Pelican Water Systems produces a wide range of water filtration systems, thus catering to various particular needs. Their filters are among the most efficient on the market, and they enjoy an extra advantage that not all filtration systems do: NSF approvals. Since there is no governmental regulation of these products, and little is known about possible side-effects, customers are advised to shift towards NSF-approved products, because a quality of the product is ensured to some extent. Today’s reviewed filter is the Pelican PC1000 Premium whole house water filter, which, as its name suggests, purifies water in your entire home, giving you access to clean, safe to use water on all faucets. It has great capacity and efficiency, but we’ll let each of you make up your own minds by reading the following.
Not much can be said about the design; because it is a whole house filtration system, it will be hidden from view and installed in a garage, basement or closet. It looks like a cylindrical tank; the complete system contains a Carbon Series System, a Prefilter with mounting bracket, a bypass valve and fittings, and that’s about it. You also receive an owner’s manual instructing you on the correct maintenance steps for the filter, but the installation itself has to be performed by a professional. For these and other reasons, a filter like this is a costly investment, but you certainly get your money’s worth and can even end up saving by the end of the year, because you’ll no longer have to purchase bottled water. This multistage filtration system is efficient and reliable; let’s see how and why.
As mentioned above, this Pelican product is fitted with a multistage filter media. Stage 1 in the media is represented by a 5-micron sediment pre-filter that eliminates silt, debris, sand and other sediments from the water almost completely. This has the role of protecting appliances and fixtures and prolonging their life, which is why the pre-filter has to be routinely replaced every 6 to 9 months. Stages 2 and 3 are Granular Activated Carbon Medias, which combine different types of carbon in order to maximize the types of contaminants eliminated. These high-grade, coconut shell-based activated carbons are efficient against tens of chemical contaminants, VOCs, soluble metals, industrial waste, detergents, and many more. Chlorine, chloramine, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides or industrial solvents are other contaminants you don’t have to worry about.
Stage 4 is a Copper and Zinc Oxidation Media that reduces and prevents the growth of bacteria and algae. The Up-flow system channels the water in a swirl from the bottom of the tank to the top, so the carbon media swirls as well; this allows for maximum purification results. Through an absorption process, the chemicals that are found in water are absorbed into the carbon media, from which they are not released.
First of all, let’s talk dimensions; this aspect is also important when you purchase a whole house filtration system, because you want to know what to expect and, and whether the product will fit in the space you intend to install it. Thus, it has a tank width of about 11 inches; when the entire system is installed, together with its casing, it measures about 60 inches in height, 21 inches in width, and 19 inches in depth. The maximum flow rate of this product is 15 GPM (gallons per minute) and can stand an operating pressure of about 25 to 80 PSI. The operating temperatures range between 36 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The sediment pre-filter has a lifespan of about 6 to 9 months, after which it has to be replaced with a new one. The tank media for the PC1000 lasts for 5 years, or 1,000,000 gallons of water depending on how often you use it. If this seems above the capacity you need, you can also purchase this whole house filtration system with the PC600 tank media, which filters about 600,000 gallons of water.
The tank media on the Pelican PC1000 is made from stainless steel, so you can feel confident about its durability; moreover, this confers them a sleek and modern design, so the product is pleasing to the eye as well. Moreover, this type of water filter is fitted with an Upflow system that is easy to use by homeowners without special instructions or tools, and which was also proved to be more effective in filtering out contaminants and chemicals.
Ease of Use
Replacing the media is easy and can be performed by any homeowner. While installing the tank is not that easy, it too can be installed by someone who is not a professional, but rather very handy in general. However, the owner’s manual is very straightforward when it comes to teaching about media replacement, so if you follow the instructions correctly, you should be able to do it without too much fuss when the time comes. Softening and conditioning the water in your home in order to make it safer for the skin and hair, the Pelican filter will also produce water fit for consumption.
First of all, the Pelican PC1000 filter doesn’t require electricity to function, so although you can’t say it’s energy efficient, it is consumption-conscious. The Up-flow system ensures no backwash and therefore no water wasting, and there is no drainage required. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors because its casing protects it from the elements. But more than anything, it provides, fresh, great-tasting water that will improve the taste of your coffee, tea, and cooking in general; moreover, it ensures softer hair and skin, because it eliminates the hardness of the water. This also serves to protect your appliances and other water-using fixtures. Besides its NSF certificate, it also received a Water Quality Association (WQA) certificate for valves, fittings, and tank. The PC1000 costs about $1,100, but it has a five-year limited warranty promising to eliminate chlorine and chloramine to untraceable levels. If the product you purchase does not provide the same quality and efficiency over the 5 years of functioning, you either get your money back or receive replacement media free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the lifespan of the tank media?
The tank media of the system should be replaced once every 5 years or after it filters approximately 1 million gallons of water. Of course, the period of time after which it needs to be replaced depends on how often the system is put to use, the 5-year period serving as a simplified guidance point for mandatory maintenance.
2. Through how many filtration stages is the water passed?
This system passes the water you use and consume through 4 different filtration stages. The filtration media it utilizes during the are – a 5-micron sediment pre-filter, two granular activated carbon filters, and a copper and zinc oxidation media. Some of the important contaminants removed as a result of this thorough filtration include sand, debris, silt, chemicals, VOC’s, industrial waste, bacteria, algae, and detergents.
3. What is the flow rate of the system?
The PC1000 can reach a peak flow rate of 15 gallons per minute, which means it is the perfect pick for a large household where there are a lot sources which dispense water. The high flow rate also indicates water pressure is unlikely to ever drop, especially if you do not neglect filter changes and proper system maintenance.