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How to Choose the Right Cartridge Water Filters

April 27, 2022 8 min read

Once you've identified the problem with your water, you'll need to figure out what kind of cartridge water filters you'll need to fix it. When making this decision, consider the ideal flow rate and the filter cartridge size required for the job.

Cartridge water filters have the benefits of being low-cost, easy to install, and producing no wastewater.

Unfortunately, silt can block the pores of the Water Filter Cartridge membrane and cause pressure loss, which is one of the downsides of cartridge filters. There will be a loss of water pressure in the home or business due to this.

They are, however, simple to replace and, in the case of some pleated cartridges, to clean and reuse.

Cartridge filters are frequently put in series, with a bigger micron-rated cartridge filter installed first, followed by smaller micron-rated cartridge filters, down to 1 micron.

A whole house cartridge filter is used in many houses to remove sediment, improve taste and odour, and for various other purposes. It's critical to choose the right replacement cartridge and obtain a fair bargain on it. We'll go through the many types of cartridge filters, how to choose the right one, and where to find good deals on them in this blog.

AWESOME CARTRIDGE WATER FILTERS

There are different water filter cartridges, and sometimes it's overwhelming what to choose. Awesome Water Filters put together the best water filters to give you the best water quality you and your family deserve. Check out what we have to offer below:

7-Stage Water Filter Cartridge Water Filters

Our outstanding water filters are unrivalled in the industry. Most water coolers can use 7 step water filters.

If you're looking for a cost-effective way to get clean, filtered, alkaline mineral water, this is the way to go.

Benefits:

  • Makes alkaline water from tap water
  • Fluoride removal
  • Removes all heavy metals
  • Adds natural minerals
  • Removes chlorine from municipal water
  • Removes all odours and foul tastes
  • BPA FREE

Stages

  1. Felt Pads for the Primary Filter: Eliminates rust and sediment bits trapped in the faucets.
  2. Activated Carbon: Reduces chlorine, organic debris, and the foul odours and taste associated with chlorine in municipal water.
  3. Mineralised Balls: The natural minerals are generated from natural clay, replenishing the body with valuable minerals. Iron, zinc, lithium, magnesium, potassium, and iodine are examples of these minerals.
  4. Mineral Coralite Balls: Slowly releases minerals into the water, chiefly calcium.
  5. Activated Carbon: Alkaline water is produced by adding an extra finer granular layer of charcoal.
  6. Mineralised Balls: A higher quality version of level 4 above.
  7. Ceramic Plate: Final stage of filtration, and it can remove some microorganisms.

8-Stage KDF Water Filter Cartridge Water Filters

To begin, every drop of water drips through our world-renowned Awesome Water Filters 8 Stage KDF Water Filter system. Itr purifies your tap water and returns it to a clean, great-tasting, mineralised, and alkalised state. Second, our incredible water filters clean and infuse your water with natural minerals collected. In general, it's an excellent choice for household water filters or business water dispensers.

What is KDF?

The KDF process is a filtration method. In other words, the oxidation/reduction (redox) reaction can significantly reduce pollutants in water. Furthermore, they are utilised to minimise heavy metal pollution, chlorine, and hydrogen sulphide.

By converting soluble chlorine gas to water-soluble chloride ions, the KDF medium may remove over 99 per cent of free chlorine. We use it in our 8-stage water filter, shower filters, and tap cartridges.

WATER TESTING

When there is a problem with the water quality, you can see, taste, or smell it. But what's next? It's best to have your water tested to determine the underlying issue and make an informed decision.

TYPICAL WATER PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

Clogged or leaking faucets, cloudy, discoloured, or tinted water

  • Cause: Dirt, Sediment, Rust Particles
  • Solution: Whole House Water Filter System or Under Counter Filters

It has a salty taste, cloudy ice cubes, and deposits on pots and pans when boiling water.

  • Cause: Dissolved Salts
  • Solution: Reverse Osmosis

There is a musty, swampy, and chlorine taste in water and ice cubes.

  • Cause: Taste/Odour
  • Solution: Carbon Cartridges and Canister style Ice Maker/Refrigerator Filters

Soap Deposits on Plates, Clothing, and Bathtub Soap Curd

  • Cause: Hard Water
  • Solution: Water Softeners

Water Heater Tank Build-Up, Water Heater Banging

  • Cause: Scale
  • Solution: Hot Water System Protector

FILTER CARTRIDGE FOR WHOLE HOUSE SEDIMENT REMOVAL

Surface Filter (Pleated) Cartridges

Filtering with surface filters occurs exclusively on the filter membrane's surface.

Pleated and bonded sheets of polypropylene, nylon, or Teflon, for example, give a large filtration area. Trapped contaminants on the sheet's surface, generating a layer that will eventually enhance filtering.

You can remove cartridge water filters from the filter housing and wash them off as the pressure drop increases.

Surface filters can be washable, and you can reuse the cartridge.

Pleated filters are commonly employed as coarse pre-filters in the 30–500 micron range. Because of their specified pore size and structure, they allow finer and more consistent filtration. However, you can also use it in sub-micron applications.

Pleated surface filter cartridges range from 50 microns to 0.04 microns absolute and are commonly used in semiconductors and pharmaceutical water filtration.

A surface (pleated) filter will have a much larger filtration area than a depth filter to compensate for the lack of depth. In a standard 10′′ x 2.5′′ cartridge, filtration surfaces can reach 11 square feet or more.

Depth Filter Cartridges

Depth filters are typically observed as wound string, spun, or "melt-blown" cartridges that catch bigger particles while trapping smaller particles beneath the surface down to the centre core.

When filtering various particle sizes, they operate well. A depth filter cartridge removes and holds more silt in general than a surface filter cartridge without losing pressure.

pleated-sediment-filter

10-INCH CARTRIDGE WATER FILTERS FOR WHOLE-HOUSE SYSTEMS

With whole-house water filters, you'll need to replace the filter cartridge sooner or later. Luckily, if you have a standard 10-inch filter, you can choose from a wide range of filter cartridges.

Activated carbon filters and sediment filters will be the most popular. Some of them are also two-in-one filters that filter both carbon and sediment.

How Does It Work?

Activated carbon is the most prevalent filter cartridge type for whole-house water filters.

Activated carbon is a type of carbon or charcoal processed to make it very porous (with many microscopic pores), giving it a large surface area. Because the carbon has such a strong molecular link, any contaminants in the water, such as chlorine, will bind or adsorb to it.

Granulated activated carbon (GAC) and carbon block are the primary forms of activated carbon filter media. GAC filters use a type of carbon called loose form carbon, similar to sand. The same granulated carbon is used in the carbon block, but it is compressed to produce a solid sheet.

CTO filtration is done with activated carbon filters, the industry standard. The abbreviation CTO stands for chlorine, taste, and odour in the business.

Activated carbon may remove up to 99 per cent of chlorine, pesticides, VOCs, and herbicides and significantly improve the taste and odour of water.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CARTRIDGE WATER FILTERS

Choose the Right Cartridge Size

The first logical step is to get the right size filter. Most cartridge filters seem to be either 10" or 20" long and 4.5" or 2.5" in diameter. The larger the diameter and length of the filter cartridge, the more capability it has to filter before it needs to be replaced AND the greater the rapid flow rate it can tolerate. A 2.5" x 10" cartridge requires more frequent replacement and restricts flow more than a 4" x 10" or 4" x 20" filter.

Find the Right Filter Pore Size

The hole sizes in the filter fabric assess the cartridge filters. 100 microns, 75 microns, 50 microns, 1 micron, and so on. So, what size do you require? 50 to 100 microns should be enough if you're removing somewhat large particles. If you have fine silt, something in the 10-25 micron range could be a good choice. You'll want a filter with a particle size of 5 microns or smaller for applications where very clean water is required, such as when UV is used to cleanse the water. Please note that the smaller the pore size and the more sediment in the filter cartridge, the faster it will clog and need to be cleaned or replaced.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHOOSING THE BEST CARTRIDGE WATER FILTERS

How Often to Replace Water Filter Cartridge?

At least once a year, you should replace or clean your cartridge filter. If your water contains a lot of sediment, the timetable may need to be changed to once every 6 to 3 months, or even once a month! Filter cartridges that are clogged reduce water flow and pressure, indicating that your cartridge filter needs replacement.

How to Install Water Filter Cartridge?

The process of replacing the old filter is straightforward. Before and after the filter unit, turn off the water valves. Place a container under the cartridge water filter unit. Then, press the red pressure relief valve to let a small amount of water out. Now you may unscrew the filter housing with the filter wrench (clockwise when looking down on the filter from the top). Gently spin the casing off and replace the filter cartridge after it has become loose.

Clean the filter housing and replace it with a new/clean filter cartridge before gently tightening the filter housing back in place. Because filter housings use o-rings, no Teflon tape or pipe sealant is required. Make sure the o-ring is in position and clean before installation.

To evacuate the air from the filter cartridge:

  1. Switch the inlet valve to the filter cartridge and then push the red pressure-relief button.
  2. Switch on the house's last valve and let some water run through it. If you're trying to install a carbon block filter, you'll need to take one more step.
  3. Please turn on the water within the house and let it flow for 5 minutes.

Leave the water running till it clears up! Many carbon block filters will release a small amount of activated carbon, turning the water black for a short period. It is very typical.

How Long Does Water Filter Cartridge Last? 

Considering how much you use them, water filter cartridges can last one to three months. Before they wear out, most brands can withstand about a hundred gallons of clean drinking (or cooking) water. Furthermore, compact, simple-to-install filters usually contain a handy indicator that indicates when they need to be replaced.

It is up to you how long it takes you to drink a hundred gallons. A single person that works away from home for six months may have the same cartridge. The typical length of time is closer to three months. A family of four or six who homeschool and work from home, on the other hand, will consume it considerably more quickly.

When to Change Water Filter Cartridge?

A water filter cartridge's average lifespan is 6 to 12 months. Filters become less effective in filtering out impurities and chemicals in tap water when they become clogged, or cartridges are not replaced on time, rendering them worthless.

If you don't change your water filter, you risk drinking tap water that contains pollutants and chemicals, including chlorine, cryptosporidium, giardia, dust, rust, and sediments.

AWESOME WATER FILTER CARTRIDGE WATER FILTERS

Depending on the water source and usage rate, the Awesome Water filter will last long. Every six months, we recommend replacing the water filter. The replacement of your water filter cartridge guarantees that your filter continues to work properly.

The replacement ensures that the unit's ability to transform conventional tap water into high quality pure filtered alkaline mineral water remains at its peak.

Our multi-stage water filter cartridges will help you ensure that what you're drinking is only safe water. We also offer several other cartridges that will fit whatever water filter system you have installed in your home. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about cartridge water filters or browse our FAQ section.