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Your Easy Guide To Understanding Carbon Filtration

September 20, 2023

Your Easy Guide To Understanding Carbon Filtration  

Carbon filtration is a widely used water treatment method that effectively removes impurities and contaminants from water. Whether you’re concerned about the current taste and odor of your tap water, or looking to improve the quality of water in your home or business, understanding how carbon filtration works is essential. In this easy-to-understand guide, we’ll explore the principles behind carbon filtration and how it can benefit your water supply.  

The Basics of Carbon Filtration  

Carbon filtration is a water purification process that utilizes activated carbon, often in the form of carbon blocks or granulated carbon, to trap and remove various pollutants from water. Activated carbon is an extremely porous material with a large surface area that makes it highly effective at adsorbing impurities. The term “activated” refers to the carbon’s treatment to increase its adsorption capacity.  

How Carbon Filtration Works  

  1. Adsorption, Not Absorption: The key principle behind carbon filtration is adsorption,  not absorption. Absorption involves a substance taking in another substance throughout its structure, while adsorption is the attachment of molecules to the surface of a solid or liquid. In carbon filtration, impurities in the water adhere to the carbon’s surface,  effectively being “captured” by the carbon.
  2. The Pore Structure: The porous structure of activated carbon is where the magic happens. This structure provides an immense surface area for contaminants to adhere to. A single gram of activated carbon can have a surface area of several thousand square meters, providing ample space for impurities to attach.  
  3. Removal of Impurities: As water flows through the carbon filter, contaminants are drawn into the activated carbon’s pores due to various forces, such as Van der Waals forces and chemical interactions. Common impurities that can be removed through carbon filtration include chlorine, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pesticides,  herbicides, and some heavy metals.  
  4. Taste and Odor Improvement: One of the most noticeable benefits of carbon filtration is the improvement in the taste and odor of water. Activated carbon effectively removes chlorine and its associated taste and odor, making the water more pleasant to drink and cook with.  

Types of Carbon Filters  

  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC): GAC filters use loose carbon particles to filter water.  These filters are commonly used in whole-house filtration systems.  
  • Carbon Block Filters: Carbon block filters use a dense block of activated carbon to filter water. They provide consistent and efficient filtration and are often found in under-the-sink filtration systems and refrigerator water filters.
  • Carbon Impregnated Filters: These filters combine activated carbon with other materials to target specific contaminants, such as heavy metals or bacteria. They are commonly used in specialized applications.  

HALO Water Systems and Carbon Filtration  

Here at HALO Water Systems, we offer innovative filtration solutions for every situation. 

  1. Whole-House Water Filtration Systems:
  • HALO 5 
  • H2Zero Series
  • Mini Series 
  • Defender
  1. Point of Use Filtration :
  • Hydro Point
  • Ultra Plus

Benefits of HALO Water Systems 

  • Improved taste and odor
  • Reduction of chlorine and chlorination byproducts  
  • Removal of various contaminants  
  • Environmentally friendly and cost-effective  
  • Easy to install and maintain  

Carbon filtration is a simple yet highly effective method for improving the quality of your water supply. Our commitment to leading the nation in innovative, highly effective filtration solutions ensures that you can enjoy cleaner, alkaline water in your home while protecting your home’s plumbing and appliances. Whether you opt for a whole-house system or an under-sink filter,  

HALO Water Systems solutions can make a significant difference in the quality of your water for years to come. Regular maintenance and filter replacement for systems that require it, will ensure that your HALO system continues to provide high-quality water throughout your home.