The In-Depth Guide of Alkaline Filtration Systems
Water filtered by alkaline filtration systems comes with a host of health benefits that tap water may not always be able to supply. Here is an explainer of what an alkaline filtration system, how it works, and how to find the best system for your needs.
What is an alkaline filtration system?
Put simply, an alkaline filtration system is a system or machine that transforms tap water to alkaline water. The alkalinity of water is measured by its pH, or potential of hydrogen. The pH range is from 0-14, 7 being neutral. Water with higher pH is alkaline, water with lower pH is acid. Our body needs more alkaline than acidic water, or else it will ‘corrode’. Just imagine what soda, which normally has a pH level of 3, does to you when you drink it especially on an empty stomach. It gives a burning sensation. Alkaline water is considered healthier.
How do they work?
An alkaline water filtration machine is attached to your tap. The filtration system usually involves two steps: First, impurities are removed from your tap water using an activated carbon filter. Second, the pH balance in the water is changed or restored through a process called water electrolysis. This process splits the hydrogen ions and minerals in the water.
Some alkaline water filtration systems have several options for electrolysis, which then produces either alkaline water or acidic water. Alkaline water is best for drinking, acidic water can be used for cleaning or disinfecting food, like fruits and vegetables.
What are the components?
An alkaline filtration system usually consists of either a single or dual filter system, the filter mechanism, which could either be solid plates or mesh, and the electrolysis system, which separates the hydrogen ions and minerals in water and restores the pH balance.
How to spot a good/bad alkaline filtration system?
This is a tricky question to answer, and many consumers have ended up with thousands of dollars down the drain by buying ineffective filtration systems.
To spot a good alkaline filtration system, check for a credible brand. A credible brand is one that healthcare institutions would also use, or those that cater to sensitive populations such as schools for young children. Check for the brand’s years of service, and the accreditation with certification bodies.
A good filtration system also has reliable technology. Many people choose dual filter system using solid plates as these are meant to filter more impurities from tap water. There are also filtration systems that offer several filtering modes, so that the water produced can go the entire range of alkalinity and acidity and can, therefore, be used for a variety of purposes, from drinking to cleaning.
What are the types of alkaline filtration system available?
There are four types of alkaline filtration systems available:
- Countertop systems. These systems can installed directly to the tap and can fit in most countertops.
- Under the sink systems. This type of filtration system is installed under the sink cabinet
- Hot and cold filter and dispenser. These can be used in both homes and establishments such as offices, schools and hospitals. Aside from filtering and alkalizing the water, this system also serves as a dispenser, so people can enjoy hot and cold clean water anytime.
- Pitcher type. This is a pitcher with alkalizer and filter installed, and can hold up to 4 gallons of water. It is a portable system, but the downside is you have to keep filling it up. This type of filtration system does not have adjustable ORP levels, which means they cannot produce different levels alkalinity.
Which alkaline system is right for you?
The answer depends on how many people are consuming the water, is it for home use or commercial establishment? How clean is the water from the tap? Most people would choose the hot and cold-water dispenser type, with adjustable ORP, so they can use a variety of alkaline water for their daily needs. As long as you purchase your alkaline filtration system from a trusted supplier, then you can have the assurance that the filtration system will work and you will enjoy clean and safe drinking water every day.