Home Master TMAFC Artesian Reverse Osmosis Review

The Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system is a modular reverse osmosis filtration system that benefits from Home Master’s Artesian full contact system. What this means is that with this RO system you end up with water that has a taste rather than the bland tasteless water that usually results from most RO systems. The strange taste with much RO produced water is because all minerals have been removed leaving the water slightly acidic. The TMAFC does this by first removing minerals and impurities from the water and then, before the water leaves the filtration it passes through a remineralization system that adds minerals that give water its taste. At the same time that the minerals add taste to the water they also change the water from being slightly acidic to having a neutral pH value.

The modular filters on the system remove 98% of the solids, chemicals and metals (including iron) from the water that enters the system.

The Home Master TMAFC is, in common with many RO systems, quite wasteful in water. Depending on the input water pressure, as much as 4 gallons of impure water is wasted to produce 1 gallon of pure water. This can be greatly reduced by adding a permeate pump. This can reduce the water wastage by up to 80% and, at the same time, increase output by 50%.

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Filtration System Design

The Home Master TMAFC uses Home Master’s modular filter system. This modular design means that each filter comes in its own self-contained housing. This system offers several benefits over non-modular filtration system. Changing a filter is much easier; the old filter and housing is pulled out and a new one is pushed in, in its place. There is no need for any tools or cleaning out of the old housing. Filter change instructions, which is needed to be carried out annually, can be found here.

Water Efficiency

While this RO system is more efficient that many filter systems, it still wastes about 4 gallons of impure water for every gallon of pure water produced. This amount of water wastage can vary depending on the pressure of water entering the filter. The higher the input pressure the less water wasted. This reduced waste is because RO systems use water to periodically clean the filter membranes. The higher the pressure the more efficiently they are cleaned.

This waste water can be dramatically reduced by adding a permeate pump into the system. This permeate pump, which increases the water pressure, can mean that the waste water is reduced to the extent that 1 gallon is wasted for every gallon of pure water produced. Adding a permeate pump can also increase the output of pure water by up to 50%.

Ease of Installation 4.5/5

For anyone with basic do it yourself skills the Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system is quite straightforward to install. The pipes are all color coded and most of the connectors are push fit. The only difficulty that may be experienced is if you need to drill a hole in the sink to locate the pure water faucet. If you have a blanking plug in the sink or a spray faucet already there, this can be removed and the pure water faucet put in its place. There are full instruction details, including a template for installing the filter mounting bracket, in the owner’s manual on how to install the system but it is well worthwhile taking a look at the installation videos from Home Master first.

Video 1 – Introduction

Video 2 – Faucet installation

Video 3 – Fitting the feed water adaptor

Video 4 – Fitting the drain saddle

If you decide to add a permeate pump to your system, this is the stage where you need to add it. Check out section 3a of the owner’s manual for full instructions.

Video 5 – Mounting the RO unit

Take note of the need to have enough room to remove the unit for annual maintenance.

Video 6 – Final assembly and starting the unit up

Pros

Pure water output per day – 50 gallons

Filter life – 2,000 gallons or 1 year

Removes up to 98% of dissolved solids, chemicals & metals – click this link for details

Modular filter design – filter and filter container are one, pull-out, push-in, unit

Removes Iron

Full Contact Technology to re-mineralize water for better tasting water and a neutral pH value

Non-acidic water produced reduces storage tank degradation

Made in the USA

5 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

Cons

Wasteful in water. Can waste up to 4 gallons of water for every gallon of pure water produced. This can be greatly reduced (by up to 80%) by adding a permeate pump.

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Conclusion 4.6/5

Our Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system review has shown many of the positive elements about this system that makes it a highly popular as well as a very highly regarded system. The water produced is twice passed through a remineralization element that adds minerals to the pure water to give it a taste which is missing in many RO purified waters. This remineralization also stops the water being slightly acidic and gives it a neutral pH value. Installing the system is very straightforward and require few skills. Once installed they system can be forgotten about for a year until the modular filter need changing. Again there are high marks for the pull out and push in filter modules.

The only negative against the Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system is the water wastage. This is a common problem with RO systems that can be overcome by the adding of a permeate pump or taking a look at the Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection RO System which comes complete with the permeate pump.

Overall this system is highly recommended as a very cost-effective system that provides great tasting pure water.

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