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Comparing Point-of-Use vs. Point-of-Entry Water Treatment Systems for Los Angeles


Are you considering installing a water treatment system in your Los Angeles home? With the city's notoriously hard water and concerns about contaminants, it's a smart move to invest in a system that can improve the quality of your water. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to know which type of system is right for you. In this blog post, we'll compare point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment systems and help you determine which one is the best fit for your needs.

Point-of-Use Water Treatment Systems

Point-of-use systems treat water at the point where it is used, such as at a single faucet or showerhead. These systems are ideal for homeowners who want to target specific issues, such as hard water or chlorine taste and odor.

Some common types of point-of-use systems include:

  • Faucet Filters: These filters attach directly to your faucet and can remove contaminants like lead, chlorine, and sediment from your water.
  • Showerhead Filters: Similar to faucet filters, these filters attach to your showerhead and can improve the quality of your shower water.
  • Reverse Osmosis Systems: These systems use a membrane to filter out impurities like lead, arsenic, and fluoride. They are typically installed under the sink and require a separate faucet for dispensing treated water.

Point-of-Entry Water Treatment Systems

Point-of-entry systems treat water as it enters your home, providing whole-house water treatment. These systems are ideal for homeowners who want to address multiple issues throughout their homes, such as hard water, chlorine, and sediment.

Some common types of point-of-entry systems include:

  • Water Softeners: These systems use a process called ion exchange to remove minerals like calcium and magnesium, which cause hard water. Softened water can help prevent scale buildup in pipes and appliances, and can make cleaning easier.
  • Carbon Filters: These filters use activated carbon to remove chlorine, sediment, and other impurities from your water. They can be effective at improving the taste and odor of your water.
  • UV Disinfection Systems: These systems use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms in your water. They are typically installed after other treatment systems to provide an extra layer of protection.

Which Water Treatment System is Right for You?

The type of water treatment system that is right for you depends on your specific needs and concerns. If you only have one or two problem areas in your home, a point-of-use system may be sufficient. However, if you want to improve the overall quality of your water throughout your home, a point-of-entry system may be a better choice. A professional plumber can help you assess your needs and recommend the best system for your home.

By understanding the differences between these systems, you can make an informed decision about which one is right for your Los Angeles home.

Contact Nautilus Plumbing today to learn more about our water treatment services and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.