We don’t think about it very often, but our bodies use water in countless ways. Yes, water quenches thirst, but did you realize that it also lubricates your joints, nourishes and protects your organs, keeps your body temperature normal, and plays a large role in removing waste from your body? Our bodies are primarily composed of water, and we can’t live more than a week without it. Put simply, we need H2O!
But if your water doesn’t taste or smell good or if your water contains contaminants, you might not want to drink water or might be doing your body more harm than good. By filtering your water, you can eliminate these problems and others. Here are five reasons installing a water filter can benefit you and your family!
You’ll enjoy the way your water tastes and smells.
Poor tasting and smelling water is not an uncommon issue, especially in Lafayette where hard water is the norm. A water filter can make your water taste every bit as fresh as bottled water. What does that mean? It means you can actually enjoy drinking water right out of your faucet, as well as use water in recipes without worrying about funny tastes sneaking through. For example, your lemonade will no longer taste and smell a little like eggs, and your brownies won’t have a hint of metal.
On a side note, 40% of bottled water is actually filtered tap water. There’s no reason that you can’t have great tasting water at home!
People who don’t like the way their water tastes or smells often don’t know that these issues can be fixed. As a result, people spend large sums of money on bottled water or gallons of water. Doctors recommend drinking 64 ounces of water a day, which is approximately 5.3 12-ounce bottles a day. To meet this recommendation, a family of four needs to drink 256 ounces of water a day, which is 21.2 bottles of water a day or 7,738 bottles a year. If we assume that a bottle of water costs $0.40, which is a low estimate if you’re a fan of brand names, a family of four will spend $8.48 a day on bottled water and $3,095.20 a year.
In comparison, filtering water is quite the bargain. In the United States, 1,000 gallons of water costs approximately $1.50. That’s it! That means a family of four can meet their daily water requirement for $.003072 a day or $1.12128 a year. Pretty amazing, right? That said, there are costs associated with installing and maintaining your water filtration system, and these costs vary based on the quality of your water and other needs. Installing a filtration system costs approximately $1,000, and annual maintenance will be needed. Even during the year that a family of four chooses to install a water filtration system, they could save $2,000. After the initial install, families can expect to spend a few hundred dollars a year on maintenance and supplies. To get a better idea of an estimate, please contact us!
You’ll save time.
Money is what you’ll really save by switching from bottled water to a filtration system, but you will also save time. It can be frustrating to have to run to the store when all you need is a glass of water. Plus, no matter how strong you are, carrying a heavy case of water is not a fun task. Save the trip and simply walk to your faucet!
While you might like the way that bottled water tastes, the environment isn’t a fan of the plastic left behind. Believe it or not, bottled water is the most popular beverage in the bottled beverage industry. The United States alone opens 1,500 bottles of water every second, which means the US uses approximately 47.3 billion bottles a year. Unfortunately, less than 20% of these bottles are recycled, meaning 80% or 37.8 billion of these bottles end up in landfills. By opting for a water filter, those who drink 64 ounces can eliminate almost 2,000 bottles of water a year.
You can reduce the risk of several health issues.
Tap water is generally safe to drink, but if your water isn’t filtered, significant amounts of minerals, gases, and contaminants may be sneaking into your water. For example, in proper doses, it is fine to consume chlorine, which is what many municipal governments add to water to kill bacteria. However, consuming too much chlorine can increase your risk for colon cancer, rectal cancer, heart attacks, and various other health issues.
You might think switching to bottled water will protect you from water contaminants, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Plastic bottles come with their own health problems, and regularly drinking from water bottles has been linked to learning and behavioral problems, altered immune systems, various cancers, diabetes, obesity, and fertility issues. By filtering water, you can avoid the risks that come with drinking contaminated or bottled water.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to bottled water and hello to having more-affordable, better-tasting, healthier water right out of your faucet, Brenneco’s highly skilled plumbers can help. We will perform a water test free of charge and design a plan to meet your needs. We recognize that a water filtration system is an investment, which is why financing is available. You should love the water you drink, and if you don’t, please give us a call!