Refrigerators became common household appliances in the 1940’s, although the Frigidaire Company started mass producing fridges in 1918. Since then there have been many advances in technology and today’s fridges bear no resemblance to the early models, the major changes are the computer controlled cooling system which is more accurate and efficient, and for most people the most useful feature is the built in filtered cold water and ice dispensers.
Improved drinking water in the home has many benefits, the fridge water dispenser gives a constant supply of chilled great tasting water, free from nasty odors and tastes which have been removed by the carbon water filter, these are the major benefits of filters for fridges.
Water that is filtered in the home has several advantages over bottled water solutions. The in-house systems available are able to produce cleaner water much more efficiently and for less expense. After the initial installation of a water system, the cost to use an in-house system will be the same as drinking unfiltered tap water. A homes tap water is simply pushed through the filters and does not require additional energy for purification. This provides environmental advantages because bottled water will have to be packaged and shipped to the end-users location. This unnecessary packaging and shipping, which increases the cost per gallon used, can be eliminated entirely in the home with filters for fridges.
In-line refrigerator filters are a simple option for water filtration. These filters will be installed into the water line that supplies the refrigerators drinking water and ice maker. They are designed to be easy to install and will only require bi-annual filter replacement to maintain quality drinking water in the home. An in-line filter can remove 99% of pollutants such as heavy metals, bacteria, lead, chlorine, sediment, and rust. Different filtration systems will have different specifications based on national certification standards. These standards determine the classification for how well each unit is expected to perform under specific conditions.
A consumer water filtration system is ranked by the National Sanitation Foundation and given a rating based on the performance of that product. The common ratings for water filters are NSF 42, 53, and 58. To receive one of these rankings, a product must reduce the concentration of contaminated substances to levels determined as acceptable for each classification. The greater the classification number, the greater the purification that can be achieved and the more harmful the pollutants are that are targeted. This rating system allows the consumer to select a water filter based on the quality of the tap water being used in their home.
A final consideration when searching for the best filter option is whether or not the homeowner should continue to use the original filter associated with their refrigerator or decides to go with a compatible filter. This will depend on the age of the refrigerator as well as the quality and NSF classification of the original. If a compatible filter can provide better drinking water than the original unit, then the alterative option should be taken. As technologies improve, the performance of filters will also improve. Brand loyalty should be considered second to the quality of the water provided.
Clean drinking water is important for the overall health of the inhabitants of a home. Efforts should be taken to efficiently and effectively address this concern, and filters for fridges provide these benefits.