There are many different technologies available to remove contaminants from water, but two of the best-known and most effective are reverse osmosis and carbon filtration. Each one of these filtration types has a particular set of skills, and the one that would be best for your home depends on what’s in your water. Today we’re going to help clarify the differences between reverse osmosis vs. carbon filtration and talk about how to choose which one is right for your home!
Reverse osmosis vs. carbon filtration: How they work
Reverse osmosis and carbon filtration use two very different strategies to remove contaminants from your home’s water. A carbon filter uses an activated carbon media that attracts contaminants in your home’s water. Those contaminants bind to the carbon media as the pure water molecules pass right by.
A reverse osmosis filter does not attract contaminants, but rather blocks them out. Reverse osmosis filters send water through a membrane that has thousands of tiny holes. These holes are only large enough to allow water molecules to pass through. Since water molecules are smaller than almost every water contaminant, only pure water is able to make it through the other side of the media.
Reverse osmosis vs. carbon filtration: Effectiveness of removing contaminants
A carbon filter is very good at removing “larger” particles from your home’s water. This includes many types of common water contaminants, chlorine in particular. One of the biggest strengths of a carbon filter is its ability to remove chlorine and improve the taste and smell of your water.
A reverse osmosis filter is good at removing both large and small particles from your home’s water. It can trap everything a carbon filter can, in addition to many tiny particles like those found in chemicals and fertilizers. In fact, there is almost nothing besides water molecules that can make it through a reverse osmosis filter.
Reverse osmosis vs. carbon filtration: Which one is right for you?
Although it might sound like a reverse osmosis filter is better in every situation, that’s not always the case. If the water in your home only contains larger contaminants, a carbon filter might be all you need. If your water contains tiny particles that would make it past a carbon filter, a reverse osmosis system would be a better choice. The best way to decide which one is right for you is to have your water tested by EPA Water Consultants so that you can discover what’s inside your water and which system would be most appropriate.
It should be noted that choosing between a reverse osmosis and carbon filter is not always an either/or decision. In fact, the two systems work great in conjunction with each other. A carbon filter can remove larger particles before water enters a reverse osmosis filter. This allows the reverse osmosis’ membrane to only worry about small particles, which means the membrane can last longer.
If you have any questions about reverse osmosis vs. carbon filtration, or if you’d like a water system serviced or installed in your home, contact EPA Water Consultants, your water softener and water filtration system dealer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide service all over Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including towns like Buckingham, Lansdale and Chalfont, PA.