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Buying Guide: Water Filters Designed for Tiny Homes


The housing market isn’t what it used to be, and that’s not a bad thing. In the wake of the 2008 housing market collapse, and facing a world with rising costs and skyrocketing higher education costs, many young professionals and families have foregone the traditional (and, as they may argue, antiquated) American dream of owning a home in favor of downsizing their living quarters, for practical and personal reasons.

The argument for a smaller home and a more mobile lifestyle is a strong one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 90% of young adults have moved away from home by the age of 27. In our globally connected world, more and more couples and individuals are moving to cities, and moving more frequently. When your lifestyle aligns with your job, investing in a large home seems like a bad financial decision.

tiny homeFor people with this lifestyle, gaining excessive possessions is counter-intuitive. Renting smaller apartments or condos is more practical, cost-effective, and smart. There’s nothing wrong with buying a house and raising a family in one location, but in the current economic client it is no longer the default path. The small home movement is only gaining steam, and shows no signs of slowing down.

In larger cities, apartments account for nearly half of all housing structures. Many apartments are one or two bedroom units that do not have the spacious basements or closet space where a water filter would be installed. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, n New York City apartments account for 50% of all dwellings. In Los Angeles, that number is 42%. In San Francisco, another metropolis, 41% of dwellings are apartments.

Apartments and condos aren’t the only types of small homes that are rising in popularity around the country. U.S. ownership of recreational vehicles, or RVs, has reached record levels in the last few years. 8.9 million households in the U.S. own an RV, an increase of 2 million in just 10 years, according to a University of Michigan study. More families are also choosing to use a boat as their primary dwelling. According to an article in the Financial Times, the switch to boat living can reduce your costs of living in a major metropolis by 90%.

As a company that devotes our time to providing home services, we recognized right away that putting our customers first means that our products should cater to all homes and all lifestyles. Many of our top products, like our whole house filter, are designed for traditional homes that have the space to house a larger water filter system. Pelican Water works tirelessly to provide clean water to every family, however, so we’ve grown accordingly so your home size doesn’t dictate your water quality.

There are many types of water filters that Pelican Water has designed for dwellers of small homes. Our EZ-Connect compact series of water filters are easy to install and designed for tiny spaces; you can install these filters under a sink in minutes.

Some systems focus on chlorine and chloramine reduction. If you’re worried about lead or fluoride levels we also carry compact water systems designed to reduce those specific contaminants. Do you have hard water? Invest in a compact water filter and softener combo. Don’t let the size of your dwelling deter you from improving your water quality. With the Pelican Water EZ-Connect series you can drink fresher, cleaner water from every tap in your home.

Pelican Combo System Salt-Free Water Softener Whole-House Water Filter