HOW TO CHOOSE A WATER PURIFIER
YOU SHOULD HAVE THE BEST VERSION OF WHAT YOU OWN
Searching for a water purifier? Don’t run after the mass-choice and purchase a purifier without proper analysis. A proper research, comparison and know-how is must before selecting a water purifier. After all, it is directly linked with your health and life. You cannot risk it. Can you?
This can be easily explained as– when you go to purchase edible oil for your home, you do not go and just pick up the oil which is right there in front of your eyes. You see the name of the brand, the price, the ingredients, the expiry date, health effects etc. Well, when we look into all these parameters for things like food, clothes, accessories etc. then a WATER PURIFIER is all for your good life. Never choose it easily but select it wisely.
When you go to a brick and mortar store or an online platform to purchase a water purifier there are various things you should keep in mind –
1. FINDING THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR WATER
One cannot use the same water purifier everywhere and for every type of water. The quality of the water is the major checkpoint to select the most suitable water purifier for your home.
The drinking water is considered fit if it has a certain level of TDS (TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS) in it. TDS is actually the amount of inorganic salts (nitrates, chlorides, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium etc.), metals and minerals present in the water. It is usually said, the lower the TDS the better it is. But, it should not fall below a specified limit because a too low TDS shows that the water has no minerals or lacks important minerals required for humans.
Checking this quality is a tough task because one cannot easily get to know that unless you take the water sample for testing. But, this sample testing is done only by a small proportion of the population. The best way is to know the source from where the water is coming. Usually it comes from MUNICIPALITIES or BOREWELLS.
Usually, in the urban and metro cities, the water is supplied by the municipalities.
The water supplied by the municipalities is already treated and then sourced to our homes. This water does not require the RO systems. But, what we usually see is that maximum households have RO water purifiers which are actually not the right fit. Just because of a mere public gimmick, everyone starts running towards the product without even realising the necessity for it in their homes. Without thinking that whether it will actually serve the purpose for which they are buying the purifiers.
In a nutshell, find the right purifier for the water you get.
The other important criterion in selecting a water purifier is to find out whether it is actually dispensing healthy water. Most water purifiers these days are RO water purifiers which effectively means that the water from them is devoid of any essential minerals. This also makes the water acidic for consumption.
It is wise and only healthy to choose water purifiers which (even after employing the RO filtration system) resupplies the water with essential minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. This makes the water mild-alkaline in nature and thus a great source of wellness.
2. CERTIFIED OR NOT
The second most important thing is to check the credibility of the brand of purifier you are purchasing. The credibility and genuineness can be checked if the companies are certified by Nationally Accredited Organisations which are responsible for checking and certifying the water purifier companies.
Usually to assure the customer, that the purifier works the same way as the manufacturer guarantees, the purifier shall be certified by organisations like NSF (NATIONAL SANITATION FOUNDATION) and WQA (WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION) gold seal product certification program.
When we do not buy gold without a HALLMARK, How can we afford to buy a health saver without legal certifications?
3.KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR DAILY CONSUMPTON OF WATER
Before purchasing a water purifier you must think on various perspectives like-
- The average daily consumption of water.
- Will you use the purified water only for drinking purpose or for other kitchen works also?
After analysing this you can come to a decision about how much storage capacity you need in your purifier and thus think upon the next point.
4. IS YOUR PURIFIER A GOOD STORE HOUSE OF WATER?
The purifier that you purchase must not only have the storage capacity to store a day’s water but it should have some reserve capacity too. This is because, there may be situations when there are long hours of power cut or problem in water supply due to some reasons (though, nowadays it is minimum. But, we should still look into all the possibilities of problems which may arise). To avoid drinking water problem in the aforesaid situations one must check the storage capacity of the purifier too.
5. THE LOOK MATTERS A LOT!
You cannot compromise with the look and design of the product (purifier) you are purchasing. Once you are done with the major decisions mentioned above, you definitely have to look into the design factor of the purifier. It shall blend nicely with your interiors.
Moreover, it is just not about the look; the body of the purifier should be strong enough as we purchase these for longer tenure. It should be strong and durable which makes it last for at least several years.
6. PRICE- AFTER ALL YOU ARE PAYING IT FOR YOUR HEALTH (BUT, IT SHOULD BE WISELY PAID)
Indian households are the best when it comes to researching for prices and then selecting the best source to purchase the product from. Well, this is something which is absolutely our best characteristic.
Even if the product is of utmost priority to you, one cannot make an impulsive purchase and pay a hefty amount for the same. You are paying the sum from your hard-earned money. So, one has to be careful before buying. Check on various online shopping apps and on various show rooms; then compare and select the price for yourself.
Be sure that you don’t get looted or cheated for the same. When you pay for the best, keep in mind to pay it wisely too. Comparing and tallying is the best way for doing so.
7. MAINTENANCE AND AFTER SALES SERVICES
While purchasing the product make sure about the time it will take to install the purifier, installation charges (if any), maintenance services, maintenance charges and if any kind of after sales service is required then will it be provided by the company or not?
This is so because, once you buy a product and you face some problem in the working of the same and the company delays in after services then it becomes a headache for the customers only.
To avoid chaos later, clear everything prior. It is better that you take something in written that contain all the details and the points of contact if you face any problem in the purifier after the purchase.
Now, when you go to buy a purifier for your home, please be careful that it is not just a mere purifier you are purchasing. Simultaneously and impliedly you are buying the health of your family. Think, research and then purchase.