A shower head filter reduces chlorine and other harmful chemicals in water by up to 95 percent. Public water systems use chlorine to kill bacteria and viruses, including those that cause typhoid and cholera. Chlorinated water can have serious side effects.
Chlorine evaporates faster than water. In the shower, chlorine molecules convert to toxic gas, and enter the body through skin pores or inhalation. Chlorine gas can cause allergic reactions and respiratory or skin disease, and it can aggravate existing conditions such as asthma or eczema. Chlorine reacts with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in water, to form trihalomethanes (THMs). Research links THMs to cancer in adults and low birth weight in newborns.
Other side effects of chlorinated water include:
Removal of chlorine makes skin softer and hair more lustrous. Filters also eliminate bad water odor and reduce soap scum in the bath or shower. A shower water filter works in temperatures up to 115 F to remove chlorine, chemical compounds, lead, trihalomethanes and harmful VOCs.
Shower water filters come in hand-held and fixed head models. Installation is a quick do-it-yourself job. Removable shower head filters attach directly to the shower faucet pipes. There are two types of shower water filters: granular activated carbon (GAC) and kinetic degradation fluxion (KDF).
GAC filtration is a two-step process. Water flows through a granular copper / zinc medium to remove chlorine and restore PH balance. Water then moves through a carbon medium, such as carbonized coconut shell or powdered block. Carbon absorbs and traps harmful chemicals and toxins.
KDF filtration uses the process of redox, or oxidation reduction. Redox is a complex but safe electro-chemical process that changes the molecular structure of existing toxins, and transforms them into harmless compounds. The compounds flush away with shower water.
Removable shower head filter cartridges are easy to install and replace. Most cartridges are recyclable. Replace the filter cartridges every 6 to 12 months, depending on the manufacturer. A shower water filter helps eliminate toxins, reduce health risks and enhance the radiance of skin and hair. Choose a shower head filter to suit your style, for a safer environment and a higher quality of life.