Why is it that the replacement water filter cartridge cost is never really mentioned when you initially buy a filtration system? Because they probably don’t want you to know how much they cost! Here’s a few tips that’ll save you some good money each year. When most people browse around for a water filtration system, they often look for an inexpensive system- something they can pay a few bucks for TODAY and bring home to use. Some go to their local department store, while others look online.
But I’m writing this article to inform you that it’s not always a good idea to buy the cheapest filtration system available (at least the cheapest one, initially). And here’s why…Let’s take Brita pitcher filters for example. They are one of the cheapest units available on the market, which explains why they are the most popular. There’s just something about a low price tags that gets everyone’s attention for some reason 🙂
Anyways, these pitcher filters are by far one of the cheapest systems to get, costing around $25. But what most people don’t realize is that each replacement water filter cartridge needs to be replaced 2-3 times a month! And at $20 for a 3-pack of filters, you’re talking paying over $240 a year plus the initial $25 it cost to get the pitcher in the first place (and these type of filters are the least effective kind!)
The point I’m trying to make is this: In order to better see how much a water filter costs filtration system is going to cost, you HAVE TO factor in the costs of each replacement water filter cartridge.An great way to find an accurate measurement of overall cost is figuring out how much it costs to filter a gallon of water. So with the water pitcher example, each replacement water filter cartridge costs about $7.50 and it filters 30 gallons of water. So along with the $25 it costs to get the system, you have to pay 25 cents for every gallon of water that’s filtered.
But let me just give you an idea as to how cheap it can really be to own a home filtration system. I bought a quality home filtration system that removes over 99% of most contaminants in tap water for $100. The filter it comes with lasts for 6 months (filters 500 gallons), and each replacement water filter cartridge costs $50. So by spending $100 a year to filter 1000 gallons of water, it only costs me about 10 cents to filter a whole gallon of water!