Since over 70% of your body is composed of water, it matters that you’re replenishing your system with high-quality H20. We take steps wherever necessary to ensure this is the case, from drinking filtered water through our refrigerator to even buying bottled water at the store, but have you thought about installing a home filtration system in your house?

Filtered water in your house gets rid of all the dangerous bacteria, chemicals, contaminants and chlorine that you’re (most likely) unknowingly ingesting. These are things your city’s water filtration system helps to eliminate, but the distance between the plant and your pipes is enough to pick up some more stragglers along the way.

There are three different types of water filtration systems, operating differently from each other and coming in at different price points. Activated carbon is the most common filtration system but requires you to replace the water cartridges located under the sink. Water softeners (or ion exchange filters) use positively-charged ions to attract the negatively-charged ions from your water, such as barium and calcium. Reverse osmosis is the third, which forces water to go through a barrier using air pressure and filters out almost every possible contaminant.

Which one you choose is ultimately up to you, but if you’re wondering whether or not the benefits outweigh the cost, consider these advantages.

You’ll Feel Better

City-wide water filtration systems go a long way in keeping your water as clean as possible, but to get that extra boost from your pipes and ensure your body is running as efficiently as possible, you’ll want to make sure that as much pollution from your body is gone as possible. Herbicides and micro-organisms can find their way into your water system and into your body; a home filtration system neutralizes those and improves your overall health.

You’ll Protect the Environment

Nearly 1,500 water bottles are bought every single second, costing Americans millions of dollars every year and dumping nearly 40 billion bottles into our local landfill. That’s a HUGE added waste that can be almost completely dissolved by using reusable water bottles and having filtered water straight from your faucet. On average, it takes a plastic water bottle nearly 450 years to dissolve in these landfills. Think about that the next time you reach for one at the convenience store.

You’ll Save Money

Sure, the initial cost of installing a filtration system may be somewhat high, but consider how much money you’ll save by not buying a $2 bottle of water several times a month; if you have a family, the savings go up even further. Furthermore, the contaminants that are cut out by filtered water can wreak havoc on your piping system too, so you’ll most likely save money on plumbing repair bills as well.

It’ll Taste Better

There’s a reason people continue to buy bottled water: it simply tastes better than most tap water. That’s because tap water has elements like chlorine and lead inside, giving it a weird taste (and smell), and a higher pH level to boot. There’s no getting around it: filtered water just tastes better.