Updated: April 19, 2021 by Zac Harding
In this detailed Aquasana EQ-1000 review, we’re going to take a close look at this whole house water filter system.
It is a whole house water filter, which has to be installed at the point of entry to the home, basically where the water supply enters your property. So it’s not a point of use system that would be installed in one specific location, for example under the sink to provide filtered water through the taps at that location only. The Aquasana EQ-1000 purifies all water coming into your home.
This obviously has major benefits in terms of having clean and healthy water across your entire home for every type of consumption, in addition to being a single point of installation and maintenance.
The Aquasana EQ-1000 is an approved specialist chlorine removal system, which the manufacturer states will remove at least 97% of the chlorine from your water. In addition, it can reduce other contaminants, such as lead and mercury, plus organic chemicals as well.
My Aquasana EQ-1000 Review
The first thing that needs highlighting is that the EQ-1000 has the option to buy a pro-install Kit. Additional upgrades are available, at a higher price, for example a UV sterilization Kit, but the basic pro install Kit benefits are:
- A post-filter to remove additional contaminants and organic particles
- Easier to install and maintain brass fittings
- A20 inch pre-filter, which is double the size of the standard one
- Easier filter changes through shut-off valves
For me, the pro-installation kit is a sensible upgrade if you can afford it. The longer life of the filters will cost you less money over the long term, and will also mean less maintenance. The post-filter will help to maximize the filtration process, giving even cleaner water. Also, the addition of shut-off valves and brass fittings will make the whole thing easier for you in terms of installation and maintenance.
Having said that, the Aquasana EQ-1000 can be used without the pro-install Kit, especially if you are supplied by city water, or simply put off by the increased cost of this 10-year upgrade system.
Aquasana EQ-1000: Installation
It’s perfectly possible to install the whole house water filter at the water supply’s point of entry yourself. You will need space to install the system, as it requires a space that is 44 inches long x 46 inches high x 9 inches wide.
If you can’t find a space that size, or your existing water inlet pipes are not conveniently positioned, then it’s probably best to seek professional installation.
I should tell you here that Aquasana recommends professional installation and activation of the full10 year warranty depends on this happening. This is a really important point when you are investing so much money in a system, especially if you take some of the upgrades, because finding out a couple of years down the line that your warranty is invalid could be a real big blow.
The system needs to be installed before water reaches the water heater, and as close to the main water inlet as possible. In addition, you will need to have an operating water pressure of at least 20psi for the system to work fully.
The Aquasana EQ-1000 4-Stage Filtration Process
With the addition of the pro kit, the EQ-1000 provides a four-stage filtration process:
Particles are removed from the water using a 5-micron pre-filter. Particles it removes include things like sediment and microscopic particles.
Water then passes through a tank containing a mix of crushed minerals and copper-zinc oxidation media. This part of the process removes at least 97% of chlorine and also ensures that the resulting pH is slightly alkaline. The reason for this is that alkaline water is considered to be best, and it is also an antioxidant that helps our bodies. It works like the alkaline filter that is present in many reverse osmosis filtration systems.
A carbon filter further removes chlorine and several other sorts of common contaminants.
Microscopic cysts and organic particles are then removed when passed through a 0.35-micron post filter. You should note here that this final filtration step is only available if you upgrade to the pro-kit. This is important because the basic system has a filter size of 5 microns.
Contaminants smaller than this will pass through the system unless you purchase the post-filter upgrade. This could be really important as many contaminants such as lead dust, mold, and many insecticides and bacteria are smaller than 5 microns in size.
Maintenance of the Aquasana EQ-1000 Whole House Water Filter System
Any Aquasana EQ-1000 Whole House Water Filter System review would not be complete if it only talked about purchasing options, function and installation.
If you are buying something that could last 10 years, then need to know about how difficult it will be to maintain, and also importantly how expensive.
The great news is that Aquasana water filters are not particularly expensive. On top of that, replacing the post filter every three months or so will definitely significantly improve the quality of the water in your home. They can be purchased quickly from major retailers like Amazon.
With normal use, your whole house water filter system should last 10 years or 1,000,000 gallons. Please note here that that’s based on a family of four. If you have a larger family then the lifespan will be decreased.
Basic maintenance is about monitoring the condition of the pre-filter, especially in the first year. This is because water quality varies greatly depending on where you live, and this can have either a minimal or dramatic effect on the quality and lifespan of the filter. By keeping an eye on this, you will learn about the lifespan of the filter in your home and able to anticipate a replacement schedule more easily.
A great feature about the Aquasana EQ-1000 is that it doesn’t require backflushing. Most water filter systems need rinsing or cleansing through, but the only maintenance you need to do with this system is to replace the filters regularly.
The only conclusion this Aquasana EQ-1000 Whole House Water Filter System review can make is that it’s one of the premium whole house filtration systems available on the market today.
Its additional 0.35-micron post-filter is quite simply one of the most refined you can buy in a domestic unit. This for us makes the upgrade kit something you should seriously consider.
The downside is obviously the price, which increases with the more add-ons you purchase. But as it is going to last 10 years at a minimum, it does provide overall good value for money. This is especially the case as the filters are relatively cheap to buy.
The additional potential downside is that you need a good location to position the filtration system. This could present a problem in some smaller houses.
So overall this is a top-notch domestic whole house water filter system that will give you years of high quality use, protecting your family by delivering high-quality water throughout your house, as long as you can install it and afford the initial cost.