Chlorine in drinking water can cause water to smell or taste like chlorine and can cause drying of your skin as well as unmanageable hair. Drinking water is considered safe as long as the chlorine/chloramine levels do not exceed 4 milligrams per liter. While this may seem alarming, the good news is that this doesn’t necessarily mean that your home’s water is contaminated. Below this level, there are no known harmful health effects. When either of these two chemicals is found in large doses, it can become harmful.
How to Remove Chlorine and Chloramine from Water
The levels of chlorine and chloramine in your home should be safe for consumption but more and more people are turning to water filtration systems to filter out these unwanted chemicals. Many issues with chlorine or chloramines can be eliminated by installing a whole house carbon filtration system. However, each substance requires a slightly different filter.
- Standard Activated Carbon can effectively filter out chlorine with either coconut shell or coal-based filters.
- Catalytic Carbon Beds are effective at filtering out chloramine. However, catalytic carbon will only remove chloramine for a year or more before it needs to be replaced.
- Kinetico offers a new carbon filtration media called Hollow-Core Carbons (HCCs) that allows for 10 times the active filtration sites on each carbon particle. This results in a much higher filtration capacity, which provides a dramatic increase in the life of the media bed. Tests have shown that HCC filters effectively remove chloramine for up to four years depending on the variables.