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Reverse Os-what? – The reverse osmosis system and its benefits

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February 12, 2021

Key Takeaways

  • Reverse osmosis is the process of reducing harmful chemicals, bacteria and impurities from your water supply to provide you with crisp, clean water
  • The healthy choice for people with weak immune systems and anyone who wants to reduce the sodium consumption
  • Energy efficient due to a system that uses no extra pumps to process the water
  • Environmentally friendly – no more need to buy bottled water and the plastic problem it generates

So… You happen to be chatting to your neighbor or friendly, HVAC technician about getting cleaner water at home. They suggest a reverse osmosis system and you nod your head with that poker face of understanding when you really don’t know what the heck they are talking about. Well before you jump on to Google to start yet another research session, we’ve got you covered with what a reverse osmosis system is and the benefits to your health and the environment.

How does it work?

Reverse osmosis works by passing water through a pre-filter, to remove sediment and chlorine, then through a semipermeable membrane with very small holes to push certain molecules out and keep others in, before a final “polishing” filter to provide the cleanest and purest water possible to your faucet. This results in eliminating almost all salt and 99% of bacteria and pyrogenic substances from your water. 

Ok, so that is the technical side, but in a nutshell, it is a high quality water filtration process that reduces the impurities from your water, providing you clean and refreshing drinking water right from your tap (Who wouldn’t want that?).

So what are the benefits?

Better tasting, smelling, and looking water

Because reverse osmosis takes out certain bacteria and chemicals, it makes the water taste fresher, smell cleaner and is crystal clear. Say goodbye to foggy ice cubes! 

Further to that, the impurities in your home’s water are going to affect the taste of the food you cook. When you think about it, the water you cook with, often ends up in your food. When you boil pasta, make soups, or bake homemade bread, pure water can make a huge difference in the way it smells and tastes. If you’re using municipal tap water for cooking, there’s a good chance you have too much chlorine in it. That will not only cause food to taste odd, it discolors it as well. And if you are a coffee or tea drinker, you’ll also find that it tastes better with reverse osmosis water.

Related Article: Four Reasons your Water Smells Bad

Good for your health

Among the other impurities that a reverse osmosis system cleans out are bacteria and other types of microorganisms. People who can be susceptible to infection due to a compromised immune system, can consume reverse osmosis water during and after cancer treatment, reports Medline Plus. 

It’s not just the most vulnerable members of the population who can benefit, however. According to the CDC, reverse osmosis water filters out lead and cryptosporidium, a parasite found in contaminated water. Lead has incredibly damaging effects on the human body. Cryptosporidium parasites can lead to fever, cramps, and diarrhea.

Lastly, RO filters remove sodium from the water. As you are probably aware, there is plenty of sodium in the foods we eat, especially for anyone who ever eats processed food or fast food. The process of reverse osmosis removes sodium molecules from water, reports the CDC. Large sodium molecules cannot pass through the membranes of the reverse osmosis filtering system. Drinking reverse osmosis water therefore provides benefits to people with high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease or any sodium restrictions.

Energy efficient and environmentally friendly

The high-pressure process by which purification takes place removes some very detrimental pollutants that could harm the body. This is all done through a system that is inline to your water supply, so there are no extra pumps that will cause excess energy to be wasted. The reverse osmosis filtration system doesn’t use any chemicals for purification, so it doesn’t compromise the environment at all. In addition, a reverse osmosis system uses substantially less energy than other ways to filter water, so this is a smart choice from an environmental perspective.

So many of us are guilty of having bought bottled water. Even though we know how bad this practice is for the planet, sometimes the convenience outweighs that consideration. However, those plastic bottles create a lot of waste as they all too often go unrecycled and end up in landfills. Plus, the bottom line is much of that bottled water isn’t as pure as you think. It’s just filtered tap water. A reverse osmosis system produces bottled water quality hydration in the comfort of your kitchen.

Maintenance & Cleaning

It is also very easy to keep clean. Unlike some filters that can get messy and elaborate, all that needs to be done to clean the system is to take the filter off, rinse it, then put it back. When you need to replace the filter, it is just as easy with no special tools or messy clean-up.

 

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If you’d like to learn more about having cleaner water through a Reverse Osmosis system, feel free to contact us at (1-866-438-5442) and one of our specialists will get back to you as soon as possible.