When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, updating your water filtration system should be a part of the plan. Whether your current system is outdated or you don’t have one at all, an under-sink water ionizer is an excellent option. Are you familiar with alkaline ionized water?
Well, a water ionizer does more than just make great-tasting water. In this article, you’ll get a brief introduction to the advantages of owning an under-sink water ionizer and why you would want to consider adding one to your kitchen remodel. By the end, you’ll know for sure whether an ionizer is a good choice for your kitchen.
1) Bottled Water Quality Water on Tap
Are you familiar with the popular bottled water brands Essentia and Fiji? It turns out that both brands are alkaline, though, the former is ionized water while the latter is natural artesian water. If you’ve tried either brand, then you already know how good they taste. This is the taste of alkaline water. Generally, it tastes better than the sour flavor of acidic water.
The beauty of an under-sink water ionizer is that it makes delicious ionized water that you don’t have to buy by the bottle. Plus, you know that it’s fresh instead of sitting on a shelf somewhere for who knows how long before you drink it. If you regularly buy bottled water, you’ll end up covering the expense of the water ionizer over time.
On top of that, there’s always the option to invest in your own vacuum insulated water bottle. With a vacuum insulated water bottle, you’re better able to preserve the benefits and pH of your freshly ionized water. And this goes back to the fact that bottled water can’t offer the same seal of freshness as your own bottle.
2) Under-Sink Water Ionizers Use Powerful Filters
Not only do water ionizers ionize your water, but they also filter it using powerful ceramic and activated carbon filters. One of the top-rated water ionizers featured at AWMS removes particles down to .01-micron, which is as good as it gets before moving to ultrafiltration offered by a reverse osmosis system.
Additionally, the same ionizer has a long filter life of up to six months at up to five gallons of production per day. That’s longer than you’ll find offered by a basic water filter pitcher or faucet filter. Also, reverse osmosis systems usually require a filter change every few months for the sediment filter.
However, it is important to test your water first to figure out what’s in it. Because to get the most life out of your water ionizer filters, you’ll want to ensure that you’re not bombarding them with larger sediment, iron, or rust. In this case, pre-filtration is required to get the most out of your water ionizer.
Overall, the point is that under-sink water ionizers do an excellent job of filtering your water before it’s ionized without removing essential minerals.
3) A Cleaner Appearance
Compared to a countertop water ionizer, an under-sink model has a cleaner appearance. A good model allows you to adjust your water ionizer settings at sink level using a touchscreen, which eliminates the need to reach below your sink. Plus, the attractive touchscreen makes the ionizer easy for the whole family to use.
You’re able to customize your settings and program presets to reduce the time it takes to make your favorite water. Plus, since the ionizer faucet is off to the side of your sink, it doesn’t interfere with your primary kitchen faucet. All in all, you won’t even know it’s there until you need it, which leads to the next point.
4) Save Your Counter Space
Compared to owning a countertop water filter, such as a Berkey or a countertop ionizer, an under-sink model saves you a bunch of counter space. One of the biggest downfalls of owning a countertop water ionizer is the amount of space it takes up on your counter. And since your kitchen remodel will result in a cleaner appearance, a big water filter sitting on your countertop is not part of the equation.
By installing an under-sink model, you skip over the need to use your valuable counter space, not to mention the large hoses that come with some countertop ionizers.
Finally, the installation process for an under-sink model is mostly straightforward and shouldn’t require hiring a professional if you have someone handy in your household.
The hardest part is choosing the right drill bit to drill a hole for the auxiliary faucet. The key is to choose the right bit to cut through metal, granite, or other finishes. With the right bit, you’ll guarantee that you get a clean hole to easily pass the faucet through. Also, there’s always the chance of not having to drill a hole if your sink already has a hole for an auxiliary faucet.
5) Acidic Water Uses
Did you know that the acidic wastewater from ionizers is valuable as well? A couple of uses for acidic ionized water are household cleaning and cosmetic care. By using the acidic ionized water to clean your home, you save yourself money compared to buying cleaning products, and you get a chemical-free cleaning experience.
As far as cosmetic uses, acidic water is a natural astringent that aligns with the skin’s naturally acidic pH. Also, it’s been shown to have an antimicrobial effect that helps to calm common skin conditions including atopic dermatitis and eczema.
In addition to those two uses, acidic water is also good for washing fruits and vegetables, plus it may even help to calm dandruff problems. Thus, the many uses of acidic water produced by an ionizer are a big reason to own one.
At this point, you’ve gotten acquainted with the benefits of owning an under-sink water ionizer and why you might want to consider installing one as part of your kitchen remodel. With all of the wonderful advanced models available these days, you won’t need to replace your new ionizer for years to come.