When setting up a new water treatment system, you will need to decide whether you want a point of entry or point of use water filter system. The best choice for you will come down to the unique benefits and drawbacks of each option.
Point of Entry Drinking Water Filters
If you want to filter all the water in your home in a single step, then a point-of-entry water system is the way to go. These water filters, placed at the water main, treat all incoming water the same. Depending on the quality of water filter you buy, you can manage everything from water hardness to taste, microorganisms, and particulates.
These are the best choice if you have a lot of points of use, such as faucets. Instead of needing to buy and maintain multiple point-of-use filters, you only have only one concern. Likewise, if you don't want any bulky and aesthetically unpleasant devices on all of your sinks, then a point-of-entry water filtration system can get the job done behind the scenes.
Point of Use Drinking Water Filters
If you only care about the water coming out of a single faucet, then a point-of-use water filtration system may be the more attractive option. Though these filters just treat the water from a single tap, they are relatively inexpensive and straightforward to install. For those willing to spend extra, there is a wide variety of price points that offer varying degrees of effectiveness and specialized protection.
Point-of-use water filters require much less upfront investment in money and skilled labor. If something does go wrong, then you only have to worry about the water from the affected faucet, and removing that filter might just take a handful of minutes.
Point-of-entry drinking water filtration systems are better for treating the water in your entire home and excel with large families and those that often use many faucets throughout the day.
Point-of-use drinking water filtration systems are cheaper and more versatile, yet can offer just as much adequate protection in the right conditions.