Ever heard of the term KDF? No? Neither did I. But, recently, one of my friends purchased a KDF water filter, and when he told me about one, it really caught my attention, and I decided to research more into it. Some of the things and facts that I discovered about it left me both in shock and surprise. Don’t worry. It’s a good shock. And here are the details on what a KDF water filter is? Is it good for our health? Should we even be using it and how it works, etc.? So, let’s start by addressing what KDF is.
What Is A KDF Water Filter?
The full form of KDF is Kinetic Degradation Fluxion. Difficult to remember, right? Well, don’t worry about that as you can simply address it by KDF. It is basically a process media with an alloy of zinc and copper. If you are a chemistry genius, you will understand the next term that I am going to use – the redox process. A redox process is an electrochemical process where both reduction and oxidation of elements occur. This electrochemical process in KDF is what helps in reducing or should we say ‘getting rid of’ all the contaminants present in water.
KDF is available in the market in two forms. One is the KDF 55, and the other is KDF-F. Both of these types of KDF are very different from each other, in terms of both texture and usage. The texture of KDF 55 is very fine and medium granules, whereas the texture of KDF-F is also very fine but mesh granules. The former is known best for reducing chlorine in water, whereas the latter is known for enhancing the efficiency of carbon blocks used for treating water and making them last for a long time.
Why should I need a KDF Water Filter?
Now that you have understood what KDF is, it will be very easy for me to make you understand what KDF water filters are. It’s a water filter that incorporates KDF in it to undergo an electrochemical reaction within it and reduce the number of contaminants present in the water. They are also used to increase the efficiency of an existing filter system and can be used for both industrial and residential purposes.
Does KDF Water Softener Filter Remove Chloramines?
This question has been a topic of debate for many years. But no one has been able to answer the question directly. In our tests, we found that the KDF is unsuccessful in removing chloramine from water. KDF can easily remove 99% of contaminants from water, but it fails in the case of chloramine. KDF removes chlorine, iron, heavy metals, and sulfide from the water. For chloramine, the most suggested way is to use a carbon filter. In that case, you can indirectly use KDF to help in the removal of chloramine. As we already told you that the KDF-F could be used to increase the lifespan as well as the efficiency of carbon blocks. You can use that along with your carbon filter.
Benefits of KDF Water Filter
If we start with listing every benefit that KDF provides us with, it will become very long, and I do not intend to bore my readers with long scientific readings. Therefore, I will provide you with some of the benefits that are advantageous to a household owner who is tussled between whether he should get a KDF filter or not.
1. Extend Life
One of the most common and start benefits of using KDF, and also the one that was referred to at the starting, is that KDF can extend the lifespan of carbon blocks that are used in almost every traditional filter for water. Not only lifespan, but it can also increase the efficiency of the carbon filter in decontaminating your water. You no longer have to rush to the store frequently to buy yourself new blocks as they are going to last significantly for a long time.
I am sure you had no idea that KDF filters are recyclable and can be used again and again without any worry for replacement, etc. They are also very easy to maintain and manage. You don’t need to clean the filters for residue marks, etc. as they themselves act as a cleaning agent.
3. 99% Efficiency
KDF water filters are very efficient and can easily remove all kinds of minerals like chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, microorganisms, iron, and various other heavy metals. Except for chloramine, you can say that KDF can remove almost every contaminant present in the water that will cause harm to your health, skin, or hair.
Here, I shared with you only two types of KDF that are used predominantly in both residential and industrial purposes. But in reality, there are four different types of KDF granules available in the market. As discussed earlier, all of these KDF granules are of different textures and are meant to be used for different purposes. So, it leaves you with a lot of options to experiment with and check which type of granule is the best suitable for you as well as your purpose.
5. No EPA registration required
We know that in the case of various products if they are meant to be used for industrial purposes, consumers need to get an EPA certification to use them in a residential area. But that is not the case here with the KDF water filter. You do not require any EPA certification to use and so no red tapes or unnecessary headaches.
6. Better than Silver Impregnated Filters
There have been people who used to rely on silver-impregnated filters to fight back microorganisms and other bacterial growth in their tanks. But in our surveys, we have found that the usage of silver-impregnated filters has reduced considerably. It may be because KDF filters can fight and resist bacterial and algae growth much better than silver-impregnated filters. KDF water filters are 5X more efficient than it.