We created this buyer’s guide to help you make the right choice when deciding the kind of filter for you home. You will find tons of information, links to other articles as well as expert industry advice.
Hard Water Problems
The first thing you may want to consider is water hardness. This is the result of high amounts of calcium and magnesium creating scale. Lime scale can cause havoc on plumbing, appliances, faucets, bathrooms and more. Most people (sources have said that around 80% of households in the US have hard water) have some degree of hard water depending where you are located in the U.S.
Homeowners are looking for the most effective way to treat hard water. By far, the most effective way to treat hard water is with our EvoClear salt free water softener. Traditional salt softeners add sodium to the water while salt free does not add harmful sodium and at the same time leaves in the good minerals we need.
The Evoclear salt free water softener also works in salt water softener banned areas. Click here to read a recent study done by Arizona State University testing different salt free technologies.
Why Go With A Salt Free Water Softener/Conditioner?
When looking to remove scale formation as a result of hard water, most people consider either installing a salt based water softener or a salt free anti-scale media solution. The salt based ion exchange process involves replacing calcium and magnesium (hard water) with sodium. Salt-Free water softener/conditioners cannot be tested for hardness because they do not remove the calcium and magnesium like traditional water softeners. If you try to test the hardness level it will read "hard" as the minerals are still present in the water. Salt free technology does not remove calcium and magnesium but simply deactivates the hardness ions eliminating their ability to "stick" and cause scale.
Traditional salt based water softeners are quickly losing favor with homeowners as most homeowners are switching to the new salt free technology. Salt based softeners add sodium to your water supply which is not healthy for drinking. It also removes good minerals we need in calcium and magnesium. Salt softeners also require constant maintenance by adding salt which becomes expensive as well as paying a monthly fee for a local dealer to maintain.
Salt softeners are also very harmful for the environment. Counties in California and across the United States are starting to ban the use of ion exchange water softeners, as it adds sodium to the local water supply, creating havoc for local farmers and water districts to try and remove it. More and more counties are following suit and soon (within the next 5-10 years) all ion exchange water softeners will probably be banned entirely.=
Anti-Scale or salt free technology, is becoming the go-to product for homeowners with hard water. It requires no salt, no maintenance, adds no harmful chemicals and leaves in the good minerals we need. It also does not cause the "sticky" or "slimy" feeling you get with salt based water softeners. There is simply no debate, salt free water softeners are the best choice.
Chlorine, Chemicals & Other Harmful Contaminants
For homeowners that are looking to remove chlorine, contaminants and chemicals that could be in the water supply as well as improve the taste and odor, the homeowner would want to go with the EvoClear whole house carbon filter. The carbon media will improve the water to bottle water quality at every tap in your home. The granulated carbon inside the large tanks is extremely effective in treating water and is the most sensible form of filtration recommended by the EPA.
Why Whole House Water Filtration?
When you think of filtering water, homeowners have a few different options. We can't stress enough the importance of whole house water filtration vs. shower filters, faucet filters, reverse osmosis (RO) systems etc.
First off, preventing limescale is only beneficial if you remove it before it enters the home. This is accomplished with the main water line that enters into the home.
Another thing to consider, even if you do not have issues with hard water, is water filtration. Only whole house filters can address the long list of contaminates like chloramine, trithalomines, VOC's, pesticides, herbicides and hundreds of other chemicals dumped into our fresh drinking water daily that is not regularly checked by the municipal water district.
In fact, most of these municipal water districts don't even know the names of some of these chemicals, let alone don’t really care about removing it.
Small faucet filters and shower filters also are prone to "channeling". That is when water makes its way through the small filters, it finds its path through the "path of least resistance". It will form these channels that greatly reduce smaller filters ability to remove chlorine and other contaminants.
While some of these filters claim a life of 4-5 months before needing a replacement, in reality after the first few weeks of use, they are essentially useless. These filters cannot compare to the "vortex" style tanks that are featured in our EvoClear systems. They are resistant to channeling by maximizing the contact time with the media for the greatest reduction in contaminants.
Finally, changing out faucet and shower filters every few months is still causing you to worry about your water. With a whole house carbon filter, your worrying is gone. While these filters are less expensive, the true cost of ownership after years of replacing filters every few months will add up to a couple hundred dollars a year. By far, the best solution is going for a whole house water filter.
For Eliminating Both Hard Water As Well As Harmful Contaminants
For homeowners that are not only concerned with the effects of hard water but with water quality as well, the EvoClear Filter/Softener Combo is the better system. It is the best of both worlds as it removes scale while leaving in good minerals and the carbon filter will effectively remove contaminants and improve the overall water taste.
The combo comes with a lifetime warranty on the tanks & valves and homeowners can expect it to last much longer with proper usage. The combo system is the overall choice system here at EvoClear and is our #1 selling system that simply cannot be beat!
What Makes Evoclear Better Than The Competition?
You will find a lot of similar designed systems on the market as well as some off the wall gimmicks. Simply put, EvoClear uses the only WQA certified anti scale salt free media.
Our carbon media is NSF certified and made by Jacobi, the leader in activated carbons. We only use coconut shell carbon as it is shown to be the best filtering media.
We also do not skimp on the small things.
For example most up flow designed systems use a cheap 45 cent upper gasket to keep the media inside the tank. Sometimes under high flow periods these gaskets brake, ruining the system. Our gaskets are close to 20 times more expensive but perform 20 times better, never breaking through.
We also offer 90 days no questions asked return policy. We dont want you to be unhappy with your system so send it back to use if you are not happy with it. We (honestly) have heard horror stories about other brands not accepting returns based on "improper installation" or "not installed by a certified plumber".
We cannot do that to our valued customers and have never NOT accepted a return. Ask other brands if they can say the same. We offer this almost unheard of return policy for the simple fact we get so few returns back to us. People simply love our systems.
Why Buy Online Vs. Buying From A Local Water Company?
We have heard some pretty out there quotes for water systems from your local water dealer. There is simply no reason to go local and pay upwards to 4,000 dollars for a water system. They have also been known to be the hardest selling salesman you can find. Skip the hassle and buy online with EvoClear. We offer the most affordable water systems you can find and is easy to install by anyone with basic plumbing experience.
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