How a Whole House Carbon Filter Can Improve Your Health
You’re concerned about your health and the environment, right? Great! So here is an easy way to improve both - A whole house carbon filter. This is an activated carbon filter which is installed right where your water enters your home. It helps filter out organic chemicals and chlorine which has proved to be a health hazard within our water.
Living in SW Florida, most of us realize that the majority of the water we use is chlorinated. This is beneficial in the sense that it kills most of the harmful microorganisms found in water. But many people don’t realize that there are long term negative side effects to consider. In fact, scientists discovered in the 1970’s that chlorine creates Triahalomethanes (THMs) which has been linked to kidney and liver damage, various types of cancer, immune system trouble, nervous system disorders, birth defects, and hardening of the arteries. This can be a risk from drinking chlorinated water as well as showering and bathing in it. A warm shower releases these cancer causing agents into the air we breathe causing it to be inhaled and absorbed through our skin.
“Cancer risk among people using chlorinated water is as much as 93
percent higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.”
– U.S. Council of Environmental Quality
Installing a whole house water filter though will eliminate these dangerous toxins before they enter our home. The activated carbon within will remove/reduce many volatile organic chemicals (VOC) as well as pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, benzene, trihalomethane, compounds, radon, solvents, and hundreds of other man-made chemicals found in our water. With a whole house carbon filter, you can be sure that you have safe and pure water throughout your home that you can drink, shower/bathe in, wash your clothes, etc.
How a whole house carbon filter can save you money and help the environment
In today’s struggling economy, most of us are looking for any way that we can to save money. So why keep buying those expensive bottles of water? True, purchasing a whole house carbon filter may be an investment at first, but it will pay for itself in no time. It’s also environmentally friendly in that it reduces the overall use of plastic and energy.
Consider the facts: Over 60,000,000 plastic bottles fill U.S. landfills each day. Plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Other than the direct impact of around 30 billion plastic bottles being disposed of each year, we have to take into consideration what it takes to produce them. Plastic bottles are a petroleum product that burns up 151 billion liters of oil each year just to create. On top of that, the water industry uses another 1.7 billion liters of oil to distribute water bottles around the U.S. alone. Not to mention the fact that manufacturing plastic bottles releases another 2,500,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year into our system.
Save Money, Improve Your Health, and Help the Environment!
So overall, installing a whole house carbon filter is beneficial in numerous ways. It ensures our personal health when it comes to water as well as the health and safety of our environment - It saves money and is energy efficient! So the next time you reach for a bottle of water or take a nice warm shower, think of what you could be doing better!
Give Aztec Plumbing & Drains a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you have about having a whole house carbon filter installed for yourself!