Why buy GE reverse osmosis water systems when you can buy something more affordable? Of course, it depends on the impurities you are trying to remove, but you should be able to find something just as effective as GE reverse osmosis filters.
The smaller, less expensive GE reverse osmosis water purifier was designed for the home that is treated by a public facility. They include an RO stage, along with two granulated carbon chambers to remove chemical compounds.
The thing is, if your waters have already been treated, you do not need GE reverse osmosis filters or any other RO device. All that you need is submicron filtration, one granulated carbon chamber, one multi-media block and one ion exchange phase.
Those steps can be combined into one purifier that sits proudly on your kitchen counter. It's smaller than a blender. It costs about the same as any other small kitchen appliance. And, it removes more than 99% of chemical compounds, the heavy metal lead and parasitic cysts.
In other words, everything that is typically found when a sample is tested from a publicly treated supply. You have complete purity, without paying thousands of dollars for GE reverse osmosis filters.
There are some other disadvantages to GE reverse osmosis water. You may not be aware of the fact that waters from an RO unit are de-mineralized. A slight mineral content is healthier and better tasting.
Even bottling companies are now adding small amounts of sodium and potassium or other minerals to their beverages, in order to improve taste and in some cases as a health benefit. Drinking de-mineralized waters is like drinking distilled. The taste is stale and it causes digestive problems.
The pH level is wrong for the digestive system. So, you may experience heartburn, acid reflux or similar problems. If you already have an ulcer, you really do not want to drink de-mineralized waters. It will aggravate the ulcer.
Purifiers that include an ion exchange step remove metallic ions like lead and copper. These ions are exchanged for ions of sodium and potassium. Ion exchange protects you from contaminants and improves the taste and pH level of the waters.
Environmentally speaking, GE reverse osmosis filters are wasteful. They require electricity to operate and they discharge gallons of unusable wastewater.
Economically speaking, GE reverse osmosis water is not a "smart" choice. Your electric and water bills will go up. You'll have to pay a plumber to install the unit and possibly and electrician to put in a new outlet.
GE reverse osmosis filters require a drain to discharge wastewater. They have a maximum daily capacity for production. If you have a big family and you need a lot of water every day, you would have to buy one of their largest units and, of course, the bigger the unit; the higher the price.
Hopefully, you can find a better solution for your home. There are just too many disadvantages with GE reverse osmosis water. You and your family deserve better.