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Comparing Point of Use and Point of Entry Water Filters

Before water makes its way to our homes it is often treated at a larger water treatment facility. These large water treatment facilities are generally located in or around big cities and have a host of water filtration systems and infrastructure that help to “clean” and distribute water before it is sent to our homes, businesses or industrial facilities. However, many people feel more comfortable with their water if they take the extra step to ensure its quality as the recent news of lead in Toronto’s water is enough to question what we once thought was healthy.

Two ways to further safeguard your water include the installation of at-home (or office) Point of Use (POU) or Point of Entry (POE) systems that ensure your drinking, bathing and cooking water is as clean as possible.

Point of Use or Point of Entry: Which do I Need?

The easiest way to think of water entering your home is considering that there are essentially two sides to the meter in which it is delivered: the side that comes from the city and the side that enters your home. The local municipality (or other source) provides the water and once it crosses that meter it is your responsibility and expense. There is not much one can do in terms of the water quality that comes from the municipality however you can control the quality of the water once it crosses into your home or office with a POE or POU system.

Point of Entry

The Point of Entry water filtration system is an option for those households who want to filter all of the water that comes into the individual supply lines where water is dispersed in your home. These systems are designed to remove bad tastes like chlorine, foul odors that stem from bacteria, as well as other contaminants BEFORE they are fed into the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, outside faucets and other water outlets. Point of Entry systems can also include water softeners and are great options for families or offices who want to improve the quality of ALL the water entering their homes or workplaces.

Point of Use

Point of Use systems are installed on individual sources of water such as a kitchen sinks, showers or bathroom sinks. Most consumers install these systems to filter water that they will be using for drinking, cooking or bathing.

Point of Use systems generally cost much less than Point of Entry, though they cover only one water location (rather than the whole home) and typically require more frequent filter replacements than Point of Entry systems.

The Advantage of Installing POE and POU Systems

Residents of Toronto are all too aware of the risks that municipal water can have on their health. Even though cities like Toronto intend to provide the healthiest drinking water possible, often times the pipes leading to homes and places of work can contain lead or other pollutants that make their way into our bodies.

A POE system such as those provided by Filter Butler will help prevent homes from chemicals and contaminants at the source. POE systems can also be used in combination with a POU system such as an under sink water filter as this is a good option for homeowners who want to ensure any potential contaminants are removed from internal pipes as they make their way to sinks. POU can also be used in isolation and are the more economical of the two however are limited to one water outlet.

For maximum protection, many people will install both a POE system (such as a Whole House Water Filter) along with a PEU system (such as an Under Sink Water Filter). To see how these products combine to protect your water, use the Filter Butler Customizer tool.

An investment in a POE or POU system is an investment in your health and should not be overlooked. Contact Filter Butler today to learn about our rental and purchasing options for all or your filtration needs.


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