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Choosing The Correct Water Filter
Assuming that you have, or will be getting, a standard canister system. These systems are the most versatile, in that there is the widest choice of cartridges available. Below is a list of the range of products available, and when and where each would be best used. These comments also apply to other types of filtration systems, although the range of choices available for them is more limited.
Understanding the Terminology
Microns - Sediment filters are rated by the size of particles they remove, in microns. One micron is one one-thousandth of a millimeter. Most micron ratings are "nominal", meaning approximate. If the micron rating is "absolute" it is exact.
Recommendations for Choosing Filter Cartridges
Selecting the best cartridge(s) for your filter system depends on your needs, desires, lifestyle, and budget.
A single canister system is useful for catching sediment and even some taste and odor problems as well.
A dual canister system allows a higher level of taste & odor that can also reduce chemicals, pesticides, lead and heavy metals, and even cysts, giardia and cryptosporidium.
If minerals and scale buildup are your concern, you could incorporate an RV_PH cartridge in the third canister after selecting the cartridges for the first and second canisters from the above recommendations for Two-Canister Systems.
Submitted by Mike Sundberg - 3/15/06
Some source material from RV Water Filter Store – www.rvwaterfilterstore.com
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