Frequently Asked Questions:
Why NanoCeram is the worlds best water filter?
Nano Ceram will remove more contaminants then any other filter made. It is the only high flow, high capacity filter I know of that will remove drugs (EDC), Ribonucleic acid (RNA), Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), bacteria, virus's, heavy metals and hundreds of other harmful contaminants at a very affordable price.
How do I know it is a NanoCeram water filter filter?
All Nano Ceram water filters come with a blue and white sticker on the end of the filter stating "Powered by NanoCeram"
Are there other names for the same filter...Yes!
The filter media is made by Ahlstrom-Munksjo in Helsinki, Finland. They are the worlds largest specialty paper manufacture. Ahlstrom sells the paper known as the Ahlstrom Disruptor® to water filter manufactures around the world. These manufactures then market their own brand name. The biggest names are Ultra-D, NanoCeram and Nano-AL. All of these names use the same filter media.
What does the Ahlstrom Disruptor® remove from the water?
Significant Removal of Virus (Polio, Norovirus, Rotavirus, etc.) Bacteria (E. coli, Legionella, Pseudomonas, etc.) Cyst* Humic Acid Bromine (carbon) Chlorine (carbon) Iodine (carbon) Lead 8.5 pH* Ortho-phosphate PCBs BPA Penicillin G Flumenquine DNA.RNA Polysaccharide
Is Ahlstrom Disruptor®-Nano Ceram really in the N.A.S.A. Hall of Fame?
Yes, here is the link. http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2009/er_2.html
How long do Ahlstrom Disruptor® NanoCeram filters last?
That is the hardest question to answer because no filter manufacturer can guarantee or even know the quality of your incoming water. Even when they know the quality at the time of a water test your water quality can change over time.
However...there are things you can do to extend the life of the NanoCeram water filter. I never install a Nano Ceram filter without having a 5 or better yet a 1 micron "pre" filter before it. The pre-filters are much less expensive then the NanoCeram filters and will greatly extend the useful life of the NanoCeram.
A rule of thumb for most sizes are as follows. A P2.5 x 10" with a pre-filter should last about 20,000 gallons and a P4.5 x 20" with a pre-filter should last about 200,000 gallons.
How do I know when to replace my filters?
I know this may sound simplistic and it is...the best way to know when to replace any filter is when the water flow starts to slow down. It can even slow to a trickle. All filters are meant to trap particles and the more they trap the faster they plug up.
Always replace the pre-filter first and retest your water flow. If you still have low flow water then replace the nano ceram filter.
What will a NanoCeram water filter remove?
The big contaminants in the news lately is heavy metals, especially lead and the full line of Nano Ceram filters will greatly reduce all heavy metals. Nano Ceram filters are the best at reducing thousands of chemicals, drugs, pesticides as well as bacteria and virus's. The contents is to long to list here. Check out the research here.
What won't Nano Ceram remove?
NanoCeram will not remove some total dissolved solids (TDS). Hardness is a TDS and will go right through a Nano Ceram filter. Iron is also a TDS but will get trapped in a NanoCeram filter and prematurely plug it up. Dissolved Iron is the biggest killer of the Nano Ceram filter. The line of Nano Ceram filters will not remove arsinic nitrates or nitrites.
Will NanoCeram remove Flouride ?
At slow flow rates the NanoCeram filter will reduce fluoride. The slower the water flow the more the fluoride will be removed. A good flow rate would be .5GPM or less for drinking water.
Remove vs Reduce!
There is no filter that I know of that can “remove” all the contaminant from your water. The word “remove” means 100% of everything whereas the words “greatly reduce” or just “reduce” naturally means that there is still something in the water supply. If the water test shows a residual contaminant reduction level of .9999% or .9799% that is clearly not 100%. The word “remove” is used a lot in the water treatment industry to explain water filters. It is widely accepted that a removal rate of 99% or better is considered 100% removed. My goal as a water treatment professional is to educate consumers as to the the truth so you can make an informed decision and get your water as clean as possible, for good health, at an affordable price!
Why I don't use Reverse Osmosis(RO)
Reverse osmosis has two real problems. First, they consume/waste a tremendous amount of water. For every gallon of clean water they produce there is at least 3 and up to five gallons of water that goes down the drain.
Second, all RO's make the water acidic. Drinking acidic water can be harmful in the long run and not good for the human body.
Why do I use a separate pre-filter and carbon filter?
All of the filters have a different life cycle. That means that they will hit there useful life at a different time. I don't believe it is best to replace all three filters when you only need to replace one. In all of my three post filter systems I use a sediment pre-filter first. I use a 1 micron filter to remove sediment down to 1 micron and that will extend the life of the NanoCeram ultra filter. There is no way to predict when the pre-filter should be replaced. The NanoCeram is the more expensive of the three filters.
The NanoCeram filter is the second filter and will have it's own life span.
The third is the carbon block to remove chlorine and other gases. Again, a carbon filter has a different life span and will need to be replaced as needed.
How much does a gallon of clean, safe water cost?
It is hard to give an exact number but based on the under counter 3 post point-of-use filter at a useful life of 10,000 gallons the cost would be around .03 cents per gallon. That is way better then the $1.50 for a 16 ounce plastic bottle. That equates to $12 per gallon and some people buy those bottles by the case.
What are the Nano Ceram filters made of?
Special microglass paper! Contrary to the name there is no ceramic in the filter. Here is an excerpt taken from Argonide's own website.
“Argonide’s NanoCeram® patented filter media features a thermally bonded blend of microglass fibers & cellulose infused with nanoalumina fibers in a non-woven matrix that creates an electropositively charged depth filter media. When assembled into a pleated cartridge, all NanoCeram® filters offer and provide a unique combination of efficiency, capacity, flow rate & low pressure drop at levels unmatched in today’s filtration marketplace. In addition, all NanoCeram® filter cartridges are assembled using only FDA-compliant materials."
Who makes the Nano Ceram Disruptor filter media?
The filter media in made in Finland by a company called Ahlgstrom. They are possibly the biggest specialty paper manufacturer in the world. The Nano Ceram patent is owned by the Ahlstrom company and manufactured in Florida. Testing:
There have been many test performed by many organizations including the EPA, NASA, US military, US government and many University's through out the world.
Here is one – NANOCERAM ® FILTERS Virus Media Filtration. The United States EPA has evaluated NanoCeram and found it excellent for filtering particles down to about 0.1 microns and recommends it for virus protection filters in public water supplies. This meets NSF/ANSI Standard 42 – Drinking Water Treatment Units – Aesthetic Effects (Class I Particulate Reduction) NSF/ANSI Standard 53 – Drinking Water Treatment Units – Health Effects (Cyst Reduction) NSF/ANSI Standard 61 – Drinking Water System Components (Municipal drinking water treatment).
NOTE; There are many links to test reports listed in the "History" section of this website