One of the most popular residential water purifiers is the Big Blue Whole House Water Filtering System. In this post, we’ll be discussing its stats, cons, pros, and maintenance issues.
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Why would you need a whole house water filtering system?
If you’re going to get one, then you must at least know what you’re signing up for. We’ve lost trust in tap water ever since the River Flint Water Crisis hit the headlines. The quality of our drinking water has been compromised. Even though our municipalities are trying their best to supply us with treated water, our drinking water is still full of contaminants like dirt, rust, excess chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, and other toxic micro-particles. The responsibility of protecting our health and that of our families now rests on our shoulders.
The Big Blue Whole House Water Filter
This filtering system is manufactured by Pentek– A well-known company in the water treatment industry. “Big Blue” refers to the fact that it’s big and blue with a diameter of 10-20 inches, unlike the regular 4-inch bodies. It’s large body houses the filtering system that is responsible for all the cleaning. It’s a Point-of-Entry (POE) filtering system. This means it filters water at the entrance before it’s distributed to the entire house. Its main objective is to make sure all areas of your house are supplied with clean filtered water.
The Big Blue Water Filtering System- How does it work?
It’s important to appreciate the fact that this water filtering system is unique. Its uniqueness lies with its extra filters. The Big Blue’s filtering system comes with an ion-exchange filter that gets rid of excess minerals that are harmful to our bodies. Depending on your supplier, some even come with UV filters that kill germs and bacteria.
Location: It’s installed at your water’s point-of-entry.
Sediment filter: This is the first outermost filter cartilage. It filters macro-particles such as dirt and metal pieces. It not only cleans the water but also protects the inner delicate filters from damage.
Activated carbon filter: It’s the most important filter that removes a lot of harmful micro-particles. It also clears the water’s foul taste and smell.
Copper-zinc mineral filter: It removes any leftover particles and chemical substances like Chlorine.
Water softener: This filter is embedded with resin and uses ion-exchange technology to remove excess minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, and other elements.
A point-of-use (POU) filter might be smaller and cheaper as a unit, but the total cost for all filters in a household can be overwhelming. Not to mention the annual maintenance fees and filter replacement costs. The Big Blue whole house filtering system is cheaper in the long run. The investment might be costly at the start, but you’ll only be maintaining one system and replacing one set of filters over the years- It’s way cheaper!
The whole house filtering system is installed at your water’s entrance, and therefore, you’re confident that clean water is supplied to all faucets, shower-heads, and taps.
The Big Blue water filtering system is optimized for residential homes.
- It comes with several filtering cartilages that deal with all sorts of contaminants.
- It’s large housing also allows it to filter large quantities of water at a time ensuring a constant supply of high-pressure water.
It’s a slightly bigger investment
It costs a substantial amount of money and time to buy and set up a whole house filtering system. You’ll have to pay for the unit and its installation costs, unlike the POU filters that are easily set up in a matter of minutes.
How often to change Big Blue’s water filters- Maintenance issues
Big Blue’s housing is surprisingly durable and can last up to 10 years of continuous everyday usage. This has a lot to do with its durable material that is flexible enough to accommodate forces of inertia created when a water outlet is closed. You’ll find some suppliers selling transparent water filtering systems. They are a no-no. Clear plastic is brittle and will easily fracture and break with continuous use.
The manufacturer advises us to replace the individual filters once every three months.
Is it worth it?
Yes, the Big Blue Water Filtering system is efficient, saves you money in the long run, and it’s very durable. What more could you ask of a high-quality whole-house water filtering system?