How much does a home water filtration system cost? There is more than one answer to this question which we are going to cover in great detail on this page. So without further ado…
There is more than just one type of water filter that you can buy. The selection ranges from small and inexpensive pitchers providing drinking water for a single person only to more pricey whole house systems that can treat all the water entering your home. So the question really is what type of filter do you want or need?
Because not every model is capable of removing all the potential contaminants that might be lurking in your water supply. While basic activated carbon filtration will reduce chlorine content to at least some extent, fluoride, lead and chloramines require a more sophisticated approach.
Thus you should think about conducting a water quality test first. Several test kits are available online and at your local home improvement store. They don’t cost much, somewhere between $20-40.
Anyway, these are the different filter types you can choose from:
|Whole House||Usually between $300 to $1,000 and more||Filtered water everywhere in your home, increase lifespan of appliances and plumbing system||More likely to require installation by a professional, do not remove smaller impurities|
|Reverse Osmosis||$150 – $500||Provide healthy drinking water 100% safe for consumption, produce relatively large volumes||Produce wastewater, strip away minerals, may require installation by a professional|
|Under Sink||$50 – $200||Cost effective, most provide water safe for drinking||Might require installation by a professional|
|Countertop||$50 – $120||Simple to use and clean, portable, no permanent installation required (great for renters), attach within a couple of seconds||Not always the most thorough filtration, take up space on your counter, don’t fit pull out sprayers, flow rate can be slow|
|Faucet Mounted||$20 – $50||Simple to use and clean, portable, no permanent installation required (great for renters), attach within a couple of seconds||Take up space above/in your kitchen sink, might not be compatible with your faucet, not the most thorough filtration, flow rate can be slow|
|Pitcher||$20 – $50||No installation required (great for renters), can be stored in refrigerator for cooling, simple to use and clean, portable||Do not remove the majority of potential contaminants, filters need frequent replacements, low flow rate, limited storage volume|
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Let’s say you just purchased a new water filter. Now unless you bought a pitcher or a unit that simply connects to your kitchen faucet, the next step would be to have the system installed in your home.
How much does that cost? Again, there is no definite answer because it depends on how complex the system is (check table below). The higher the complexity, the more costly the installation is likely going to be. By the way, you might be able to do the installation yourself.
Basic labor includes mounting the unit, installing a shut-off valve, making the plumbing connections and verifying that everything works as intended and without leaks. Additional tasks are installation site preparation and cleanup.
To this we have to add the cost of materials and supplies such as tubing, connectors and fittings if not included with the filter itself.
If modification of your home’s existing plumbing is required, the total cost will increase by another $1,000 to $2,000.
Most plumbers also offer to remove and dispose of old appliances and installation debris if need be. Of course this is optional and costs somewhere between $50 and $120.
On a side note: In our opinion, if you are handy with tools there is no reason not to try to hook up your new reverse osmosis or whole house water filter DIY-style. For under sinks units, installation typically requires cutting into the drain line and drilling a hole into your countertop for the second faucet. Whole house systems require proper plumbing at the main water line.
If you want to make sure that the plumber you call will provide excellent service of the highest quality, check for licensing and insurance. A plumbing company recognized by the Better Business Bureau is always a great indicator.
Lastly, insist on a price estimate in written form upfront to avoid unpleasant surprises.
As for maintenance, all water filter systems require filter (and membrane) replacements for optimum performance every once in a while. This adds to the cost.
Systems with multiple filtration stages like RO units will turn out more expensive compared to simple single-stage devices – think faucet filters.
|Type||Installation Cost||Labor||Annual Cost||Total Cost (First Year)|
|Whole House||$100 to $500 and more||2 – 4 hours||$100 – $300||$500 to $1,800 and more|
|Reverse Osmosis||$100 – $300||1 – 3 hours||$60 – $200||$310 – $1,000|
|Under Sink||$100 – $300||1 – 3 hours||$20 – $150||$170 – $650|
|Countertop||–||–||$70 – $130||$120 – $250|
|Faucet Mounted||–||–||$20 – $40||$40 – $90|
|Pitcher||–||–||$60 – $150||$80 – $200|
For any reputable source providing information on water filters it is impossible to predict how much it will cost you to have a suitable well treatment system installed in your home without thorough analysis of your situation.
What you have to know is that there are so many possible conditions that you might be facing, from high iron, sulfur and manganese content to excess hardness or harmful microorganisms. These conditions all require special treatment by specialized systems.
In other words: You have to be certain that what you purchase makes sense for you if you don’t want to end up wasting thousands of dollars. Your first step has to be to have extensive testing done on your water.
Most (whole) home water filtration systems are not exactly cheap. However in our opinion, the benefits that you get well justify the price. After all, the health of your family is worth much more than a couple of hundred dollars.
If you have any questions about home or whole house water filtration system cost, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!