which filter suits you the best. Most of the filters remove around 40 contaminants, while some can filter as many as 60 and others remove just about 25 contaminants. If your water contains more contaminants get a filter that removes them.

Activated Carbon filters can expel organic compounds, chlorine and THMs and most of the parasites from water; but for nitrates, sulfates, arsenic and heavy metals you will need to get reverse osmosis or UV filter systems.

2. Filtration rate

It’s very likely that most people will not care much about the maximum daily filtration rate when they are looking for a filter. But a wise buyer should pay attention to it. Maximum filtration rate is the amount of filtered water a filter can produce each day. So, if your daily water consumption outweighs the maximum gallons of water produced by your filter, the filter is not right for you.

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Different filters available in the market differ significantly in their maximum filtration rate. It is essential to get one that meets or exceeds your usage slightly. On the other hand, you should also avoid buying filters that filter far more water than you actually consume because they are usually more expensive.

So first get a good idea of how much filtered water you need daily and select your filter accordingly.

3. Quality of water

Your filter should not just remove contaminants but improve the overall quality of water. This includes getting rid of foul taste and pungent smell and maintaining proper pH balance but preserving natural minerals that are healthy for you.

Filters employing reverse osmosis may seem to be the ultimate solution in your quest for finding healthy water but it is not always the case. While it removes several unwanted impurities, it also eliminates minerals that are healthy.

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In fact, it removes several natural minerals that are necessary for our body like calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, fluoride etc. Deficiency of these minerals may cause gastrointestinal problems, bone density issues, joint conditions, and cardiovascular disease. The lack of minerals also makes water tasteless and increase acidity.

In case your water does not contain very harmful contaminants in non-negligible amount, you might want to go with active carbon filters that preserve minerals. Alternatively you can get filters with remineralization elements that add necessary minerals to your water after completing the filtration process.

4. Installation and operating cost

Your budget will have a significant influence on the type of water filter you buy. The cost of a filter is determined by many factors including the number of stages applied to process water, filtration rate, storage capacity etc. Similarly if a filter has a remineralization cartridge, it will cost you more.

Besides the money you pay upfront, there are additional costs that come with having a filter. You will have to change your cartridges so make sure how much they cost. Calculate how much electricity your filter uses. Keep in mind that filters that may appear expensive when you first buy them, but might prove to be cheaper in the long run.

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You do not need to have the most expensive and complex system to enjoy healthy water. Determine what type of contaminants you have to eliminate from your tap water, your daily water use to find out what best suits you. Do not spend your hard earned money on something you do not need. And, do not hesitate to go a little over budget if the situation calls for it.

5. Ease in maintenance

Usually water filter cartridges need replacing after some time. You’ll have to consult your water filter guide to determine how often you need to replace your cartridges and always replace them in time. You might want to avoid filters that require frequent cartridge change.

Depending upon their types, water filters have different maintenance requirements. Some level of monitoring is necessary for all filters but more complex systems demand more of your time and expenses.

For instance: A 6 phase Reverse Osmosis Filter may require changing several cartridges that too at different intervals. In such filters, pretreatment of feed water is mandatory for durability of the filter. In case the feed water is hard, water softener is indispensable to avoid severe scaling of membranes due to magnesium and calcium deposits in filter parts.

To ensure that your filter keeps working efficiently, you will need to take proper care of it. Keeping your filter in excellent working condition is essential to ensure you get pure, healthy water.

Getting a water filter is a serious task because your health is on the line. Therefore it must take considerable amount of research before you install one. Failing to consider other factors apart from the fundamental function of making water pure and healthy in search of a perfect water filter, might make you regret your choice later.

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Co-Founder, Siplikan Media Group

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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