Does your water leave a thin layer of film and grim on your bathtub? Does your water have too much chlorine, leading to a foul odor and taste? If so, you may want to install a water treatment system in your home. A water treatment system can rid incoming water of all of the hard minerals that generate those layers of film and dirt. It can also filter out chlorine and make your water cleaner and better tasting. Water treatment systems come in two varieties: point-of-entry and point-of-use. Each has their own benefits, so it's important to consider both before you make a selection.
A point-of-entry system filters all the water that enters your home. It's usually located in your basement, laundry room, or some other area of the house where the municipal water pipes connect with your home. A water softener is the best example of a point-of-entry system. All water that comes into the home goes through the waters softener, where hard minerals are removed. Water is then distributed from the water softener to various faucets and showers throughout the home.
The benefit of a point-of-entry system is that all of your water is treated before it gets to its final destination. Of course, point-of-entry systems are generally much more expensive than point-of-use systems. The key is to determine whether or not your issue affects every area of your home. Foul taste may be an issue with kitchen and bathroom sinks, but may not matter that much for showers, bathtubs, and washing machines. Use a point-of-entry when the issue is a problem in all of your water uses.
A point-of-use system is one that is only implemented on a specific area within the home. Water isn't treated when it enters the home, but it is treated at that specific usage point. A great example is a water filter that hooks onto the end of a faucet. This is a great solution when taste or odor is a major problem. The water moves through your home's pipes and then goes through the treatment system before it comes out of the faucet. That treatment system removes chlorine, dirt, and other poor tasting elements.
The benefit to a point-of-use system is that you can target specific problem areas in a cost-effective manner. However, if you need multiple systems on multiple faucets, the costs can start to add up. After a certain number of point-of-use systems, you may be better off just getting a whole-home point-of-entry system. You'll have to make that decision based on your own budget and needs.
Visit a store, such as Specialty Pump & Well, that sells water treatment systems. The knowledgeable staff there can help you find the system that works best for you.