You are designing your kitchen. You save, screenshot, and pin images that inspire. You swoon over marbles and lacquers and sleek fixtures. You select smart appliances down to the state-of-the-art refrigerator and ice-maker, but have you considered the water that is running through these systems?
How is the water quality affecting your health at home? When designing for our clients, this is a topic that we frequently bring up as wellness at home is integrated into our design ethos. At our own home and past homes, we have implemented various water filtration systems. We wanted to share two systems that we have personally used and may be helpful in your own home.
THE MIGHTY 8-PLATE ANTI-OXIDIZER
The Kangen® 8 is Enagic®’s most powerful antioxidant machine – featuring 8 platinum-dipped titanium plates for improved water ionization and increased antioxidant production potential.
At our former home in Ft. Lauderdale, we installed this system in our kitchen. It fit discreetly under our island prep sink and used its own dispenser, which we mounted to the countertop next to the existing faucet. This unique system allows you to choose between 5 different PH levels to create more acidic water—great for beauty care & cleaning and more alkaline water for drinking and disinfecting. It’s not inexpensive, but considering the health benefits and the ability to replace most of your toxic cleaning products with WATER, it’s definitely worth it!
WHOLE WATER SYSTEM
At our new home in Miami, we took a different approach and added this SECCUA system to filter all of our water throughout the entire apartment. Wall-mounted in our utility room next to the main water supply and water heater, this compact-yet-powerful filter delivers purified water to our sinks and showers, as well as our kitchen. While it doesn’t offer the benefits of alkaline water, it made more sense for us to treat our hair and skin as well as our insides, to overall better health.
While both these systems require installation by a plumber, electrician and possibly a stone technician (for countertop hole-cutting), each has proven worth the investment by providing a healthier alternative to the treated water that comes into our home. As the wellness movement continues to grow, more of us realize the importance of creating a healing environment, as well as a beautiful environment, by adding improvements such as water filtration in our homes.