Water pressure is an important factor when it comes to using your reverse osmosis system. Low water pressure can lead to an inefficient RO unit, which in turn leads to lower than expected yields and higher operational costs. Unfortunately, there’s no way to increase the water pressure in your home without some serious renovations or buying a new property.
However, there are a few things you can do to increase the pressure of water that enters your RO system and keep your operational costs down. Here are five ways to boost your unit’s performance and get the most out of your RO filter.
Change your RO membrane more often
The membrane inside your RO unit is designed to remove harmful contaminants from the water, but it’s also an important factor in maintaining water pressure. If your membrane becomes clogged or damaged due to frequent use, it can significantly decrease the pressure at the faucet. If you notice your water pressure dropping without any logical explanation, it’s a good idea to change your membrane a bit earlier than recommended.
Changing your membrane every two to three years instead of every five may seem like a small adjustment, but it can make a big difference in operational efficiency. In general, you should change your RO membrane if you notice a drop in water pressure, if your unit’s performance suddenly drops, or if there is an increase in operational costs.
Adjust the pressure valve
Most RO systems have a pressure valve that enables you to adjust the pressure of the water that enters the unit. If you notice that your system is shutting off prematurely due to low water pressure, you can adjust the pressure valve to raise the water pressure by a few pounds.
In general, a water pressure of around 45 psi is ideal for most RO systems. If you’re using a multi-stage RO system, you may want to keep the pressure valve set lower than 45 psi to prevent premature shut-off.
Run your RO system in short cycles
If you notice that your system is shutting off prematurely due to low water pressure, you can adjust your system to run in short cycles. If you have a multi-stage RO system, you may want to keep the pressure valve set lower than 45 psi to prevent premature shut-off. Run your RO system in short cycles. This will allow your system to take advantage of high pressure water from the tap by filling the unit with water at high pressure. Once the unit is full, the pressure valve will shut off the water.
The pressure will also drop as the water in the system drains back into the faucet. Run your RO system in short cycles to take advantage of high pressure water from the tap. This can be especially helpful if you’re using a single-stage RO system because the water pressure to fill the unit will be lower.
Use a booster pump
If you’re having persistent issues with low water pressure, you may want to consider installing a booster pump to increase the pressure of the water entering your RO system. When installing a booster pump, make sure that it is set to come on when there is low pressure.
A booster pump works by pumping water from a lower pressure source, such as your water heater, into your home’s water pressure system. The pump can be set to come on when either the water pressure drops or the water heater temperature rises. Depending on the size of your RO system, a booster pump may or may not be necessary. If you’re experiencing issues with low water pressure, a booster pump can help to bring the pressure up to an acceptable level.
Install a reverse osmosis pressure booster
If you’re having persistent issues with low water pressure, you may want to consider installing a reverse osmosis pressure booster. A reverse osmosis pressure booster is a device that sits between your water source and your RO system and boosts the pressure as it enters the unit.
In general, a reverse osmosis pressure booster can handle between 4 and 20 gallons per minute, so it’s best to consult a professional to determine your RO unit’s water flow rate. Normally, the home’s water pressure is used to fill the RO system, but after a certain point, the pressure drops below what is needed to fill the system. At this point, the pressure booster kicks in and fills the rest of the system with high-pressure water.
There are a few ways to increase the water pressure in your RO system without making major renovations. The most effective ways to boost water pressure are to change your RO membrane more often, adjusting your pressure valve, and running your system in short cycles.
If these adjustments don’t seem to be doing the trick, you can also install a booster pump or a reverse osmosis pressure booster. By boosting the water pressure that enters your RO unit, you can ensure that your system is getting filled with enough water to perform optimally.