When should I change my water filter?
2020 should definitely be your year to hydrate yourself, and the best and tastiest way to do just that is by investing in and using a water filter. Water filters give you unlimited access to better tasting water that’s free from impurities and odours, meaning you’ll want to stay hydrated and be able to feel the benefits of a water-rich diet around the clock. Other beverages will also be improved with the use of a water filter. Your morning cup of tea or coffee for example will taste even better.
The cost and convenience of having a water filter of your own unlocks further advantages, particularly when compared to buying and drinking bottled water.
Using a water filter is also much better for the environment, as there’s no need to add to the world’s plastic crisis thanks to your water filter and a good quality reusable water bottle.
Once your water filter has been installed, looking after it is easy. The only maintenance you have to do to continue enjoying delicious filtered water is to change the filter.
In this blog post, we explore the importance of changing your water filter as well as answer the all-important question of ‘how often?’.
Why change your water filter?
Like any type of filter, your water filter needs some maintenance to ensure optimum performance. Without periodic replacement, your water filter will no longer be able to attract and remove contaminants or ensure purity.
Every water filter has a capacity, and once surpassed, it will be unable to function and filter the water thoroughly.
Minerals can also build up in your water filter, leaving you to consume increased quantities. Over time, an unchanged water filter can cause the water to alter in colour, taste and odour.
When should I change the filter?
Every water filter has its own filtering capacity. Depending on the make and model of your chosen water filter, the filtering capacity can range from 1,000 to 6,000 litres, with some filters boasting an even higher filtering capacity. Once it reaches this capacity, it is time to change your filter. Check your individual water filter type for the exact capacity.
Whether you’ve opted for a carbon filter, scale removal and scale inhibition filter, or water purifier, your usage will impact how often your filter needs to be changed. Higher usage will require more frequent water filter replacement.
The quality of the water that’s passed through the filter can also dictate the frequency of your filter changes. Hard water in particular can take its toll on your water filter. Check whether you are in a hard or soft water area by viewing this water hardness map.
What signs can I look out for?
There are a variety of signs you can look out for to ensure your filters are replaced as regularly as they need to be. Here The Spruce offers their advice:
“If you detect an odor in the water, or it takes on an unpleasant taste, it’s most likely time to replace your water filter. There could also be a gradual decrease in water pressure, which signals the need for a new one. You could always use the visual indication (located on filters with clear containers) that let you know when the filter is dirty and in need of a change. Always check the manufacturer’s water usage guidelines to make sure you haven’t exceeded them.”
A slowing flow rate is another sign that water filter replacement is required. A slower flow of water may indicate a clogged filter.
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