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Whole-Home vs Tap Filters: Stop Pouring Money Down the Drain!

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Are you wasting time and money on water filters?

While most Australians have access to safe, drinkable water, one taste of the stuff coming out of your tap is proof that “drinkable” is a lower bar than you might expect. Treatment chemicals like chlorine are a vital part of neutralising waterborne pathogens and bacteria, but they can also have a severe impact on the flavour and odour of your tap water.

So, the solution is simple, right? Just get a filtered water jug and fill it up a few times a day – or even better, plug a full countertop filter into your kitchen tap so you can enjoy filtered water whenever you want to! That way you’ll get all the benefits of disinfected water without having to deal with the chemical drawbacks.

Or at least, that would solve the problem if we only ever used water for drinking. Unfortunately, keeping chlorine and other chemicals out of our bodies takes more than just a single tap filter. You’d need one on every tap in your home – not to mention your shower, your washing machine, your hot water system, and more. And that’s just chlorine – filter jugs aren’t doing anything about limescale and hard water damage, or chemicals like chloramine that slip through ordinary carbon filters.

While a filter jug or tap might improve the quality of water from a single source, a whole-home filtration system brings even greater improvements to every tap in your house. Filtering your drinking water is a good start, but in this blog, we’ll look at the ways a Complete Home Filtration system provides better quality, better value, and better water.

Whole Home Filtration, Whole Body Care

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Did you know your skin absorbs the same amount of chlorine from a 10-minute shower that you’d get from drinking six glasses of unfiltered water? Chlorine gets absorbed into both our skin and our hair, dehydrating cells and stripping away natural oils. Those oils give our hair its natural lustre and volume, so showering in chlorine can lead to more split ends, limpness, dryness, and even increased chances of hair loss. The same oils keep our skin hydrated and protect it from damage, so stripping them away increases dryness and signs of premature aging.

These issues can be exacerbated by hard water (water with above-average levels of dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium salts). While the minerals aren’t irritating or harmful themselves, they can interfere with the other chemicals we use in the shower – soaps and skincare/haircare products. Hard water doesn’t lather well, so we have to use larger amounts of these products to get the results we’re looking for. Add on the rehydrating treatments that are needed to counteract the effects of chlorine, and you’re rubbing quite a lot of chemicals into your skin and hair. Hard water also doesn’t rinse the chemicals off as effectively, so you’re both using greater amounts and leaving more residual chemicals on your skin and hair after you dry off.

Chlorine can also be a cause of irritation in our skin, eyes, and lungs, especially in hot showers when we’re breathing in a lot of steam and evaporated VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Showering in softened, filtered water can be a truly transformative quality-of-life improvement, keeping your body looking and feeling fresher and saving you money on shampoo bottles.

Our bodies get more benefits from filtered water, whether we’re absorbing it in the shower or just drinking it regularly. If your water has chemicals or impurities in it, your kidneys will need to put extra work in to filter out anything that isn’t pure water. This internal filtration process converts some of the water we drink into waste, so the more chemicals and contaminants you have in your water, the more your kidneys will use up and then expel as waste rather than sending it around your body to keep your cells and organs hydrated. The old adage of “if you don’t have a filter, you are the filter” may be a cliche, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Filtering your water before it reaches your body means you’ll get more hydration from every drop.

Saving Money, Saving the Planet

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Whole-home water filtration systems are not a small investment. When it comes to upfront costs, the filter jugs and single-tap filters have an undeniable edge. However, when you look at water-related expenses that build up over time, a Complete Home Filtration system doesn’t take long to completely pay for itself.

The most obvious savings come from eliminating the cost of bottled water from your life. Studies have found that the average Australian spends over $500 per year on bottled water – that’s every year for their entire adult life. By installing a reliable source of bottled-quality water in your home, you can reduce that expense to zero.

All those plastic bottles also account for a significant amount of plastic pollution in our environment and waterways. Despite using recyclable plastics and introducing systems like the 10c refund scheme, studies have shown that only a third of Australia’s plastic bottles actually get recycled. Removing these plastic bottles from your life means you’re doing your part to reduce plastic pollution, and Complete Home Filtration lets you cut the plastic without sacrificing the deliciously pure water.

Of course, water isn’t the only thing that comes in plastic bottles. The haircare/skincare products mentioned above typically come in plastic containers, many of which end up in landfill. Because filtered, softened water makes these products work more effectively in smaller doses, each bottle will last longer and you won’t have to buy as many refills. The same applies to other cleaning products and chemicals around the house; softer water makes every drop of detergent go further, and using smaller quantities means reducing your home’s contributions to both plastic pollution and chemical run-off contaminating our water basin.

A more subtle source of savings comes in the form of scale reduction and hard water protection. Many a kettle or coffee machine has met a premature end because of calcium clogging or limescale damage. Any water-using appliance that has a heating element is particularly vulnerable to hard water damage, as the scale forms more rapidly on hot surfaces. This also applies to your home’s hot water system, with limescale clogging up elements and reducing the heater’s power efficiency. Having better water in your pipes and appliances will mean fewer expensive replacements and plumber visits.

Comprehensive Convenience & Quality

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There are plenty of rational, financial, and logistical reasons why investing in a Complete Home Filtration system is an excellent idea, but better water isn’t just about something looking good on paper. Filtering and softening your water with a single all-in-one solution makes a lasting difference to your quality of life in dozens of small ways, from giving you softer hair and smoother skin to cutting down the amount of time you have to spend cleaning or shopping for appliances.

Rather than keeping track of a dozen different individual filter systems and their respective cartridge replacement cycles, a whole-home water filter gives you all the same benefits with only one set of filters to replace. Complete Home Filtration makes this process even easier with options like DIY and technician-assisted filter changes and a subscription system to help you pay off your next set of filters over time.

A premium filtration system gives you unrivalled peace of mind, letting you know exactly what’s in your water and control what’s going into your body. While individual jugs, taps, or even fridge filters can improve the taste and smell of your drinking water by filtering down to 5-10 microns, Complete Home Filtration has multiple cartridges that filter down to a single micron – that’s seventy times smaller than the width of a human hair! These high-performance filters let our systems remove 98.5% of chlorine and by-products like trihalomethanes.

Complete Home Filtration also provides tailored solutions to address your water’s unique qualities and characteristics. With fully customisable systems, our technicians can provide answers to concerns about chloramine, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and more. We provide free water tests and in-home consultations so we can get to know your water and help you make an informed decision about whole-home filtration.

What’s Not to Love?

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Complete Home Filtration saves time, money, and effort. It keeps your skin and hair feeling and looking great, and it cuts down your home’s environmental impact – all without you having to do anything! Why waste money on individual filters just to get limited benefits that are counteracted by the rest of the water in your home? Once you’ve experienced the convenience and quality of better water from every tap in your home, you’ll never want to go back.

Of course, if you are just going to focus on filtering one source of water, the best way to get value out of your system is to make it a reverse osmosis water purifier that will give you the best water possible. RO systems filter down to 0.0005 microns, providing better-than-bottled-quality water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. It may not be as comprehensive and all-encompassing, but the quality of the water is undeniable.

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