Updated: April 8, 2021 by Zac Harding
So, you’ve decided to get a whole house water filter for your home — good choice!
Filtered water ensures that the water supplied to your house is as safe as possible for use, whether that be cleaning, cooking, laundry, personal hygiene, or whatever else you may use it for.
However, you may have heard that a whole house water filter can have a negative impact on the water pressure within your home.
Understandably, you are concerned about this, but every time you search the internet for answers, you wind up reading lots of information that tells you different things.
That’s where we come in. In this article, we want to take the time to explain what a whole house water filter does, and what effect (if any) it can have on the water pressure within your home.
If you currently have a whole house water filter system and are struggling with the slow trickle in your taps, or if you are considering getting one installed and worried about the impact it may have, then this is the article for you!
What Is the Deal With a Whole House Water Filter?
A whole house filter is a filter system that allows the water supply that flows into your house to get passed through a filter first, before it comes out the other end, so to speak. By this we mean, the water gets filtered before it comes out of your faucet.
The purpose of this system is to tackle any contaminants that threaten your water supply. This means that you will be able to drink it safely, too. This is because it will keep your water chlorine-free.
There are also options to add additional drinking filters especially for faucets that will be used for drinking water.
Depending on what the needs of your particular water supply are, you can get a water filter system to do whatever you need it to. For example, some water filter systems may be used to reduce hardness in water (they do this by taking out the calcium and magnesium ions and replacing them with sodium or potassium).
Another example of what a water filtration system can be used for is to remove sediment from your water supply or to reduce chlorine if that is an issue for you. Whatever problem is ailing you and your particular water supply there will be a filtration system that can fix it.
Do I Even Need a Whole House Water Filter?
There are many different reasons why someone may need a whole house filter. As we mentioned in the section before this, whole house filters can be used for anything from chlorine removal to helping to remove hardness from your water supply.
It can even be used to remove sediment, making it safe to use and drink.
You should definitely consider getting a whole house water filtration system if your water supply comes from a well, or even from the city supply. This will ensure that your water is disinfected, free of harmful contaminants, will not taste like chlorine, and above all, will be totally safe to use.
You should also invest in a whole house water filtration system if you have a water supply that is particularly hard.
You will be amazed at just how many benefits the filtration system will yield, from better lathers when you are washing, doing dishes, and laundering, and to a better tasting glass of water in the morning.
If any of these water-related problems apply to you, then yes, we think that you may indeed need to consider a whole house water filter.
Does a Whole House Water Filter Reduce Water Pressure?
Now that you know exactly what a water filter system does, and who may need one, you likely have questions over whether it will affect your water pressure? I mean, surely with all the good that a water filter system can do, low water pressure is the least of our worries? Well… not quite!
Low pressure presents a whole other load of issues and can be a hindrance on aspects of the daily life of a household or business.
The truth of the matter is, whole house water filter systems can reduce water pressure. This is especially true of homes that already have particularly low water pressure.
What this means is that water will flow from your faucets, shower, dishwashers, and any other appliances that use water, very slowly.
This becomes even more of an issue when numerous appliances are being used at the same time. For example, a typical household may have the laundry in the washing machine, a dishwasher running, someone taking a shower, and someone cooking dinner all at the same time. In a home with good water pressure, there will be no issues, and all activities will go on as normal.
However, if your house has low water pressure then all of these activities being done at the same time will be very difficult. The shower may start trickling out the water or even stopping completely.
You may find that your kitchen faucets will not allow any water to come out, and your appliances using water may stop. Add in a whole house filtration system to the mix and it becomes even more difficult.
However, you should not let that put you off. Whilst whole house water filters do reduce water pressure, especially in houses that already have this problem, there are things that can be put in place to mitigate it, and even keep it from happening.
One of the ways you can help stop your whole house water filtration system from reducing the water pressure in your home is by getting the person installing your system to also install a water booster pump. This can help to ensure water remains fast flowing.
It is also worth seeking out other avenues for filtration if you already have low water pressure, as installing a whole house system could make matters worse. In this case, it may be worth just getting a drinking water filter, or water softener tank, depending on your need.
To answer the question posed in the title of this article, we want to let you know that a whole house water filter can reduce your water pressure in your home.
However, you should not let that put you off having clean fresh water as there are things that can be put in place to prevent this such as a water booster pump, or alternative solutions.
We hope this article has proved useful, and we thank you for reading it!