There are many communities where tap water contains a variety of dangerous contaminants, including elevated levels of minerals, hormones, and even lead. A whole house filtration system can be a solution to this problem, but how much does one cost? Find out if you can afford one and what factors affect its price.
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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Whole House Water Filtration System?
Cost is always the first question that people will ask when they are initially investigating the idea of a whole-house water filtration system. The average system can range anywhere between $400 and $10,000, depending on some of the features of your home. Obviously, that is a huge range to consider. Systems that run close to $10,000 are extremely complex and they are usually only necessary in well-water homes with extremely poor-quality water.
Most homes will run somewhere closer to an average of $2,000 for a whole house water filtration system. Let’s talk about some of the factors that could skew the cost of your system up or down. A better understanding of these variables, as they relate to your home, will help you get a better idea of where you will land in the average cost range.
Factors that will impact the cost of your system:
- The type of water filter. The price of your system will depend on if you need a carbon filter (reduces the taste of chlorine), a water softener (for those with hard water), or a reverse osmosis system (for iron and nitrate). A whole house reverse osmosis system is often the most expensive option (usually $3,000 and up) depending on its complexity.
- The plumbing set-up in your home. In some cases, a plumber may need to add or modify the plumbing system that is currently in your home. The cost to add plumbing will vary depending on the home, but it often adds around $1,000 to $2,000 to the project. The best case scenario is that your home’s plumbing doesn’t require changes.
- The size and layout of your home. Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may need a certain type of system to match the water flow rate and the piping that is necessary for your situation.
- The cost of the installation and plumbing services. Every plumber charges at different rates. Whatever you do, always ensure that your plumber is licensed and insured to carry out the work needed inside your home. Be sure to get upfront pricing in writing before any work is performed to get a better idea of your total costs.
Is a Whole House Water Filter Right For Me?
Here’s a quick look at some of the situations where a whole house water filter is most likely going to be right for you:
- Your water has tested positive for contaminants. If your water is contaminated with chlorine, ammonia or lead, it’s definitely a good idea to get a whole house water system in place. These are dangerous elements that can do harm to your body over time.
- You have well water. Well water is undrinkable without a filtration system in place. There are many unknown minerals in well water that need to be filtered out before you can drink it.
- You live in an area with questionable water quality. If you live in a community that has a history of providing poor-quality water, a whole house water filtration system will give you peace of mind. It’s always best to play it safe if you are not comfortable with the previous standards of the public water that comes through your pipes.
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A whole house water filtration system can serve many different purposes with many diverse system set-ups available for you to select. Once you know exactly why you need a whole house water filtration for your home, you can better narrow down your system options and how it can be hooked up to the plumbing in your home. By doing so, you will also be able to come up with an estimated cost. When all is said and done, you will come away with safe drinking water that you can count on in your home.