How Often Should You Change Your Home’s Water Filter?

Too often water filters get forgotten. We all know they need to be changed in order to work effectively, but this is frequently a task that slips the mind. Next thing you know, weeks and then months have past and your filter has not been changed when it probably should have been. This can create problems with your water that you definitely don’t want.

A recent article in Reader’s Digest explored the topic of how often you should be changing your water filter. That article notes that, whereas smoke alarms beep to tell you they need new batteries or light bulbs burn out to show you they need replaced, water filters don’t have these handy visual cues—and as a result far too many people overlook them (the article even includes a memorable picture of one overloaded water filter pulled out by a plumber).

So how often should you replace your water filter? The answer to that question varies depending on (1) what type of water filtration system you are using, (2) the quality of water that’s coming into your home, and (3) how much water your household is using.

The Reader’s Digest article notes 3-6 months as a good baseline for changing your home water filter—with three months being better if you have well water or use a lot of water, and six months being adequate if you have city water and only use an average amount of water. At Enpress we have an innovative whole-home water filter that can last a family using an average amount of water around a year before it needs to be replaced (with a handy LED light system that tells you when the filter is running out or has run out).

A smart strategy when you replace your water filter is to set a calendar alert on your phone for the next replacement. This way you will have a handy reminder when it’s time to take action so you don’t forget. You can do this for all the filters in your home—whether you have a whole-home filter, a filter for your refrigerator, or a filter for your faucet.

Replacing your water filters regularly (whatever type you are using) will help keep your water safe, clean, and healthy for you and your family.