American consumers already know that drinking water can be filtered to get rid of any bad taste that comes from chlorine or hard water in municipal tap water. What many homeowners should realize is that there are benefits to filtering your shower water as well.
A good shower filter will get rid of the chlorine in your shower water in addition to any water hardening agents. There are several things to consider when you decide to get a filter for your home’s showers.
Chlorine’s Effects and Risks
In an article written in the Washington Post dated April 25, 2010, high levels of chlorine existed in some residents’ tap water from February until mid-May lasting more than three months. Chlorine in higher concentrations dries out your skin while you bathe in it but inside your body the chlorine can react with your lungs as you inhale the steam from your hot shower. If you already have sensitivities to smells or even asthma, this high concentration of chlorine can aggravate symptoms.
Byproducts of chlorine’s interaction with decaying matter in water include trihalomethanes (THMs) according to the Canadian government’s Health Canada website. THMs have been known to cause cancer in lab rats at high levels. Pregnant women who ingest large amounts of THMs had an increased risk of miscarriage in the state of California. Studies didn’t prove the link to THMs and miscarriage but determine that further studies should be done.
Britain’s Daily Mail in 2008 reported that researchers suggested that the risks of birth defects in babies are nearly double in areas where tap water is heavily disinfected with chlorine. They determined that the risk came from THMs absorbed through the skin and going directly into the womb.
When you investigate a good shower filter you will want one that removes chlorine, THMs, and substances that cause water to be hard. Not only will your body be better off for having harsh chemicals removed but your soap and shampoo will last longer. Also look for a filter that removes any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from water to prevent any inhalation of other harmful substances.
Aquasana has a good water filter that promises to remove chlorine, THMs, and VOCs that costs $68. You are able to install the unit directly onto your shower pipe where the water exits. The AQ-4100 was voted a best buy in Consumers Digest magazine. A replacement filter costs $42 every six months of use.
The Wellness Shower filter system is rated to reduce chlorine for up to 18 to 24 months before replacement. The Wellness Shower uses a three stage filtering system to enhance shower water as well as remove impurities. The system costs $189 but by the time you factor in replacement filters for other models the expenses are pretty much the same.
Both shower filter companies promise softer hair and skin within a week. Both also offer money back guarantees if you aren’t satisfied with the results. Either way you win when you buy either filter system.
Another benefit to a water filter for the shower is that some have shower heads that actually reduce your shower water consumption and save you money on your water utility bill. There is a possibility for both your health to improve as well as save some money on your water bill with a good filter for your shower water.
The Washington Post, Health Canada, Daily Mail, the Aquasana website, and Wellness Shower website all contributed information for this article.