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Home Master HMF3SDGFEC Whole House Water Filter Review

Home Master make great reverse osmosis systems, but does their knowledge transfer to the whole house system?

Homemaster-HMF3SDGFEC

Home Master make great reverse osmosis systems, but does their knowledge transfer to the whole house system? Home Master HMF3SDGFEC Cost: $$ Filtration Stages: 3 Warranty: 2 years Filter Lifespan: Stage 1 = 6-12 months, Stage 2 = Depends on iron concentration of water supply, Stage…

Home Master HMF3SDGFEC

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This system from Home Master, focuses on two key areas: 1) Having a fast water flow rate. 2) Being low maintenance. It succeeds in both areas, but a drawback of having such durable filters is their expense. While some whole house filters are let down by the effect they have on household water pressure, this system doesn't have that problem. This system can be a great fit under the right circumstances.

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Home Master HMF3SDGFEC

Cost: $$

Filtration Stages: 3

Warranty: 2 years

Filter Lifespan: Stage 1 = 6-12 months, Stage 2 = Depends on iron concentration of water supply, Stage 3 = 12 months (or 100,000 gallons),

Water Flow Rate: Up to 15 gallons per minute. Pressure drop of <1 psi

Waste Water: None

Dimensions: 24 x 9 x 25 inches

Introduction

The Home Master HMF3SDGFEC is a mid-price whole house water filter that focuses on the removal of iron, manganese, and sulfur from water. It features three stages of filtration that each perform specific task, and require a specialist filter. These filters are relatively long life with the pre-filter having the shortest life span of 6-12 months (depends on incoming water quality). Home Master have designed this system with comfort and convenience in mind. The filters are larger than normal, which gives important benefits. Firstly, they last longer. This means you buy less filters, and have to change them less frequently. Secondly, the water flow rate isn’t impeded as much as some other whole house water filter systems. Whole house systems have a habit of reducing water pressure for the whole household, so for Home Master to produce a system that reduces water pressure by less than 1 psi, makes this a great piece of design.

Performance

This system provides three stage of water filtration. Let’s talk a bit about each filter and the protection it provides.

Stage 1 Filter: This is a sediment filter that will remove the larger particles (dirt, sand, salt, rust etc.) from your water supply. It has multiple layers and will filter down to 1 micron. It will last anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on the level of usage, and amount of contamination of your water.

Stage 2 Filter: This filter specializes in the reduction of iron, sulfur, and manganese from the water (up to 95% removal). This helps preserve the life of household appliances that use water, and also pipes, and the water heater. The life of this filter really depends on the amount of heavy metals (like iron) in your water. The table below gives an idea of what kind of lifespan you can expect. You will have to test your water for contamination levels to find out. A simple kit like this would suffice.

ironchart

Source: theperfectwater.com

Stage 3 Filter: This filter is concerned with the removal of chlorine and other chemicals. It is said to remove up to 90% of chlorine. Its other function is to improve taste and eliminate odors. This filter lasts for 1 year or 100,00 gallons.

This Home Master water filter will remove contaminants bigger than 1 micron in size. To put that into perspective, a reverse osmosis system will remove contaminants down to 0.0001 microns, and the Aquasana Rhino 0.35 microns. Now, this doesn’t mean that the Home Master system is an inferior system. Your water filter system should cater specifically to your water composition. If you have a problem with pesticide contamination for example, then reverse osmosis is the solution (pesticide particles can be as small as 0.001 microns). But, if heavy metals are ruining your appliances, or your bathing water stinks, then a system like Home Master’s is a great solution. One micron is actually quite a good figure for a whole house system and offers adequate protection against most water contaminants.

These filters are longer lasting than most. Compare the pre-filter lifespan of up to 12 months with the 3 months of the Aquasana range, and you get the picture. However, they are priced accordingly, and are relatively expensive. The real bonus with these filters is that they allow the water flow rate to remain high. Home Master state that the water flowing through the system should not drop in pressure by more than 1 psi. Now this is important, should you want your showers to remain as enjoyable.

Installation and Maintenance

Unlike the Aquasana Rhino, you need not spend extra money on a professional plumber to install the system (to engage the warranty). The installation and instruction manual is available here, for the curious. The installation shouldn’t be a problem though, and can be done by most in just an hour or two. This system is not as large as some others, but will require a space of 24 x 9x 25 inches in a dry area, usually a garage.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Long life filtersExpensive filters
Fast water flow rate
Filters down to 1 micron
Great for removing iron
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